From 1 January 2022, the UK will introduce its 2022 UK Trade Tariff that incorporates the World Customs Organisation (WCO) changes to the Harmonised System.
What is the WCOs Harmonised System?
The "Harmonised System" or simply "HS" was developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and is the system used by more than 200 countries and economies as a basis for their Customs tariffs.
It is a multipurpose international product nomenclature* that comprises of more than 5,000 commodity groups; each identified by a six digit code, arranged in a legal and logical structure and is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification.
Every five years the WCO reviews and updates the system and the next review is 1 January 2022.
*What is a nomenclature?
The system or set of names used in a specific branch of activity or for the parts of a particular mechanism.
Visit the WCO website to find out more.
The Government will share the information you need for you to confirm the commodity codes of your goods as soon as it is available. In the meantime you can use the 2021 to 2022 UK correlation table to see the 8-digit changes.
As soon as the remaining 10-digit commodity codes are finalised GOV.UK will publish them by chapter on the UK Integrated Online Tariff page.
What does this mean to your business?
The first 6 digits of every UK Tariff code, also known as a Commodity Code, come from the WCO Harmonised System. So any changes made by the WCO may have an effect on some of the Commodity Codes your business uses for your goods and products.
You will need to review the changes and ensure the Commodity Codes you use in 2022 are correct.
Need help understanding the UK Trade Tariff?
Join us at our Trade Expert 'Tariff Classification' course and receive an in-depth knowledge into how to build the commodity code, the changes to the Harmonised System in 2022 and how they may impact you, and how getting the tariff classification wrong can have a big impact on your business.
We will cover what information is needed to be able to successfully tariff classify and help you understand how to classify goods which are incomplete or unfinished. We’ll also consider other country’s tariff systems and why you and your overseas supplier/customer may have a different commodity code.