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Published 8th September 2014, 4:16pm

This shortened version of the Customs Tariff Law 2012 is designed to assist Importers/Traders in becoming familiar with the new tariff codes.  It is also intended to help speed up the process of compliance and clearance in a timelier manner by allowing Importers/Traders to submit their declarations using the 4-digit code (Heading Level) for a specific period of time.

The shortened version “Does Not” in any way replace or supersede the current Customs Tariff Law 2012, and will be in effect for a period of one(1) year, commencing 1st September 2014 and concluding 31st August 2015.  At the end of this one (1) year period, all Importers/Traders will be expected to comply fully using the eight digit tariff .

The shortened version of the Customs Tariff Law 2012 came about due to difficulties by Importers in identifying the new codes as well as delays in clearing their goods with the Customs Department. It was also decided that additional measures would be put in place to further address these concerns. These measures include;

  • The current Tariff Law will remain enforce.  However, where possible the eight digit codes will be rolled up to the heading level to allow Importers to become familiar with the new tariff coding system.
  • Codes that have different rates of duty will remain at the eight-digit level unchanged.
  • Importers will be assisted in order to submit their customs declarations using only the 4-digit level (Heading Level). This approach will benefit Importers that visit the Customs Department to clear their imports.
  • Importers who are already familiar with the new Customs Tariff should continue to submit their declarations using the eight digit tariff codes.
  • Additional workshops will be offered to familiarize importers with the new tariff codes. These workshops will target Importers by industry to work towards creating “Tariff Booklets” specific to their industry.
  • A CI$5.00 administrative fee will be charged for assistance with goods classification, beginning September 1, 2014.
Shortened version of the Customs Tariff Law 2012 (September 1, 2014)
This shortened version of the Customs Tariff Law 2012 is designed to assist Importers/Traders in becoming familiar with the new tariff codes.