Avalara Item Classification

With automation from Avalara, you can conquer the complexity of assigning products Harmonized System codes (also known as HS codes or tariff codes) — making it easier to comply with customs regulations anywhere in the world

Classify with confidence

Researching HS codes for all products in all countries can be time-consuming and confusing. With Avalara Item Classification, you don’t have to be a global trade expert to feel confident about your tariff codes.

Make your business more efficient

It’s not easy to find the correct HS code, because even a simple product can have multiple options depending on the country, what the item is made from, and many other factors. Avalara’s automated process saves you the hassle of trying to figure it all out.

Give buyers the best experience

Armed with an HS code, you can calculate and collect the customs duty and import taxes up front, allowing Delivery Duty Paid (DDP) shipments and improving customer satisfaction by avoiding delays and surprise charges.

Improve accuracy and reduce costs

Using incorrect HS codes can result in products being held in customs, even heavy fines; having a broker or carrier figure out the right code often adds unnecessary costs. Avalara Item Classification can help you operate more accurately and efficiently.

Automated classification

Save money and reduce the time it takes to classify items — Avalara maps products to full, country-specific tariff codes (10–12 digits) using an efficient, automated process.

Automated classification

Save money and reduce the time it takes to classify items — Avalara maps products to full, country-specific tariff codes (10–12 digits) using an efficient, automated process.


Always up to date

Staying on top of the thousands of HS codes — and the changes to government regulations — can be time-consuming and difficult for your employeesstaff.  Automation means Avalara Item Classification is easier, and regularconstant updates mean it’s more accurate.


Worldwide access

Wherever a business sells, or wants to sell, we have it covered: Avalara Item Classification is available for any country and virtually every territory in the world.


Better for the supply chain

If you’re responsible for compliance in the supply chain, you know how difficult it is to keep costs down as cross-border package volume continues to grow. Automation with Avalara can help you manage the load while keeping expenses under control.


A better picture of your business

Allowing a shipper to handle your item classification can lead to inflated costs and inconsistent results, especially if that shipper chooses higher rates than needed to avoid customs issues. Avalara’s solution provides a clearer picture, so you can make the right decisions for your business.

Features and benefits

Automated classification
Automated classification

Save money and reduce the time it takes to classify items — Avalara maps products to full, country-specific tariff codes (10–12 digits) using an efficient, automated process.

Always up to date
Always up to date

Staying on top of the thousands of HS codes — and the changes to government regulations — can be time-consuming and difficult for your employees.  Automation means it's easier, and regular updates mean it's more accurate.

Worldwide access
Worldwide access

Wherever a business sells, or wants to sell, we have it covered: Avalara Item Classification is available for any country and virtually every territory in the world.

Better for the supply chain
Better for the supply chain

If you’re responsible for compliance in the supply chain, you know how difficult it is to keep costs down as cross-border package volume continues to grow. Automation with Avalara can help you manage the load while keeping expenses under control.

A better picture of your business
A better picture of your business

Allowing a shipper to handle your item classification can lead to inflated costs and inconsistent results, especially if that shipper chooses higher rates than needed to avoid customs issues. Avalara’s solution provides a clearer picture, so you can make the right decisions for your business.

Works with

AvaTax Cross-Border

Automated calculation of customs duties and import taxes can help make international sales more efficient and prevent costly shipping rejections, delays, and extra costs that lead to poor customer experiences.

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