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Importing Sneakers into the U.S.


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Importing Sneakers into the United States: HTS Code Classification

Why is HTS Code Classification Important?

Correctly classifying sneakers according to their Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes is crucial when importing into the United States. The HTS Code determines duty rates, free trade agreements, regulations, and more.

What Factors Determine Sneaker Classification?

The classification of sneakers depends on two main factors:

  • The material of the upper part of the shoe with the greatest external surface area.
  • The material of the external surface area of the outer sole.


Where to Find HTS Codes for Sneakers?

You can refer to the HTS code database, specifically the category for "tennis shoes, basketball shoes, gym shoes, training shoes, and the like." This category covers athletic footwear other than sports footwear.

Which Chapter of the HTS Database Covers Footwear?

Footwear falls under Chapter 64 of the HTS database, making 64 the first two digits of the code for all types of footwear.

How to Determine the Full HTS Code?

The remaining 8 digits of the code depend on the specific materials and features of the sneakers. Consult the HTS code database and use the country of origin to find the proper classification code.

What's Next After Determining the HTS Code?

Once you have the classification code, you can figure out the applicable duty rate. For expert advice on the HTS code and trade status, consider consulting an import-export specialist.

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