What is a HS Code..??

You would have seen this terminology across many documentation or correspondences.. What does this HS Code really mean, who uses it and what is it used for..??

HS Code stands for  Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System..

This is the common standard worldwide for describing the type of commodity.. Every commodity that enters or crosses most international borders have to be declared to customs by means of this code.. This helps in standardizing the codes worldwide..

As of 2017, the HS Code has 99 Chapters covering 21 Sections which maybe accessed here..

Here is some further information about the HS Codes from WCO website..

What is HS CodeThe Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System generally referred to as “Harmonized System” or simply “HS” is a multipurpose international product nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO).

It comprises about 5,000 commodity groups; each identified by a six digit code, arranged in a legal and logical structure and is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification.

The system is used by more than 200 countries and economies as a basis for their Customs tariffs and for the collection of international trade statistics. Over 98 % of the merchandise in international trade is classified in terms of the HS.

The HS contributes to the harmonization of Customs and trade procedures, and the non-documentary trade data interchange in connection with such procedures, thus reducing the costs related to international trade.

It is also extensively used by governments, international organizations and the private sector for many other purposes such as internal taxes, trade policies, monitoring of controlled goods, rules of origin, freight tariffs, transport statistics, price monitoring, quota controls, compilation of national accounts, and economic research and analysis. The HS is thus a universal economic language and code for goods, and an indispensable tool for international trade.

The Harmonized System is governed by “The International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System”. The official interpretation of the HS is given in the Explanatory Notes (5 volumes in English and French) published by the WCO. The Explanatory Notes are also available on online and on CD-ROM, as part of a database which groups all the available HS Tools, by adding to the information on the Nomenclature, the Compendium of Classification Opinions and the Explanatory Notes, that relating to the Alphabetical Index and the Brochure on Classification Decisions taken by the Harmonized System Committee.

The maintenance of the HS is a WCO priority. This activity includes measures to secure uniform interpretation of the HS and its periodic updating in light of developments in technology and changes in trade patterns. The WCO manages this process through the Harmonized System Committee (representing the Contracting Parties to the HS Convention), which examines policy matters, takes decisions on classification questions, settles disputes and prepares amendments to the Explanatory Notes. The HS Committee also prepares amendments updating the HS every 5 – 6 years.

Decisions concerning the interpretation and application of the Harmonized System, such as classification decisions and amendments to the Explanatory Notes or to the Compendium of Classification Opinions, become effective two months after the approval by the HS Committee. These are reflected in the amending supplements of the relevant WCO Publications.


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35 comments on “What is a HS Code..??

  1. How do I get a ha code for my profuct

  2. What is the HS code for musical instrument cleaners, Cymbal cleaner, drum polish?

  3. Why is it that One Country use different HS Code from the other?
    Which must be followed to avoid custom charges?


  4. MD. HAZRAT ALI says:

    What is the actual harmonized code of 4 ply offset printing blanket (in roll, not cut to shape)


    Nd. Hazrat ali

  5. Rahul Kumar says:


    Actually i want to know all process about import and export and what is HS code or etc. so could you please share me the same what i want.


    rahul kumar

  6. musthak says:

    i wand hs code automobile spare parts please send me

  7. J. Mane says:

    What is the HS Code for High Speed Diesel?

  8. J. Mane says:

    what is HS Code for igh Speed Diesel

  9. andrew.thav@gmail.com says:

    hi, how can i download all chapters of HS code for your above mentioned? could you pls share to me. thanks in advance.

  10. Jackson Chu says:

    What is the HS code for industrial turbine like the GE LM2500?

    1. emblein says:

      will it not fall under chapter 84? the chapters are vague, aren’t they? like chapters 84 and 85, how can we really differentiate. confusing.

    2. emblein says:

      Oh i think i found it. here is the site http://www.hscode.org/ and according to it, the HS code could be 8406, 8410 or 8411, depending on what type of turbine.

  11. First class meaningful harmonized system

  12. PANKAJ TANWAR says:

    Its realy very good site for meaning for any word .

  13. is the Turkish GTIP code the same HS code with 6 zeros added to make it the 12 digit number they use? I’ve got my products HS code, I’m just wondering if that’s what the Turkish Customs Dept does to get 12 digits?

  14. Please treat this very urgent.
    I want to take one order for export , But the coustmer is asking for HS Code.
    I have no idea regarding this codes and all.
    Please help me.
    The material description is as follow :-
    Steel Round Bar
    Quality :- C 45 N
    Your early and positive reply in this regards will be highly appreciated.

    1. Shrenik, if you visit the link in the above post, you can search for the HS code..

  15. Samina Tahir says:

    Please treat it very urgently. I am about to import artificial jewelry from US and i want to know that what is there HS code. I have asked the importer/whole seller but they are not providing me the required information. Please help me.

  16. Dear sir,i would. like. to know the. H s Code for our various. specialty. sugars like. Castor. sugar , demerara. sugar , Light. Brown. Sugar ,Icing. Sugar ,Lump. Sugar, Pharma. sugar used. for manufacturing various. pharma. products . Sir. l want to know when Sugar is banned in India. then our above. all specialty products are. banned by Govt. of India for exports. Whereas our quantity is very small & fetches. value. addition but still. this is a problem. how we should. be exumpeted from this problem. of ban? pl. answer & guide us how to proceed further. Awaiting. ur soonest reply. with. Regards ……. Samyak Lodha. +91-93261-92191.

  17. Hossam says:

    Hello – Iam from Egypt –
    I have urgent shipment and need to know what’s HS CODE for the Egyptian Marble
    Please note that it’s cut and polished
    Neeed help,


    1. SM Kausar says:

      Hi I’m kausar from bangladesh and i want to import rubber shoes from china so please tell me the hs code of rubber shoes.waiting for your reply.thanks.

  18. Eric Ng says:

    Hi what is the HS Code for exporting ship spares to ZONE PORTUAIRE DEGRAD DES CANNES


  19. Please explain to me what is the HS Code for mineral supplements, either in a liquid concentrate or enteric-coated tablet form

    1. Manaadiar says:

      Hi Stephen, please visit http://www.cargoinfo.co.za/customs/customstree.asp where you will find the required information..

  20. R.R.Niraula says:

    We are in the business of animal health and there has been lot of confusion on Pure vitamins and formulated vitamins, formulated vitamins with minerals, and also somtimes with antibiotics. Kindly explain in with HS code do they fall in and why.
    Let us assume I have feedsupplement of vitamins contains formulated with number of vitamins, with or without minerals and antibiotics, kindly explain where does it falls in HScode

  21. A. N. Harshe says:

    What is H. S. Code for Plates made of Porous Silicon Carbide? These are to be used as setter plates in Kiln or Sintering Press.

  22. John says:

    We are a furniture removal company wanting to send a consignment of used household and personal effects by sea to Luanda. Please advise what HS Code to use for this mixed load.



  23. Brown Lima says:

    What is the HS Code for exporting Aluminum Used Can Beverages to Thailand ? i would like to have the Code asap please .

  24. Salem Mandour says:

    Thanks & appriciated for your effort & useful web site.

    Best Regards..,
    Salem Mandour

  25. rishe says:

    any one can possible to explain. how to import the electronics good from the china, what is the formalities, with payment detail & registration details?

  26. rishe says:

    how to apply the HS code? , how many days to get the number? , how much we want to pay?. can i import the electronics from china?

  27. Lindy Van Zyl says:

    Kindly forward me the HS Code for South Africa. (for surgical spirits )

    Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards

    Lindy Van Zyl
    Electronic Technology

  28. Alta says:

    What is the HS Code for importing Make-up?

  29. Stuart says:

    Good day:
    What is the HS Code for import/exporting vitamin supplements please?

    T + R


    1. Nagy ali says:

      Please what is HS code in Inda for copper lamp if I send from Egypt ?

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