If you are looking for the HS Code for your product then it is important to understand what an HS Code actually is.
HS Code stands for Harmonised Systems Code and is a description and coding system developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO).
It covers over 5,000 commodity groups, each identified by a six-digit code. The system is used by more than 200 countries as a basis for their own customs tariffs and for international trade statistics.
You can find the HS Code for your product in the UK with the Tariff Classification tool from .GOV website.
The address for this website is – https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff
Once you are on this website you will need to find a description that is the closest to your product. Please note that sometimes you will not be able to find an exact description, so there are options for you to use the description “other” in these cases.
HS Codes and Import Duty
Once you have found the code then you can view what the import duty will be for your product, as this will be shown in the overview for your particular code.
What some countries do is add extra digits to cover specific descriptions applicable to how they want to classify products.
If you wanted to find the HS Code for a guitar then using the UK Tariff you would get the code 920290. This has the following descriptions in relation to the digits in the code.
92 – Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles
02 – Other string musical instruments (for example, guitars, violins, harps)
90 – Other
For some countries additional codes are used to add further descriptions, so it is wise to check if this applies to your product.
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Further reading: What you need to know about tariff codes and duty relief schemes