What is the Harmonized System?
The Harmonized System is a standardized numerical method of classifying traded products. It is used by customs authorities around the world to have a uniform way to identify / describe products that are traded (export and import) and for gathering statistics. The HS is also useful in determining the trade controls to be applied on particular commodities as well as the duties and taxes they are subjected to.
The Harmonised System (HS) thus serves as a multipurpose Nomenclature with a coherent set of headings and subheadings, which, together with the Interpretive Rules, Section, Chapter and Subheading Notes, provide for the systematic and uniform classification of goods on an international and national level and consistency in trade statistics.
The International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS Convention) entered into force on 1 January 1988 with three objectives:
What is HS 2022
Every five years the HS is reviewed by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) to keep up with changes in international trade patterns and advances in technology, or to clarify text to ensure uniform application of the HS Nomenclature.
The review of the HS could have an effect on the classification of imported or exported goods and the tariff subheading (commodity code) normally used on a declaration.
HS 2022 is the revision of the HS which shall come into effect on the 1st January 2022 to replace the current version that has been in use since the 1st January 2017.
Who uses the Harmonized System?
The HS is used as a basis for the collection of international trade statistics, trade negotiations and rules of origin, and the monitoring of controlled goods. Accordingly, it is used by:
When will the HS 2022 become effective?
HS 2022, which is the seventh edition of the Harmonized System Nomenclature, will enter into force on 1 January 2022.
Will my declaration be rejected for non- compliance to HS 2022?
All declarations submitted to ERS from 1 January 2022 must reflect the correct commodity code that is aligned to HS 2022 in order for the declaration processing system (ASYCUDA) to accept the declaration and enable declaration registration and subsequent processing.
What changes have been made in HS 2022?
The new HS 2022 edition introduces some major changes with a total of 351 sets of amendments covering a wide range of goods. HS 2022 recognises new product streams and addresses environmental and social issues of global concern. Here are some examples:
The new version of the Harmonized System Nomenclature is available on the ERS website http://www.sra.org.sz/portal/pageview.php?id=103&name=Customs%20Tariffs
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