Uses of nomenclatures

There is a commodity code for all existing goods. There are three nomenclatures in use:

HS: the Harmonized System nomenclature

The nomenclature is the basis for the CN and TARIC nomenclatures.

HS is an international coding and goods description system published by The World Customs Organization (WHO). It includes, among other things:

  • general rules for the interpretation of the nomenclature
  • sections and chapters as well as notes to them
  • 4-digit headings and 6-digit subheadings.

CN: tariff and statistical nomenclature

The Combined Nomenclature (CN) is used in statistical declarations (Intrastat) for intra-EU trade as well as for exports.

The CN includes, among other things:

  • 8-digit subheadings
  • general rules and special provisions for the nomenclature
  • duty rates on imports from third countries (no preferential tariffs)
  • annexes.

TARIC: TARIC nomenclature

The TARIC nomenclature is used for imports to the EU.

The TARIC nomenclature is a part of the Commission’s database and includes, among other things

  • 10-digit subheadings
  • provisions and customs duties of the combined nomenclature
  • preferential tariffs
  • anti-dumping duties
  • EU restrictions, provisions and prohibitions relating to import and export
  • footnotes.

​Use of the systems



Commodity code

Number of
commodity codes



1234 56

approx. 5 200 Worldwide, not used in customs clearance

1234 56 78

approx. 9 700

EU Member States: export and statistics on intra-EU trade (Intrastat)

Taric 1234 56 78 90 approx. 18 000

EU Member States: import, basis for national customs tariffs



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