Customs tariff numbers are used in foreign trade for calculating taxes, for controlling import or export restrictions, and for statistical evaluations. The correct assignment of goods to commodity code (technical term: tariff classification) and the annual update is a demanding and difficult task.
» Your goal: Simple, fast and secure assignment of customs tariff numbers.
As a company, you are faced with the task of correctly classifying not only new goods once, but to assign all goods again each year using the SOVA master file. Unambiguous classifications or very detailed, hard-to understand definitions make your life more difficult.
Our solution: Classification of new goods made easy – with simus classmate
simus classmate offers automated text analysis that you can use as a smart tool in the support of the classification of goods in the customs tariff and the annual update.
This is how automatic assignment by text analysis with simus classmate works:
1) Existing material short texts are analyzed
In this case, the relevant keywords from the material short texts are determined first. Now, the customs tariff numbers to which materials with these keywords were previously assigned in the inventory are considered. The results are sorted by frequency. The user gets a quick overview of the customs tariff numbers that were used in the past for products with this keyword, together with the texts from the Sova master file. The selection of the most useful number, if there are several to choose from, is then performed manually.
2) Implementation based on the SOVA description
As the groundwork for processing, the texts of the Sova master file are analyzed first, followed by the extraction of relevant keywords. If requested, restrictive values such as height or weight including units can also be filtered and used as comparison operators.
This database is stored in simus classmate. If an employee now wants to define the customs tariff number for a material, the corresponding keywords from the material short text are automatically compared to the database and the matching customs tariff number(s) are suggested. If there are several matching possibilities, this is displayed in a graphic image in the system, and the employee can now easily select the matching number manually and adopt it to the system at the push of a button.
3) The relevant data is used to develop appropriate suggestions for the classification of goods in the customs tariff from both approaches.
Annual update of existing tariff numbers
Based on a database, which is created from the text analysis of the SOVA master file, simus classmate compares the existing mapping with new data. Those materials for which a new customs tariff number has been assigned are highlighted by a visual identifier in the system. For the user, it is openly displayed where the system can automatically update the customs tariff number and where manual intervention is required.