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The World Customs Organisation shall ensure at regular intervals that the Harmonised System is revised. This will come into force on 01.01.2017 and will bring about some changes.

The Harmonized System is a classification of the United Nations.
The Harmonised System is the basis for the customs tariff of the European Union and thus also serves to levy customs duties

Changes in the Harmonised System

In Harmonized System 2017, only details are changed. In particular, the amendments concern Chapters 28, 29, 30, 39, 69, 84 and 85, with the main changes being made for agricultural and chemical products. Small changes can be found in the wood section and in the textile section, as well as in the base metals.

It is important for companies to delete items 2848, 6908 and 8469.

Correct customs number is decisive

The classification of goods in the correct customs tariff number is particularly important for companies. Indeed, tariff rates and trade policy measures, such as anti-dumping and countervailing duties, depend on the correct tariff number. In this respect, tariffing into the correct customs number can save a lot of money; incorrect classification can have considerable consequences, even up to criminal proceedings.

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