How goods are classified
Code and corresponding Note
71 - see note 1
16 - see note 2
20 - see note 3
19 - see note 4
Note 1. The first two digits of the commodity code identify the chapter the goods are classified in. Precious and semi-precious stones are found in chapter 71 of the tariff, so 71 is the first 2 digits of the 8 digit commodity code.
Note 2. The next two digits identify groupings within that chapter:
7102 would be incorrect as the heading informs us that this can only accept diamonds that are not mounted or set. Working through the headings, we come to 7116. This is correct as this heading takes 'articles of natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones.'
Note 3. The next two digits are even more specific:
711620 is for articles of precious or semi precious stone (as opposed to 711610 which is for pearls)
Note 4. The last 2 digits finally pinpoint the correct area. Our diamond ring would be classified to 71162019 (necklaces, bracelets and other articles of natural precious or semi-precious stone, other than being simply strung.)
The free on-line UK Trade Tariff
on the GOV.UK
website at www.gov.uk/trade-tariff
is available for your use to look up classification codes.This offers easy access to tariff information
by providing commodity code and duty rate listings together with a search
engine to facilitate enquiries and allow self-service to commodity code information.
Please ensure that one item only is detailed per
email and that the request includes the following type of information, so that
we can deal with your enquiry efficiently
- What it is made of. If made or more than one material
please explain the breakdown of the materials
- How the product works / functions
- How it is presented / packaged.
Additionally detailed below is some additional
information that is required on certain products.
- For footwear – please include the type (shoe, boot,
slipper etc.), upper material details, outer sole material details, the heel
height and the purpose for men or woman.
- For food – please include precise composition
details by percentage weight of all the ingredients to 100% and the method of
manufacture or process undergone e.g. fresh, frozen, dried, further prepared / preserved
- For chemicals – please include the CAS Number,
whether the product is a liquid / powder / solid and include the % ingredients
- For textiles – please include the material
composition, how it is constructed (knitted / woven) and the name of fabric
- For vehicles – please include the age, the engine
type (petrol or diesel), the engine size, whether the vehicle is new or used, whether
the vehicle is over 30 years old and whether it is in its original
condition. Is the vehicle going to be for
A classification officer will then email a response
back to you providing you with non-legally binding classification advice based
on the information you have supplied.
Further information on this service is detailed in
Customs Information Paper 27 (2015)
available on the GOV.UK website.