Legal certainty about your tariff classification

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

Before completing the BTI application form, you should read the general information notice.

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.

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 three years, although under certain circumstances it may be cancelled (for example if the classification rules change).

If your BTI is cancelled, 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 rules on Binding Tariff Information can be found in:

  • Articles 22-37 of the Regulation (EU) No. 952/2013 (establishing the Community Customs Code).
  • These rules are further clarified in Articles 11 to 22 (inclusive) of the rules implementing the Community Customs Code as regards detailed rules concerning certain provisions of the UCCArticles 8 to 23 (inclusive) of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 of 24 November 2015 laying down detailed rules for implementing certain provisions of the UCC.
  • 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. There is also a corrigendum to that regulation.
See also: List of customs authorities