The information in this help file is structured according the main browser screens and includes:
The Customs Department of Polish Ministry of Finance presents the Tariff Browser which enables browsing through the Internet the tariff data, above all the nomenclature codes and duty rates, and also other data related to Master Tariff.
With the use of the browser it is possible to:
· browse data concerning goods nomenclature, duty rates and other measures, and also additional information (this third category includes: Legal Notes, Explanatory Notes, Binding Tariff Information and Lists of Goods, Classification Regulations, Explanatory Notes for CN, Classification Rulings of European Commission, Adjudications of European Court of Justice, Pronouncements of Customs Code Committee, Compendium of Classification Opinions and Decisions of Harmonised Code Comittee;
· search for text expressions in the areas mentioned above and in the goods nomenclature code descriptions area;
· search for geographical areas (countries, regions and groups) through their codes;
· browse "Daily news" containing important information concerning trade.
The selection of one of available languages enables the display and/or search for EU data in this language and causes the change of Browser language. Polish data are presented in Polish only. Certain pages presenting text data existing only in Polish are used always in Polish, independent from selected interface language.
On Homepage the date of the last data modification is displayed too. It indicates the date from which the most up-to-date data are coming which can be displayed and/or searched with the browser.
This date indicates the current legal status. The Tariff Browser enables the search of data with legal status according to various dates. By default the reference validity date is always the current date, and in case of search for a legal status with a different date, this date must be entered in the Reference validity date field.
The Set current date button allows for automatic return to the current date, in case it was changed earlier.
When a non-existing date has been entered, for example, 2003 02 30, the browser automatically sets the last valid date (in that case 2003 02 28).
The following operation types can be carried out on the screen Browse tariff:
The way the criteria are entered is described in Display criteria.
The goods nomenclature is built as a hierarchically structured tree. After the button Browse nomenclature tree has been pressed, the Tariff Browser displays the Nomenclature tree screen with the section list. From that list, after clicking the section number, it is possible to go to the chapter list (two-digit code), then accordingly to the heading list (four-digit code), the sub-heading list (six-digit code), the combined nomenclature – CN list (eight-digit code), and the TARIC nomenclature list (ten-digit code), which is on the lowest tree level.
To all chapters two links are added: Legal Notes and Explanatory Notes. The first link allows to go to legal notes of the chapter, and second to explanatory notes of the chapter. This doesn't mean, that each chapter has the legal notes and explanatory notes attached. In fact, only certain chapters actually have such attachments. The links indicate however, that Legal Notes and Explanatory Notes can be attached to any chapter.
The layouts of the screens on chapter and position levels are related. The only difference is that only notes can be attached to positions.
Sometimes footnotes are assigned to codes on given levels (identifiers of which are the links) and Binding Tariff Information. Clicking on the icon allows to open Binding Tariff Information for each code.
Instead of scrolling the tree step by step, one can go directly to the searched code through entering the code into the Nomenclature code field and clicking the button Browse nomenclature tree. The browser displays the searched code in the context of adjacent codes.
From the Tariff tree screen it is possible go directly to the Duty rates screen . This is possible through clicking the nomenclature code on the lowest level, that is, the code which has no hierarchically lower codes. From that code one can go to the measures which are assigned to it.
Note: Entering a criterion in the additional information field when browsing nomenclature tree has no influence on the course of operation.
The measures are duty rates, taxes (VAT and excise tax), and non-tariff restrictions which are assigned to nomenclature codes.
The measures are always displayed for a particular nomenclature code. After the code has been entered the Tariff Browser displays all measures assigned to that code, for all the origin/destination countries. If, besides the code, also the origin/destination country criteria has been entered, the result will concern only those measures which are assigned simultaneously to the selected nomenclature code and origin/destination country.
Note: Entering the additional information as criterion has no influence on the course of measure display operation.
After the criterion (criteria) has been entered and the operation initialized, the browser displays the Duty Rates screen, where the information is presented in following order: the goods code with the goods description, measurement unit, restrictions concerning import and/or export of goods (with relevant footnotes, legal acts, and additional codes), and duty rates for particular countries or for a specific country (with relevant footnotes, legal acts, and additional codes as well).
Clicking the footnote code, legal act and additional code button opens the screen with detailed information. On the screen presenting the additional code description text sometimes the link to the footnote text of this code is displayed.
Some rates posses a link to so-called agricultural component (Meursing code). After clicking that link the Composition of goods screen is displayed where, after entering used values, it is possible to calculate an additional duty for certain agricultural commodities.
Sometimes applicability of a measure or the amount of duty rate depends on the certain conditions. In such a case the link Conditions is displayed below the measure. After clicking that link the screen presenting the information regarding conditions is displayed.
If the measure is assigned to the country group, it happens that some countries from that group are excluded from the application of the measure – then beside the country group code the abbreviation excl. is displayed with the excluded country (countries) id.
Duty rates are displayed in the alphabetical order according to the geographical areas to which they are assigned, but in the beginning measures assigned to all the countries (ergaomnes) are always displayed.
By clicking the code of the country or country group one will receive the related information on the Geographical areas screen .
There is also displayed a list of the Nomenclature Groups connected with current nomenclature code or code above in hierarchy. An list item consists of identifier of Group and its description.
Display additional information
The additional information covers: Legal Notes, Explanatory Notes, Binding Tariff Information, Lists of Goods, Classification Regulations, Explanatory Notes for CN, Classification Rulings of European Commission, Adjudications of European Court of Justice, Pronouncements of Customs Code Committee, Compendium of Classification Opinions and Decisions of Harmonised Code Comittee.
The display of additional information is carried out by displaying all information (within one of the mentioned above areas) which is assigned to the nomenclature code entered as a criterion. When, for example, code 0101 00 00 00 has been entered and additional information area "Legal notes" selected, the browser displays all legal notes assigned to the code 0101 00 00 00. Only the additional information valid for the entered validity date is displayed.
Independent from whether one or more information is assigned to the entered code, the found information is displayed in the beginning as a list of identifiers. After clicking the proper identifier the complete additional information is displayed in the Tariff Browser.
When no additional information is assigned to the entered code, the browser displays an adequate message.
This is the code which allows for hierarchical classification of goods. After the code has been entered, the Tariff Browser displays the code within the nomenclature tree or measures assigned to the code or additional information containing the code. If, besides the code, also the origin/destination country has been entered, the browser displays only the measures. The code must have the correct format, that is, it must be the two-, four-, six-, eight- or ten-digit code. It is not necessary to enter the spaces after the fourth, sixth and eight digits.
Country of origin/destination ( formeasures only)
This is the country from which the taxed commodity is imported or to which it is exported. After the country has been entered, the Tariff Browser displays all the measures assigned to that country.
For each country, the line containing the country name, and code is selected.
Beside the country, also the goods nomenclature code indicating the commodity must be entered. If no code has been entered, the browser displays no measures.
This is the information assigned to nomenclature code. It is only possible to display these assignments on one search area. After the nomenclature code and the selected area have been entered, the Tariff Browser displays additional information containing entered code. When in the selected area there is no nomenclature code entered as a criterion, the browser displays an adequate message.
If no code has been entered, the browser displays the error message.
The text search is searching for additional information with nomenclature codes descriptions added, according to text expression. When, for example, the word "saltpeter" has been entered and additional information area "Legal Notes" selected, the Tariff Browser displays all legal notes containing the word "saltpeter". Only the additional information valid for the set reference validity date is searched.
Independent from whether one or more occurrence of the entered expression is found in the selected search area, the found information is displayed in the beginning as a list of identifiers. After clicking the proper identifier the complete additional information with the occurrences of the entered expression highlighted is displayed in the browser.
On the Text expression screen the searched word or other search pattern (a fragment of a word, sentence, eventually with special signs or operators) should be entered.
To search for a tariff information based upon a fragment of a word, the percent wildcard character ( % ) should be used. For example, when searching for "pac%", all information containig "pac_" such as "packs", "packings", packages" etc. is obtained.
Several text expressions can be entered as well. To get the information containing all expressions, the expressions should be connected by AND operator. To get information containing at least one expression, the expressions should be connected by OR operator.
The browser does not distinguish different sizes of letters. The same results will be obtained after entering “Meat”, “MEAT”or “meat”.
The text expression is a word or part of the word. For example: “meat”, “beef meat”, “fresh beef meat”, etc.
If there is need to search in all areas one should select “All” in additional information drop down list. As a result of search there will be presented a list of all available areas with number of matches in each. Every item of this list is a link to search in particular area.
More precise ways of searching are described in the examples below.
When using text search, special operators, which define the range of searched expressions, can be used. The following list presents examples of possible operators to be used. The examples concern nomenclature code descriptions in English. The main purpose of the list is to present the principles of search, so it may happen, that due to modifications of the Master Tariff the real search results will look a bit different.
The AND operator is used to search for texts containing at least one occurrence of each of the searched expressions. The AND operator can be combined with all the other operators.
Example: when searching for "live AND animals", the results are: “LIVE ANIMALS”, "Live bovine animals" and "Other live animals".
The OR operator is used to search for texts containing at least one occurrence of each of the searched expressions. The OR operator can be combined with all the other operators.
Example: when searching for "potatoes OR meat", the results are 73 expressions containing word "potatoes" or "meat" or both of them.
The AND operator takes precedence to the OR operator. However, this precedence can be altered by putting parentheses. When searching for "meat OR fruits AND fresh", the results are all expressions containing word "meat" and all containing both words "fruits" and "fresh". When searching for "(meat OR fruits)" AND fresh" the results are all descriptions containing the word "fresh" and at least one of the words "meat" or "fruits".
Wildcard Character (%)
The percent wildcard operator indicates that any character or characters can appear in position represented by the wildcard. The % operator can be used in any place within a word. The % operator can be used with all other operators except stem ($) and fuzzy (?).
Example: when searching for "packages", the results are 4 expressions, but when using “pack%”, the results are 179 expressions, including "packs", "packings", packer", "packed" etc. next to "packages".
Wildcard Character (_)
The underscore wildcard operator indicates that a single position represented by underscore any character can occur. The _ operator can be used in any place within a word.
The _ operator can be used with all other wildcards except stem ($) and fuzzy (?).
Example: when searching for "processed", the results are 19 expressions, but when using “processe_”, the results are 32 expressions, including "processes" next to "processed".
Stem ($) - used in English only
The $ operator expands search to include all expressions having the same stem or root word as the searched for expression. It may only appear at the beginning of a word and cannot be used in combination with %, _ or ? operators.
Example: when searching for "Live", the results are 23 expressions, but when using “$live”, the results are 30 expressions, including "Liver" and "living" next to "live".
Fuzzy (?)- used in English only
The ? operator expands search to include all expressions spelling in a way similar to the searched for expression. It may only appear at the beginning of a word and cannot be used in combination with %, _ or $ operators.
Example: when searching for "packs", the results are 4 expressions, but when using “?packs”, the results are 26 expressions, including "backs", "parkas", "parks" and "padlocks" next to "packs".
The way the operations are carried out is described in Search criteria for text search.
The text expression is a text or its fragment. After the text expression has been entered, the Tariff Browser finds it within the selected additional information category. The default search area are Nomenclature Codes Descriptions.
Information, within the entered expression is searched for. Additional information covers: Nomenclature Codes Descriptions, Legal Notes, Explanatory Notes, Binding Tariff Information, REG, INF (do zmiany).
After the expression and the selected area have been entered, the browser displays additional information containing entered expression. When in the selected area there is no expression entered as a criterion, the browser displays an adequate message.
Searching for the geographical area consists of searching for the country or country group.
The country is searched for by entering the ISO country code (for example, “PL”). The obtained result includes, beside the ISO country code and the country name, also the codes of all the country groups, to which the searched country belongs.
The country group is searched for by entering the code of this group (for example, „1011”). The obtained result includes the list of all the countries which belong to this group. Besides, at each country the list of all the groups to which the country belongs is presented.
This is the country code given by the International Standard Organization (ISO) under the number 3166-2 Alpha code. After the code has been entered, the Tariff Browser finds the country name, codes of country groups to which the country belongs.
This is the name of the country. After the name has been entered, the Tariff Browser finds the ISO country code, codes of country groups to which the country belongs.
This is the code of the country group to which two or more countries belong. After the code has been entered, the Tariff Browser finds the ISO country codes, country names.
Information covers information contained in the first volume of Master Tariff. The Tariff Browser displays the complete information, for a previously set reference validity date.
In the browser the exchange rates of Euro to UE member states currencies are presented. The table presents currency exchange rates, used in duty, valid on a day specified in "Reference validity date" field.
There is presented information of place of publication of currency exchange rates below the table. It will appear only if entered in Master Tariff Database.
„Daily news” is up-to-date, important information concerning trade and customs area.
This function allows to search and browse in Quotas defined in system. One can search by quota number or by country code.
After search, on the screen will be presented a list of found quotas. To view full information about particular quota one should use “Details” link placed on the right side of screen.
The quota order number that identifies the quota.
The geographical area of origin the quota applies for. The quota can be associated with the geographical area or group of countries. In the latter case it is applicable to all the geographical areas that belong to the group of countries in the quota validity period. As a search criterion a geographical area can be specified.
It is the start date of the quota validity period.
It is the end date of the quota validity period.
The volume is the value of the quota amount.
The balance is the value of the remaining quota amount that can be granted.
The critical state indicator provides informationthat the quota is in the critical state i.e. the quota has reached the quota critical thresholdand it is close to being exhausted.
Maximal precision of amount corresponding to the quota's volume.
This is the total value of the quota drawing requests awaiting allocation.
This is the date of the last import (quota drawing request)awaiting allocation.
Blocking periods for quota (sub-quota).
Suspension periods for quota (sub-quota).
Quota unblocking date (the last event of unblocking).
This is the date on which the quota became exhausted.
Quota re-opening date (the last event of re-opening).
Quota unsuspension date (the last event of unsuspension).
Quota closure date (the last event of closure).
This is the list of order numbers of associated subquotas, in case the presented quota is the main quota.
This is the list of the TARIC codes the quota applies for.
This date indicates the current legal status.