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Binding Tariff Information

The EU's Binding Tariff Information (BTI) system can help you identify the right tariff classification for the goods you intend to export.

How does it work to apply for binding tariff information?

Read our guide before completing the application form.

To obtain Binding Tariff Information, you must apply to the customs authorities of the EU country you wish to export to, using the BTI application form. The BTI is valid throughout the EU, regardless of which EU country issued it.

See the list of EU customs offices in charge of your BTI application. Over time the contact details indicated in this list might change. You can verify them in our searchable database.

Having a BTI gives you legal certainty about the tariff classification of the product you wish to export. This is the basis for determining customs duties and whether or not you need an import certificate.

A BTI is generally valid for 3 years, although under certain circumstances it may cease to be valid (if the classification rules change, for example). If this happens, you can ask the customs authorities to allow you to continue using your BTI for a 'grace period', provided you meet the legal requirements (the authorities will tell you what these are).

All BTIs issued by the national customs authorities are held in the European Binding Tariff Information database.

The legal basis for the BTI application form is set out in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/341 of 17 December supplementing Regulation (EU) No. 952/2013 as regards transitional rules for certain provision of the UCC where the relevant electronic systems are not yet operational and amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No. 2015/2446.

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