TARIC, standing for Integrated Tariff of the European Communities (or more specifically - TARiff Integre Communautaire), is a multilingual database containing the various rules which apply to the import of specific products imported into the EU. These rules cover all the measures relating to tariff, commercial and agricultural import legislation. The purpose of the TARIC system is to ensure the uniform application of import measures by all EU Member States. It is also a great resource for local exporters (and intermediaries such as freight forwarders, etc.) of products to the EU to learn what tariffs and other import rules apply to their products. The TARIC system also makes available community-wide statistics for the measures concerned, but does not contain information relating to national levies such as rates of VAT and rates of excise duties.
A break-down of the TARIC system
The TARIC contains the following main categories of measures:
Refunds for export of basic (i.e. non processed) agricultural goods.
Antidumping measures; and
Countervailing duties measure.
Measures relating to restriction of movements:
Import and export prohibitions;
Import and export restrictions; and
Measures for gathering of statistical data:
The TARIC codes
Understanding the TARIC system is also important from the point-of-view of the tariff codes used within the system. The TARIC system uses a 10-digit TARIC code which builds upon the international harmonised system and the combined nomenclature, but which incorporates a unique 2-digit TARIC component as well (in some instances, a further four digits may be included in the code for more exact differentiations between products) . In trade with third countries, the TARIC code must be used in customs and statistical declarations – see the figure below.