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The UK Tariff Data Standard

The UK Tariff Data Standard describes how to store and exchange data about trade policy. It is used to share the United Kingdom’s Import and Export Tariff between government departments and the international trade industry.

The UK’s Import and Export Tariff

The Tariff sets the rules for trading with the UK.

It includes:

  • Duties that apply to goods imported from other countries and territories
  • Conditions that need to be met to import or export certain goods
  • Quantities of goods that can be imported with reduced rates
  • The legislative basis for these duties, conditions and quotas

The Tariff is created by trade policy teams across government and is ratified by Parliament. The Department for Business and Trade convert the legislation into data which is published via and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

Tariff data is used by:

  • other government departments (such as the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs)
  • crown dependencies Jersey and Guernsey
  • private sector trade bodies such as logistics providers

About the standard

This standard is the authority on the structure and meaning of tariff data and associated code lists. It is derived from TARIC used by the European Union to share trade policy information.

The standard is managed by an open working group. You can get involved with the open group discussions if you find problems with the standard or wish to contribute to it.

It is made available freely under the Open Government License v3.