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The countries of the European Customs Union regulate the import of goods into the internal market in the "Common Customs Tariff". The various goods are classified in this tariff and given a code number, which determines, among other things, the rates of duty and the documents required for clearance. Binding tariff information (BTI) provides legally binding information on the code number under which goods are to be classified in the Common Customs Tariff. The information enables you to calculate in good time the import duties that will be levied when goods are imported into the EU from a third country and to obtain any necessary documentation. This facilitates your operational calculations and speedy clearance. Customs tariff decisions that have already been issued are published in a common European database. You can view these decisions via the European Commission's database "European Binding Tariff Information" (BTI). Confidential details of a decision will be removed. Note: If you only require non-binding tariff information, you can contact the Central Customs Information Office.

if applicable illustrations, data sheets or descriptions of the goods in electronic form samples or specimens of the goods to be examined

Forms: yes Online procedure: yes Written form required: no Personal appearance required: no

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Generalzolldirektion (GZD), Zentrale Auskunftsstelle Zoll
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Hauptzollamt Hannover
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Hauptzollamt Hannover, Verbindliche Zolltarif- und Ursprungsauskünfte
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As a rule, your application must relate to an activity actually intended in connection with the international movement of goods. You prove this by specifying in the application whether the BTI is to be used for an import or export of goods or for a special procedure (e.g. customs warehouse).
As a rule, you can only obtain binding tariff information electronically. To request a binding tariff information: Access the Customs Citizen and Business Customer Portal. If you do not already have a user account, follow the instructions to create a citizen, user or business customer account. Once your information has been reviewed and approved, you will be able to use your account. Complete the online application for a binding tariff information, add attachments if necessary and submit the application. You will receive a confirmation of receipt with a transaction number and an application accompanying document. You can use the application accompanying document to send samples or specimens of the goods to be examined to the main customs office in Hanover. Please follow the instructions of the customs office in which cases samples or specimens are necessary. After your application has been processed, you will receive a decision in your electronic mailbox at the Citizens and Business Customer Portal of Customs. To view previously issued Customs Tariff decisions: Access European Binding Tariff Information (BTI) database of the European Commission. Start a query by entering a specific country, BTI number, validity date, keyword, nomenclature code or description of goods. A written request (customs form 0307) is only possible in exceptional cases.

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