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The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System

The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, known as Harmonized System or HS , is issued by World Customs Organization to serve as a multi-functional catalogue identifying international commodities. The system took effect in 1988. Now used as the basis of tariff collection and trade statistics, it is recognized by the vast majority of countries and regions in the world.

HS is a comprehensive, systematic, universal and accurate coding system to identify the commodities as per sources, the degrees of processing, purposes and industries they belong to. HS code divides the commodities into 21 categories, 97 chapters, all together 1247 items, including 5000 groups of commodities. 6 digits code is applied to identify each group of commodities, mainly used in trade statistics and analysis, the previous four digits serve as the basis of tariff collection for the countries in the world. Almost all commodities are identified by the system. At present more than 200,000 commodities are specified by HS, and 98%+ international trade products are coded by HS system.

HS is also a standardized multi-functional system to classify goods, universally applied by governments of all countries, international organizations and individuals in many other fields, such as domestic tax, trade policy, price control, quota control, budgeting, and economic research and analysis. Therefore HS Code becomes a universally recognized classification standard and economic language.

World Customs Organization devotes to the maintenance and updating of Harmonized system Codes and ensures the interpretation of HS Code unified worldwide, which can not be matched by other coding systems.

The website makes all products classification on the basis of 4-digit HS Code to ensure a clear understanding of products information for users from different countries, and meanwhile it gives convenience for users to make accurate search for products information by HS Code.

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