Schedule B shipping codes are used when exporting products from the U.S. These codes, administered by the U.S. Census Bureau, are used to complete shipping documentation, classify exported products and calculate U.S. export statistics. The proper shipping class codes must be included on the Shippers’ Export Declaration (SED), Certificates of Origin and other export shipping documents.
10-Digit Classification Code
There are millions of trade transactions occurring each year. These transactions are classified under approximately 8,000 different products leaving the United States. Every item that is exported is assigned a unique 10-digit identification code. Every 10-digit item is part of a series of progressively broader product categories.
For example, concentrated frozen apple juice is assigned a 10-digit identifier that is aggregated into a broader category assigned a 6-digit identifier described as apple juice. The 6-digit identifier described as apple juice is aggregated into a broader category assigned a 4-digit identifier described as fruit juices and vegetable juices, etc. The 4-digit identifier is further aggregated into a broader category assigned a 2-digit identifier described as Preparations of Vegetables, Fruit, Nuts etc.
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