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H.S. CODE also knows as Harmonized System Code, is the primary tool used by customs officers and tariff personnel to classify imported goods. The WCO (World Customs Organization) developed H.S. CODE as a multipurpose international product nomenclature that describes the type of good that is shipped. Each H.S. CODE is a six-digit number, and many goods have multiple H.S. CODES associated with them—one for each country of origin or destination, or one for each brand or manufacturer, etc.
H.S. CODE can also be used to provide the common ID of import and export goods, to confirm commodity category, commodity classification management, audit tariff standards, and so on.
The H.S. CODE system is extremely useful in shipping operations because it allows customs officials to more quickly and easily identify goods, which speeds up the process of clearing goods through customs.
How many digit is H.S. CODE?
The Harmonized System (HS) code is used by borders agencies to identify the international trade status of commodities and is comprised of three parts: a 2-bit code, a 4-bit code, and a 6-bit code. The first six digits of the HS code can be used in conjunction with a country’s local Customs identification number to indicate the trade status of goods.
To determine if an HS code is valid, you must first find out what type of HS code it is. There are three types: commodity codes, statistical codes, and auxiliary codes. Commodity codes are used for raw materials and intermediate goods, statistical codes for customs purposes only, and auxiliary codes for other types of data that does not fit into either of the other two categories.
After determining what type of HS code it is, you must then look at the first two digits to find out if the HS code has a four-digit extension or not. If the first two digits are 00 through 21, then there is no four-digit extension. If the first two digits are 22 through 47, then there is a four-digit extension. If it has a four-digit extension, you will have to find out what it means by looking at an additional table that shows all possible. After determining what type of HS code it is, you must then look at the first two digits to find out if the HS code has a four-digit extension or not. If the first two digits are 00 through 21, then there is no four-digit extension. If the first two digits are 22 through 47, then there is a four-digit extension. If it has a four-digit extension, you will have to find out what it means by looking at an additional table that shows all possible
How do I find H.S. CODE?
You can query H.S. CODE in Hong Kong export and import data using the following steps:
- Go to https://www.censtatd.gov.hk/tc/
- Under “Import Data,” click on “Customs Import and Export Statistics”
- Click on the “Export” tab
- On the next page, look at the left-hand side of the page for a heading labeled “HS Code.” This is a list of all the H.S. codes you can use in your query
The following are examples of websites in China that query H.S. CODE:
Does HS code different per country?
Each nation can tweak the HTS code with a two or four-digit code, without changing the first six digits. In other words, the first six digits remain unchanged in every country. But it’s important that countries don’t modify the first six digits when they are adding numbers to categorize and define commodities more precisely.. Countries that are part of the Harmonized Systems Codes must be content with defining basic commodities at a 6 digit level, however they can also introduce more detailed descriptions within those 6 digits.