What is an HS Code?

The Harmonized (Commodity Description and Coding) System, also known as the HS code, is a classification scheme that assigns each piece of merchandise an own number made up of a series of six digits. The commodity is then classified by customs using this special number.

Basically, the HS code:

  • Unique six-digit identification code

  • Organised into 21 sections and 99 chapters

  • More than 5,000 commodity groupings in total

  • Structured according to strict legal and logical parameters

  • Defined by rules that support consistent, and uniform global classification.

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