An HS-Code ( Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System ) has become the worldwide standard for describing a commodity in a standardised way across many platforms and authorities like customs and port.

Every commodity that enters or crosses international borders is to be declared to customs by means of this HS-Code.

The HS-Code:

  • is identified by a six-digit code
  • consists of 5,000 commodity groups covered in 99 Chapters containing 21 Sections
  • is arranged in a legal and logical structure
  • supports clear rules to achieve a global classification system
  • defines rate of duty

How to find the right HS-Code:

  • check the HS-Code your supplier is using (Import)
  • ask the customs office or a customs agent

The use of the correct HS code can be complicated in certain cases, as the interpretation of the codes may depart by country and customs. Improper use of the HS Code could result in customs applying an inadmissible tariff that can exponentially increase the cost of imports for the customer.

If you need more information, please ask your Operations Manager.

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