Where can I find the correct commodity code?

Goods are assigned their correct commodity code, i.e. they are classified primarily according to commodity codes as well as the wordings of the notes to the sections and chapters of the customs tariff.

You can use the electronic customs tariff, combined nomenclature (CN) and the TARIC database for the classification. You can find the notes to the sections and chapters as well as the general rules for the interpretation of the nomenclature in the Combined Nomenclature.

Other tools for classification are the explanatory notes to the Harmonized System, the collection of classification decisions and the explanatory notes to the Combined Nomenclature, all of which are published as Customs manuals. The explanatory notes to the Harmonized System are also available in PDF format. More information: Customs manuals

Finnish Customs Tariff

The Finnish Customs Tariff, or Customs Handbook II, is based on the TARIC database and also includes national sections. The customs tariff is only published electronically and is revised in its entirety once a year; usually in January–March.

In the nomenclature of the customs tariff, the goods are classified primarily according to fields of production and generally so that the whole nomenclature as well as the chapter first mentions raw materials, then semi-finished products and finally finished products.

The customs tariff cannot be ordered in an electronic form yet, but some of the TARIC data in the tariff can be downloaded as excel sheets from the Commission’s website. You can also view the data in the TARIC database.

TARIC database

The TARIC database includes e.g. the following:

  • valid commodity codes and code texts as well as their footnotes
  • duties on imports to the EU
  • the tariff measures set in EU legislation, such as anti-dumping duties
  • EU import and export restrictions and prohibitions.

What are additional codes and when are they required?

Additional codes added to commodity codes are used to indicate special EU rules e.g. in the following measures:

  • Agricultural components (EA), additional duties for sugar and flour (AD S/Z, AD F/M), e.g. code 7011. You can look up the additional codes in the TARIC database.
  • Anti-dumping and countervailing duties regarding businesses, e.g. additional code A280
  • Duties applied to medicines, e.g. additional code 2500
  • Some other measures applied to export or import.

What is the significance of the footnotes?

The footnotes give additional information on the purposes of different regulations and clarify the conditions of import or release for free circulation. The footnotes marked in the customs tariff with codes (e.g. CD, CG, EU, NC, NM, NX, PB, PN, TM, TN and TR) are listed separately.

Necessary information can also be found in Customs manuals (TKK) III, IV and V.

Information about the changes in the Customs tariff is published on our website. The TARIC nomenclature changes all the time, so the customs tariff information should be checked in the Fintaric database.

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