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Bermuda Customs Tariff

Country / Area: Bermuda

Classification category: Product classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Bermuda Customs Tariff 2012 (used for the classification of trade statistics data)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes.


Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?There are three (3) levels of classification;

(1) Chapter (total of 98 chapters)
(2) Heading (number varies for each chapter)
(3) Tariff code (number varies for each chapter)

2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.(1) Chapter (2 digit) Chapter 01: Live Animals
(2) Heading (4 digit) Heading 0101: Live Horses, asses mules and hinnies
(3) Tariff code (7 digit) Tariff Code: 0101210: Horses: Pure-bred breeding animals
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System generally referred to as "Harmonized System" or simply "HS" is a multipurpose international product nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO).
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)Yes, it is identical to the international standard; however, an additional level of classification has been added to gather more in-depth data at the national level. Coding at the international level is limited to 6 digits while at the national level it is extended to 7 digits. Data can be collapsed back to the 6 digit level for international comparison.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.N/A
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)Full comparison with all countries that use the HS classification system
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.N/A
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.The HS classification is mainly used for compiling trade statistics data for imports into Bermuda. The data provider (HM Customs) uses the classification to code imports and apply various importation taxes to generate revenue for the Bermuda Government.
This classification is also used by clients who search for tariff numbers to request import data.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)N/A
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?N/A
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)The HS classification system was adopted by HM Customs during the late 1990’s.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The Department of Statistics used the classification system shortly thereafter.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?HM Customs revises the national classification on an annual basis (at the 7 digit in-depth detailed level).
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Standard International Trade Classification (SITC)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThis classification is an international classification provided by UNSD.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))There are 5 Levels of classification


- Section: 0 - Food and live animals
- Division: 00 - Live animals other than animals of division 03
- Group: 001 - Live animals other than animals of division 03
- Subgroup: 001.1 - Bovine animals, live
- Basic heading: 001.11 - Pure-bred breeding animals

5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes, however they are electronic.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?The SITC classification was the first trade classification system used by HM Customs and dates back to the seventies or perhaps before then
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.No.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes. Explanatory notes can be found in the classification booklet.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?N/A
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?N/A
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?N/A
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, available in TXT or Excel
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?N/A
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationAt the International Level: WCO
At the National Level: Bermuda Government, H.M. Customs
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryH.M. CUSTOMS:
Custom House
40 Front Street
Hamilton HM 12
Telephone: (441) 295-4816
Fax: (441) 295-5392
Email: customs@gov.bm
Webpage: www.customs.gov.bm
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantN/A

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/1/2012