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Official languages

English / French  (WCO)

Explanatory Notes : #5 of June 2014
Classification Opinions : #5 of June 2014


Non-Official Languages

Spanish  (COMALEP)

Explanatory Notes : #3 of June 2013
Classification Opinions : #3 of June 2013

Italian  (Italian Customs Agency)

Explanatory Notes : Edition 2012
Classification Opinions : -

Russe  (Russian Customs Administration)

Explanatory Notes : Edition 2012
Classification Opinions : Edition 2012


Alphabetical Index
(to the HS 2012)

Because the classification of an article depends on many legal and technological factors, the Alphabetical Index should not be regarded as a substitute for the basic texts, i.e., the Harmonized System and its Explanatory Notes.


HS Classification Handbook
(second edition)

This handbook provides a detailed description of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, precise arrangements for its maintenance and describes the complementary publications of the Harmonized System.
This document is available in English and French.


Classification Decisions

The Classification Decisions taken by the Harmonized System Committee summarizes all the decisions that have been taken during the 27th to 46th Sessions (2001-2010).
This document is available in English and French.

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The Harmonized System database contains the HS Nomenclature (2002, 2007 and 2012 versions), the HS Explanatory Notes (3rd edition - 2002, 4th edition - 2007 and 5th edition - 2012), the Classification Opinions, the Alphabetical Index, the Classification Decisions, the Amendments to the HS implemented as on 1st January 2012 and the correlation tables between the 2007 and 2012 HS versions.

You can do “multi-criteria” searches by keyword or HS codes, print your research, create personal notes and cross navigation between Explanatory Notes, Classification Opinions and Alphabetical Index.

The online database is updated twice a year following the Harmonized System Committee decisions.

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