Customs needs the commodity code for the import goods e.g. in order to calculate the correct amount of duty and taxes. Finding the correct commodity code is important also for you, so that you will pay the correct amount and type of duties, taxes and other payments for the goods. As importer, you are responsible for classifying the goods correctly.
You don’t need to find out the commodity code if it is on the list of popular commodity codes in the Import Declaration Service or if the goods are delivered from an area that is part of the customs territory of the EU, but not of its fiscal territory. Such areas are e.g. the Canary Islands.
- In the Import Declaration Service, there is a list of more than 200 popular products according to topic. If your product is on the list, you don’t need to start finding out the commodity code.
- When you are completing the declaration you simply select your product, the commodity code and the description will be filled in automatically.
Where can I find the commodity codes?
If you don’t find your product on the list in the Import Declaration Service, please contact the Customs Information Service for private persons or the support for web declarations in order to get the right code. You’ll find the contact information at the bottom of the page. Please note that you will probably be asked about the product and its materials or, in case of a device, its purpose of use in order to determine the commodity code.
- You can also search for commodity codes using the Commodity code service Fintaric.
Points to consider
All commodities have been given numerical codes, or commodity codes, that work as a kind of common language for almost all foreign trade. The use of these numerical codes is required by the customs administrations of almost all countries, and various other authorities.
Goods imported from outside the EU must be cleared through customs, at which point a commodity code must be declared for all the goods. Goods cannot be cleared without a commodity code. Finding the correct commodity code is important, so that the correct amount and type of duties, taxes and other payments are made, and the right regulations are applied. As importer, you are responsible for classifying the goods correctly.
You can ask the Customs Information Service for advice about commodity codes, collected taxes and duties and any restrictions. Be prepared to explain what kinds of goods you are thinking about importing. Determining the correct commodity code requires an accurate description of the goods with at least the following information:
- the material of the goods
- purpose of use
- in case of a device: what device, its basic functions (e.g. just ‘electronics’ is not sufficient)
- what the product contains (e.g. natural health products)
- country of origin (e.g. some of the clothes manufactured and produced in the USA have an additional duty of 15%).
The Taric database of the European Commission contains e.g. the following:
- valid commodity codes and code texts as well as their footnotes
- duties on imports from outside the EU
- tariff measures, such as anti-dumping duties, according to the EU legislation
- EU import and export restrictions and prohibitions
- agricultural components (EA), additional duties for sugar and flour (AD S/Z, AD F/M)
- some other measures applied to export or import.