The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has published a number of amendments to the Harmonised System (HS) Nomenclature which have been accepted by all 158 Contracting Parties to the HS Convention.

This follows more than four years of work within the Harmonised System Committee (HSC), the Harmonised System Review Sub-Committee (RSC) and the Scientific Sub-Committee (SSC) to produce the 351 sets of amendments.

These are divided as follows: the agricultural, food and tobacco sectors — 77; the chemical sector, 58; the wood sector, 31; the textile sector, 21; the base metal sector, 27; the machinery and electrical and electronic goods sector, 63; the transport sector, 22; and 52 in other sectors.

The WCO’s Secretary General notified Contracting Parties of the amendments adopted by the Council.

Since there no objection from any Contracting Party to the recommended amendments was outstanding after the period of six months allowed for such objections under the Convention, the recommended amendments are deemed to be accepted.

“The Preamble of the HS Convention emphasises the importance of ensuring that the HS is kept up to date in light of changes in technology and patterns of international trade,” the WCO said.

Adaptation to current trade through the recognition of new product streams and addressing environmental and social issues of global concern are the major features of the HS 2022 amendments, it explained.

The amendments will enter into force for all Contracting Parties on 1 January 2022. See www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2020/january/the-new-2022-edition-of-the-harmonized-system-has-been-accepted.aspx for more details.

As we reported recently (see Time to check CN numbers), the European Union’s Combined Nomenclature (CN), which is used in determining which rate of customs duty applies to trade in goods, is partly-based on the HS Nomenclature.

Last reviewed 12 February 2020