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What is a HS Code?

What is a HS Code?

The HS Code is a six-digit code that identifies a commodity. Its structure is based on the chapter number, heading and subheading codes of the HS nomenclature.

For example, HS Code 620520 would therefore comprise of the following: -

  • 62 (Chapter) - Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted
  • 05 (Heading) – Men's or Boy's Shirts
  • 20 (Subheading) – Of Cotton

Tariff/HS code diagram 2

All countries using the HS will publish their own tariffs using this universal code. HS Codes are required for export.

The system was developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and is used by over 200 countries as a basis for their customs tariffs.

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