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Accessing global HS-based tariffs

Exporters will commonly want to know what a particular tariff is for a specified product entering a given country. With so many countries to consider, where does one find this information - it would be tedious to visit the customs department of every country?

Fortunately, the UNCTAD Trade Analysis Information System [ (or TRAINS for short) is a comprehensive computerised information system at the HS-based tariff line level covering tariff, para-tariff and non-tariff measures, as well as import flows by origin for more than 140 countries. This data is available for download and analysis on a fee basis.

Alternatively, you can access the database online here.

At this site, you can query the online database to determine the tariff applied to a particular product (based on its HS code) by a given country or range of countries. The system also provides an indication of the import volumes and the export countries that are supplying the product in question to the countries selected.

This makes it possible for the exporter to determine (a) what the tariffs are for a specific product and country, as well as (b) which other countries are supplying the product concerned to the countries in question - very useful information to determine the market opportunities for the specified product in the given country!

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