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Customs Tariff Codes Update

Every 5 years the World Customs Organisation (WCO), based in Brussels, releases their general review of the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonised System or HS). The latest review is due and we will get an updated system of HS codes in Jan 22.

The International Convention on the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System (HS Convention) underpins the Tariff schedules of more than 200 countries around the world. The HS Nomenclature serves as a uniform classification of goods traded internationally

The HS Nomenclature covers Chapter, Heading and Subheading, taking the HS code to six digits. Our own UK government adds a further two digits for exports and four digits for imports, to make up our UK Trade Tariff commodity codes. These extra digits are used to create and maintain Duty Tariffs, Domestic Taxes, Trade Policies, Rules of Origin, Monitoring of Controlled Goods and Price Monitoring.

From 1 January 2022 we can expect many changes to our own UK Trade Tariff, which of course takes the commodity codes from the HS Nomenclature. We await full details of the changes from HMRC in December and , In the meantime, the 6-digit correlation tables can be accessed on the WCO website here:

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table-ii_en.pdf (

In addition, the full HS Nomenclature 2022 edition can be accessed on the WCO website:

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