January 07, 2020
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Harmonized System (HS)

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The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System generally referred to as "Harmonized System" or simply "HS" is a multipurpose international product nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO).

It is set out in the Annex to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. Definition of the HS provided in the Convention: the HS means the Nomenclature comprising the headings and subheadings and their related numerical codes, the Section, Chapter and Subheading Notes and the General Rules for the interpretation of the Harmonized System, set out in the Annex to this Convention.

The HS comprises about 5,000 commodity groups; each identified by a six-digit code, arranged in a legal and logical structure and is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification.

The system is used by more than 200 countries and economies as a basis for their Customs tariffs and for the collection of international trade statistics. Over 98 % of the merchandise in international trade is classified in terms of the HS. 

The HS contributes to the harmonization of Customs and trade procedures, and the non-documentary trade data interchange in connection with such procedures, thus reducing the costs related to international trade.

It is also extensively used by governments, international organizations and the private sector for many other purposes such as internal taxes, trade policies, monitoring of controlled goods, rules of origin, freight tariffs, transport statistics, price monitoring, quota controls, compilation of national accounts, and economic research and analysis. The HS is thus a universal economic language and code for goods, and an indispensable tool for international trade.

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Trade with Brazil: the use of ‘attributes’ in classification of goods
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Due to the need for more precise controls on foreign trade, the Brazilian government decided to adopt an additional methodology to performing the classification of goods in the HS/NCM, which is the use of 'attributes'. Each position in the HS/NCM can have several attributes, and the importer must indicate which one or which ones apply to the goods. This new import process aims to optimise customs inspection and increase the application of fines due to incorrect classification.

Eduardo Leite LLB, LLM

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Trade with Brazil: the use of ‘attributes’ in classification of goods
30-11-2022

Due to the need for more precise controls on foreign trade, the Brazilian government decided to adopt an additional methodology to performing the classification of goods in the HS/NCM, which is the use of 'attributes'. Each position in the HS/NCM can have several attributes, and the importer must indicate which one or which ones apply to the goods. This new import process aims to optimise customs inspection and increase the application of fines due to incorrect classification.

Eduardo Leite LLB, LLM

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Combined nomenclature 2023 – what is changing?
27-11-2022

The Combined Nomenclature (CN) is updated annually and businesses should check for changes relating to imported or exported goods. The version of the CN to be applied in 2023 has already been published. Let's take a look at the more important changes, which are, in fact, not many - 42 new CN codes were introduced, 23 CN codes were abolished.

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Combined nomenclature 2023 – what is changing?
27-11-2022

The Combined Nomenclature (CN) is updated annually and businesses should check for changes relating to imported or exported goods. The version of the CN to be applied in 2023 has already been published. Let's take a look at the more important changes, which are, in fact, not many - 42 new CN codes were introduced, 23 CN codes were abolished.

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After the publication of a certain communication in the EU Official Journal, Binding Tariff Information (BTI) decisions must be revoked if they no longer correspond to the interpretation of the customs nomenclature according to the specified international tariff measures. The latest communication was published at the end of October this year. Let's take a look at the current issues that are important for both business and customs. For example, how should household plastic clothes hangers be classified? Or what about digital smart pen classification?

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23-11-2022

After the publication of a certain communication in the EU Official Journal, Binding Tariff Information (BTI) decisions must be revoked if they no longer correspond to the interpretation of the customs nomenclature according to the specified international tariff measures. The latest communication was published at the end of October this year. Let's take a look at the current issues that are important for both business and customs. For example, how should household plastic clothes hangers be classified? Or what about digital smart pen classification?

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Classification of the smartwatches is not so smart
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Tariff classification is never simple. This is a complex process that has been always causing complications and misunderstandings. It may seem that persons over the years should have learned to avoid problems when classifying goods. However, in practice the further it goes, the more complicated it becomes. In this article, we offer to get acquainted with one such example that confirms this statement.

Taichi Kawazoe

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Classification of the smartwatches is not so smart
23-10-2022

Tariff classification is never simple. This is a complex process that has been always causing complications and misunderstandings. It may seem that persons over the years should have learned to avoid problems when classifying goods. However, in practice the further it goes, the more complicated it becomes. In this article, we offer to get acquainted with one such example that confirms this statement.

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