HS codes list and customs tariff code finder

HS codes list and customs tariff code finder

HS codes

Millions of shipments are sent across the world and they all need to be checked, classified and taxed by customs authorities. Product names may differ from country to country. In order to have clarity in advance what is being shipped there is a system of so-called HS codes.

What Are Harmonized System (HS) Shipping Codes?

The HS code is a worldwide terminology for the classification of items. It helps customs in various countries to make sure that they are talking about the same product and the HS code of a product also determines the import duties. Worldwide it is a six-digit code framework for grouping and categories different merchandise and goods being exported.

Where to find the HS-code list?

Different countries may have different versions of the HS code list, but at least the first 6 digits are fully harmonised. You can find a good website to lookup the code for your product here.

How many Harmonized System (HS) shipping codes are there?

There are approximately in circulation 5,300 HS codes that identify export goodsthat are broken down into headings along with subheadings. They are also arranged into 99 different chapters around with being grouped into 21 sections. The shipping code is broken into the following three different parts:

  1. The first two digits give a rough indication of the product an refer to the various chapters of the list (HS-2).
  2. The following two digits within the code help to further identity the product category (HS-4).
  3. The final two digits within the code are extremely specific to the goods that are exported (HS-6).

There are only a couple of countries who do not follow the current version of the 3 for the HS-6 level. They apply the old version of Harmonized System rather than the new updated version.

Harmonized System and Harmonized Tariff Schedule

The Harmonized Systems (HS) is linked with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the various countries where you want to export to, for example the one of the United States. Depending on the HS code that you assign to your goods, you will have to pay import duties. If you do not apply these codes correctly your goods may be seized or you may face penalties. Especially where two or more HS codes may be applied you may want to check first with customs in the target country.

The full 2-digit HS codes list

HS Code 4 digit categories Product descriptions
1 0101 - 0106 Live animals
2 0201 - 0210 Meat and edible meat offal
3 0301 - 0307 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates
4 0401 - 0410 Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
5 0501 - 0511 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
6 0601 - 0604 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
7 0701 - 0714 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
8 0801 - 0814 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
9 0901 - 0910 Coffee, tea, mate and spices
10 1001 - 1008 Cereals
11 1101 - 1109 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten
12 1201 - 1214 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants ; straw and fodder
13 1301 - 1302 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts
14 1401 - 1404 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included
15 1501 - 1522 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
16 1601 - 1605 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates
17 1701 - 1704 Sugars and sugar confectionery
18 1801 - 1806 Cocoa and cocoa preparations
19 1901 - 1905 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks' products
20 2001 - 2009 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants
21 2101 - 2106 Miscellaneous edible preparations
22 2201 - 2209 Beverages, spirits and vinegar
23 2301 - 2309 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder
24 2401 - 2403 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
25 2501 - 2530 Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
26 2601 - 2621 Ores, slag and ash
27 2701 - 2715 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
28 2801 - 2853 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
29 2901 - 2942 Organic chemicals
30 3001 - 3006 Pharmaceutical products
31 3101 - 3105 Fertilisers
32 3201 - 3215 Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks
33 3301 - 3307 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
34 3401 - 3407 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modelling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster
35 3501 - 3507 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes
36 3601 - 3606 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
37 3701 - 3707 Photographic or cinematographic goods
38 3801 - 3825 Miscellaneous chemical products
39 3901 - 3926 Plastics and articles thereof
40 4001 - 4017 Rubber and articles thereof
41 4101 - 4115 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather
42 4201 - 4206 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
43 4301 - 4304 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof
44 4401 - 4421 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
45 4501 - 4504 Cork and articles of cork
46 4601 - 4602 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
47 4701 - 4707 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard
48 4801 - 4823 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
49 4901 - 4911 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
50 5001 - 5007 Silk
51 5101 - 5113 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric
52 5201 - 5212 Cotton
53 5301 - 5311 Other vegetable textile fibres; paper yarn and woven fabrics of paper yarn
54 5401 - 5408 Sewing thread of man-made filaments, whether or not put up for retail sale
55 5501 - 5516 Man-made staple fibres
56 5601 - 5609 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof
57 5701 - 5705 Carpets and other textile floor coverings
58 5801 - 5811 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace; tapestries; trimmings; embroidery
59 5901 - 5911 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use
60 6001 - 6006 Knitted or crocheted fabrics
61 6101 - 6117 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted
62 6201 - 6217 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted
63 6301 - 6310 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags
64 6401 - 6406 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles
65 6501 - 6507 Headgear and parts thereof
66 6601 - 6603 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof
67 6701 - 6704 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair
68 6801 - 6815 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
69 6901 - 6914 Ceramic products
70 7001 - 7020 Glass and glassware
71 7101 - 7118 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal, and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin
72 7201 - 7229 Iron and steel
73 7301 - 7326 Articles of iron or steel
74 7401 - 7419 Copper and articles thereof
75 7501 - 7508 Nickel and articles thereof
76 7601 - 7616 Aluminium and articles thereof
78 7801 - 7806 Lead and articles thereof
79 7901 - 7907 Zinc and articles thereof
80 8001 - 8007 Tin and articles thereof
81 8101 - 8113 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof
82 8201 - 8215 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
83 8301 - 8311 Miscellaneous articles of base metal
84 8401 - 8487 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
85 8501 - 8548 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
86 8601 - 8609 Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
87 8701 - 8716 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof
88 8801 - 8805 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
89 8901 - 8908 Ships, boats and floating structures
90 9001 - 9033 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
91 9101 - 9114 Clocks and watches and parts thereof
92 9201 - 9209 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles
93 9301 - 9307 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
94 9401 - 9406 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
95 9501 - 9508 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof
96 9601 - 9618 Miscellaneous manufactured articles
97 9701 - 9706 Works of art, collectors' pieces, and antiques
This entry in exports was updated on October 6, 2019 by specialist.