Are you an importer or exporter looking for information about import duties or other import taxes such as import VAT? Or do you want to know whether you need an import or export licence for your shipment? HS codes for products help with this. This ‘‘Harmonized System code’’ is used by customs authorities worldwide to classify products.
An HS code is a code that customs authorities use worldwide to classify products. Each product has a different HS code. The HS code is in the Netherlands also known as GS code. GS stands for Harmonised System. An HS code of a product consists of six digits. Almost all countries in the world use the same HS codes for products. The HS code for e.g. golf clubs and/or other golf supplies is the same in all countries, namely 9506 31. The list of HS codes can be found on the World Customs Organization website.
The HS Codes
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If you import goods from United States, China or another country outside the EU, you will need a ten-digit goods code for your import declaration. In the EU, this ten-digit code is called a Taric code. Certain goods are subject to several measures, in which case the Taric-code can be expanded to a maximum of eighteen digits.
An overview of all commodity codes can be found in Dutch Customs ‘Tariff’. Click on the tab ‘nomenclature’ and within that on ‘consult via nomenclature’. You get to the commodity code of a product by clicking the desired folder or by consulting the 10-digit code.
When exporting goods from the EU, the HS (‘Harmonised System’) code is expanded by 2 digits to give the CN (‘Combined Nomenclature’) code. This specifies the rules for exporting goods.
At importation, the Taric code should be used to verify compliance with financial and non-financial measures.
Determining the HS code or commodity code of your product is sometimes difficult. Many products are not literally reflected in the tariff. A ‘laptop’ or ‘tablet’ for example. These fall under the description ‘portable automatic data processing machines, weighing no more than 10 kg, comprising at least a central processing unit, a keyboard and a display’. The HS code for this is 8471 30. The relevant export commodity code (CN code) is 8471 30 00. The corresponding commodity code on imports (TARIC code) is 8471 30 00.
Is your product not mentioned by name in the tariff? Use the tools below to classify your product in a commodity code: