The commodity code is a sequence of numbers that you need in the following declarations:
- Import declaration when goods are imported from outside the EU (10-digit commodity code)
- Export declaration when goods are exported outside the EU (8-digit commodity code)
- Statistical declaration, i.e. an Intrastat declaration for intra-EU trade (8-digit commodity code).
With the commodity code of the goods, you can find out in advance
- how much the import of a certain item will cost
- whether restrictions or prohibitions apply to the import or export of the item
- if it can receive preferential treatment, i.e. the customs duty is lower or not payable at all.
The commodity codes are based on nomenclatures (HS, CN and Taric). Read more on the uses of nomenclatures.
How can I find the right commodity code?
You can find the right commodity code in the search services:
- Commodity code service Fintaric. Read more about Fintaric here.
- European Commission’s TARIC database
You can also buy the commodity code details as a service from a forwarding company or ask for the code from Customs’ Information Service.
Find the features of the item in advance
You can find the right commodity code faster, when you find out information on the item in advance. Only after this, search for the commodity code of the item in the Fintaric service or the Taric database or phone Customs’ Information Service. Read what information you need on the goods.
You can apply for binding tariff information for an item (BTI)
You can apply for binding tariff information (BTI), i.e. binding commodity code information free of charge from Customs. Binding tariff information (BTI) is a written decision regarding which commodity code is applied for the item in the EU territory. The decision is valid for three years.