Updated FTA Tariff Tool

March 16, 2016

pic-globe-export-tech.smWith the launch of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Tariff Tool in 2011, the International Trade Administration (ITA) created a free, online mechanism to enable U.S. businesses to quickly and easily calculate the tariff benefits on their exports to U.S. free trade agreement partner countries. ITA has now expanded that tool to include the latest tariff information on U.S. products exported to the 11 countries that recently signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). When fully entered into force, the TPP will eliminate more than 18,000 foreign taxes, or tariffs, that various countries place on Made-In-America exports.  The updated Tariff Tool can be found here.

For any exporter, especially small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), researching tariff rates that apply to various products can be costly and time consuming. The tariff schedules among our 11 TPP partners account for thousands of pages in the agreement.  If an exporter is able to find out where their specific product is in the tariff schedule, they may still have challenges determining what that tariff will be next year, or in 5 years, or in 10 years. The FTA Tariff Tool reduces uncertainty and increases clarity, saving businesses time and money while providing critical information to develop international expansion strategies.

The updated tool provides instant TPP tariff information—searchable by keyword or tariff code— via a user-friendly, accessible interface. It incorporates all products (agricultural and non-agricultural goods) classified within all 97 chapters of the Harmonized System, and includes information on product-specific rules of origin to determine the eligibility of the reduce tariff rates under TPP. The Tariff Tool not only provides information on current tariff lines, but also provides transparency on future tariffs and the year in which those products become duty free

Furthermore, the Department of Commerce has established a series of regularly scheduled webinars the week of March 14 and the week of March 21 to assist those interested in using the FTA Tariff Tool. If you have questions, please contact DOC at FTATariffTool@trade.gov.

Dates and Times (Eastern Daylight)

March 16, 10:00am – 11:00am

March 17, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

March 18, 10:00am – 11:00am

March 21, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

March 22, 10:00am – 11:00am

March 23, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

March 24, 10:00am – 11:00am

March 25, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

How to Log-In to the Webinar

Participant Passcode: 8750962 (Note: The participant passcode is the same for all webinars.)

Audio Dial-in Numbers: 1-210-838-9521 or 1-888-889-0538 (Note: The audio dial-in numbers are the same for all webinars. Restrictions may exist when accessing free phone/toll free numbers using a mobile telephone.)

Internet Log-In Information: The Net portion of the webinar can be accessed 30 minutes prior to its scheduled start time for each of the scheduled webinars.  Use the date-specific link below to log-in to the webinar.