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Trade Term: Schedule B

Posted By rosannatorres On October 24, 2012 @ 6:59 am In Trade Terms | 2 Comments

By: Bibi Khan

You went to mail a shipment and your carrier asked you to provide them a Schedule B number.

What is that? A Schedule B number [1] is a 10-digit number used in the United States to classify physical goods for export to another country. The Schedule B is based on the international Harmonized System of 6-digit commodity classification codes. There is a Schedule B number for every physical product, from paperclips to airplanes.

Why do I need a Schedule B number?  Schedule B numbers are used by the Foreign Trade Division [2] to collect and publish the U.S. export statistics [3]. Schedule B numbers are required to be reported in the Automated Export System when shipments are valued over $2,500 or the item requires a license.

How do I get one? You can find your Schedule B number using the online Schedule B Search [4]. My colleague Justin wrote an earlier blog post [5] on how to use the search.  For even further guidance, watch our training video [6] below.  If you need export classification assistance, email ftd.scheduleb@census.gov [7] or call 1-800-549-0595, Menu Option #2.

Don’t forget! Every physical good has a Schedule B number. Join us in our efforts to maintain accurate trade statistics, and classify your product using the correct Schedule B number. 


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#1 Comment By michele pluta On October 26, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

sch b instructions video

#2 Comment By Global Reach Daniel On November 23, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

Hi Michele,

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URLs in this post:

[1] Schedule B number: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/reference/definitions/index.html#S

[2] Foreign Trade Division: http://www.census.gov/trade

[3] collect and publish the U.S. export statistics: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/data/index.html

[4] Schedule B Search: https://uscensus.prod.3ceonline.com

[5] blog post: http://globalreach.blogs.census.gov../2010/09/21/get-a-scheduleb/

[6] training video: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/data/video022.html

[7] ftd.scheduleb@census.gov: mailto:ftd.scheduleb@census.gov

[8] Tweet: https://twitter.com/share

[9] : http://youtu.be/QR0Zo-Yem60