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Glossary

Harmonized System of Codes (HS)

This is an international goods classification system for describing cargo in international trade under a single commodity coding scheme.

Developed under the auspices of the Customs Cooperations Council (CCC), an international Customs organisation in Brussels, this code is a hierarchically structured product nomenclature containing approximately 5,000 headings and subheadings. It is organised into 99 chapters and arranged into 22 sections.

Sections encompass an industry; chapters encompass the various materials and products of the industry.

The basic code contains 44 headings and 6 digit subheadings.

Many countries add digits for Customs tariff and statistical purposes.

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