Food & drink change in commodity codes


A company has asked me whether there has been a change in commodity codes when exporting food and drink products to the US and Canada.

Can anyone shed any light on this?


The HMRC Tariff issues monthly updates and annual ones based on UK and / or EU decisions . Without reference to the specific commodity code it would be impossible to tell if that has changed. Please note there is frequently a ‘difference’ in the EU specified commodity code and that used by the US


for more specific definition of the commodity code



Mr Mercer

I would advise that you check the tariff on a regular basis to ascertain if there have been any changes in the commodity codes. You are now able to view the tariff on line using the following:

Further detailed information regarding exporting goods outside the EU can be found on our website by using the following link:

You may find the Export Best Practice Guide particularly helpful

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