This is a prerequisite for general interrogation and search for a tariff heading and for obtaining relevant results.
Usually, goods identification is carried out according to the following main elements:
- The nature/definition of the product. ex: a bottle of water, a medicine.
- Its usual, commercial name. ex: a chair, a smartphone.
- Its composition as detailed as possible (essential for classification). ex: wooden cher for office, for kitchen…
- Its use, utilization, destination. ex: children’s toy, seat (for the chair), seed grains, food supplement…
- Weight, volume, fat content, lenght, width, height…
- Form, presentation. ex : Flattened or flaked grains.
- Its specificities (case of dual-use products, weapons equipment, …)
These elements constitute essential classificication criteria, whatever the research methods.
These elements are mainly gathered thanks to :
- Plans, drawings, diagrams…
- Company product sheet.
- Lab analysis results.
- Company catalog.
- Information obtained thanks to interactions with operators.
- Information (definition, description, production process, etc.) provided by dictionaries, encyclopedias, various and multiple sources.
- In the Tariff and the explanatory Notes, that define them and describe them for some (ex: suit).
Some of these elements are public, others communicated only between professionals, others still highly confidential and sometimes non-transferable.
Schematically, the recommended path of research and collection of useful elements is as follows: