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Restructuring of the Harmonised System (HS) in 201207 Sep 2009

The World Customs Organisation have released details on proposed changes to the 6-digit Harmonised System (HS) to be implemented in 2012.

The HS forms the basis for the EU Combined Nomenclature (CN) that describes the 8-digit Commodity Codes to be used against all goods imported into and exported from EU Countries.

The level of change to Commodity Codes in 2012 is therefore likely to be notably more significant than in 'non-HS' change years (which usually take place in 5 yearly cycles).

For full WCO background on Recommended amendments to the Harmonized System Nomenclature to enter into force on 1 January 2012 - WCO Council Recommendation of 26 June 2009, click here.

For further background on the Harmonised System and Combined Nomenclature classification systems: HM Revenue & Customs uktradeinfo - International Trade - Goods Classfication System, click here.

Contact details can be found on the CN and HS documents pages provided on the latter site.