Not otherwise specified/Not elsewhere specified (NOS/NES)

Not otherwise specified (NOS) and not elsewhere specified (NES) are terms that are often used in ocean or airfreight tariffs. If no rate for the specific commodity shipped appears in the tariff, then a general class rate (for example printed matter NES) will apply. Such rates usually are higher than rates for specific commodities.

In order to avoid paying the higher NOS/NES rate, it is important to determine the correct classification for the commodity being shipped. The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) can be a helpful resource in this regard. Once the proper classification is determined, the shipper can verify that the commodity is not already included in the NOS/NES category. If it is not, the shipper can then negotiate with the carrier to have the commodity re-classified.

NOS/NES rates are generally applied to commodities that are new and/or lack a specific classification. As such, it is important to work with your logistics provider to ensure that your commodity is properly classified to avoid paying unnecessarily high rates.

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