Posted on 11 April 2020 in HS Codes

HS Code

Harmonized System Product codes (HS Code)

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What is HS Code in import and export?

The HS code system is developed, maintained, and updated by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) as per the requirements. Nearly 200 countries follow these HS codes as it is recognized at the international level. And it makes it very easy to identify a product by its code rather than using its name. You can compare it with the PIN code that we use for our cities. Over 98% of the goods involved in international trade are classified in terms of the HS Code.

  • It is a six-digit identification code.
  • It has 5000 commodity groups.
  • Those groups have 99 chapters.
  • Those chapters have 21 sections.

What Is The Difference Between ITC-HS Code And HS Code?

ITC stands for Indian Trade Classification or Indian Tariff Code. ITC-HS CODE CAN BE CALLED AS INDIAN VERSION OF HS CODE. ITC HS Codes has the 8 digit nomenclature. The first 6 digits of the HS Code are the same for all the countries that follow WCO standards.

US (United States) HS code follows a 10 digit nomenclature system. Remember the first six digit is the same as WCO standard.

The main difference between ITC-HS Code and HSN Code is that ITC has added further 2 digits in the 6 digit HS structure to classify “Tariff Items”. This addition has been done by following the existing rules of WCO without any changes in the existing structure.

What is the difference between the HS Code and HSN code?

HS code is a six-digit nomenclature system, which is followed worldwide. But HSN code is an eight-digit nomenclature system generally called ITC HSN code (Indian Trade Classification or Indian Tariff Code Harmonized System of Nomenclature) especially followed in India.

Note: First six digit of both HS CODE and HSN CODE is same.

(Chapter 1 – 5 ) – Section I- Live Animals; Animal Products

Chapter 1: Live Animals
Chapter 2: Meat and Edible Meat Offal
Chapter 3: Fish and Crustaceans, Molluscs and other Aquatic Invertebrates
Chapter 4: Dairy produce; Birds Eggs; Natural Honey; Edible Products of Animal Origin, not elsewhere specified or included
Chapter 5: Products of Animal Origin, not elsewhere specified or included

(Chapter 6-14 ) – Section II-Vegetable Products

Chapter 6: Live trees and other Plants; Bulb, Roots and the like; Cut Flowers and Ornamental Foliage
Chapter 7: Edible Vegetables and Certain Roots and Tubers
Chapter 8: Edible Fruit and Nuts; Peel of Citrus Fruit or Melons
Chapter 9: Coffee, Tea, Mate, and Spices
Chapter 10: Cereals
Chapter 11: Products of the Milling Industry; Malt; Starches; Insulin; Wheat Gluten
Chapter 12: Oil Seeds and Oleaginous Fruits; Miscellaneous Grains, Seeds and Fruit; Industrial or Medicinal Plants; Straw and Fodder
Chapter 13: Lac; Gums, Resins and other Vegetable Saps and Extracts
Chapter 14: Vegetable Plaiting Materials; Vegetable Products not elsewhere specified or included

(Chapter 15 ) – Section III-Animal or Vegetable Fats and Oils and their cleavage Products; Prepared Edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes

Chapter 15: Animal or Vegetable Fats and Oils and their Cleavage Products; Prepared Edible Fats; Animal or Vegetable Waxes

(Chapter 16 -24 ) – Section IV-Prepared Foodstuffs; Beverages, Spirits, and Vinegar; Tobacco and Manufactured Tabacco substitutes

Chapter 16: Preparations of Meat, of Fish or of Crustaceans, Molluscs or Other Aquatic Invertebrates
Chapter 17: Sugars and Sugar Confectionery
Chapter 18: Cocoa and Cocoa Preparations
Chapter 19: Preparations of Cereals, Flour, Starch or Milk; Pastry Cooks, bakery Products
Chapter 20: Preparations of Vegetables, Fruit, Nuts or Other Parts of Plants
Chapter 21: Miscellaneous Edible Preparations
Chapter 22: Beverages, Spirits and Vinegar
Chapter 23: Residues and Waste from the Food Industries; Prepared Animal Feed
Chapter 24: Tobacco and Manufactured Tobacco Substitutes

(Chapter 25 -27 ) – Section V- Mineral Products HSN Code lists chapter

Chapter 25: Salt; Sulphur; Earths & Stone; Plastering Materials; Lime & Cement
Chapter 26: Ores, Slag and Ash
Chapter 27: Mineral Fuels, Mineral Oils and Products of their Distillation; Bituminous Substances; Mineral Waxes

(Chapter 28 -38 ) – Section VI-Products of the Chemicals or Allied Industries

Chapter 28: Inorganic Chemicals; Organic or Inorganic Compounds of Precious Metals, of Rare-Earth Metals, of Radioactive Elements or of Isotopes
Chapter 29: Organic Chemicals
Chapter 30: Pharmaceutical Products
Chapter 31: Fertilizers
Chapter 32: Tanning or Dyeing Extracts; Dyes, Pigments and Other Colouring Matter; Paints and Varnishes; Putty and other Mastics; Inks
Chapter 33: Essential Oils and Resinoids; Perfumery Cosmetics or Toilet Preparations
Chapter 34: Soap,Organic Surface-Active Agents,Washing Preparations,Lubricating Preparations, Artificial Waxes,Prepared Waxes Polishing or Scouring Preparations, Candles and similar Articles, modelling Pastes, “Dental Waxes” and Dental Preparations with Basis of Plaster
Chapter 35: Albuminoidal substances; Modified Starches; Glues; Enzymes
Chapter 36: Explosives; Pyrotechnic products; Matches; Pyrophoric Alloys; certain combustible preparations
Chapter 37: Photographic or Cinematographic Goods
Chapter 38: Miscellaneous Chemical Products

(Chapter 39 – 40 ) – Section VII-Plastics and Articles thereof Rubber and Articles Thereof

Chapter 39: Plastics and articles thereof
Chapter 40: Rubber and Articles thereof

(Chapter 41 – 43 ) – Section VIII-Raw Hides and Skins, Leather, Furskins and Articles thereof; saddlery and Harness; travel goods, Handbags and similar Containers; Articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm Gut)

Chapter 41: Raw Hides and Skins (other than fur skins) and leather
Chapter 42: Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
Chapter 43: Fur skins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof

(Chapter 44 -46 ) – Section IX-Wood and Articles of Wood; Wood Charcoal; cork and articles or cork; Manufactures of Straw, of Esparto or of other Plaiting Materials; Basket ware and Wickerwork

Chapter 44: Wood and Articles of Wood; Wood Charcoal
Chapter 45: Cork and Articles of Cork
Chapter 46: Manufactures of Straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basket ware and wickerwork

(Chapter 47 -49 ) – Section X-Pulp of wood or of other Fibrous Cellulosic Material; Recovered (Waste and Scrap) Paper or Paperboard; Paper and Paperboard and articles thereof

Chapter 47: Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; recovered (waste and scrap) of paper or paperboard
Chapter 48: Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
Chapter 49: Printed books, Newspapers, Pictures and other products of the printing industry; Manuscripts, Typescripts and Plans

(Chapter 50 -63 ) – Section XI-Textile and Textile Articles

Chapter 50: Silk HSN Code
Chapter 51: Wool, fine or coarse animal hair, horse-hair yarn, and woven fabric
Chapter 52: Cotton HSN Code
Chapter 53: Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabrics of paper yarn
Chapter 54: Man-made Filaments
Chapter 55: Man-made staple fibers
Chapter 56: Wadding, felt and non-wovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof
Chapter 57: Carpets and other textile floor coverings
Chapter 58: Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace; tapestries; trimmings; embroidery
Chapter 59: Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; Textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use
Chapter 60: Knitted or crocheted fabrics
Chapter 61: Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted
Chapter 62: Articles of apparel and clothing accessories not knitted or crocheted
Chapter 63: Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags

(Chapter 64 -67 ) – Section XII-Footwear, Headgear, Umbrellas, Sun Umbrellas, Walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, Riding-crops and Parts thereof; Prepared Feathers and articles Made therewith; artificial Flowers; Articles of Human Hair

Chapter 64: Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles
Chapter 65: Headgear and parts thereof
Chapter 66: Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops, and parts thereof
Chapter 67: Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair

(Chapter 68 -70 ) – Section XIII-Articles of Stone, Plaster, Cement, Asbestos, Mica or similar Materials; Ceramic Products; Glass and Glassware

Chapter 68: Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
Chapter 69: Ceramic Products
Chapter 70: Glass and Glassware

(Chapter 71 ) – Section XIV-Natural or Cultured Pearls, Precious or Semi-Precious Stones, Precious Metals, Metals clad with Precious Metal, and articles thereof; Imitation Jewelry; Coin

Chapter 71: Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal, and articles thereof; imitation jewellery ; coin

(Chapter 72 -83 ) – Section XV-Base Metals and Articles of Base Metal

Chapter 72: Iron and Steel
Chapter 73: Articles of Iron or Steel
Chapter 74: Copper and articles thereof
Chapter 75: Nickel and Articles thereof
Chapter 76: Aluminium and Articles thereof
Chapter 77: Reserved for Possible Future Use
Chapter 78: Lead and Articles thereof
Chapter 79: Zinc and Articles thereof
Chapter 80: Tin and Articles thereof
Chapter 81: Other Base metals; Cermets articles thereof
Chapter 82: Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
Chapter 83: Miscellaneous articles of base metal

(Chapter 84 – 85 ) – Section XVI-Machinery and Mechanical Appliances; Electrical Equipment; Parts thereof; sound Recorders and Reproducers, Television Image and Sound Recorders and reproducers, Television Image and sound Recorders and Reproducers, and Parts and Accessories of such article

Chapter 84: Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliance; parts thereof
Chapter 85: Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers and parts and accessories of such articles

(Chapter 86 – 89 ) – Section XVII-Vehicles, Aircraft, Vessels and Associated Transport Equipment

Chapter 86: Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signaling equipment of all kinds
Chapter 87: Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
Chapter 88: Aircraft, Spacecraft and parts thereof
Chapter 89: Ships, Boats and Floating Structures

(Chapter 90 – 92 ) – Section XVIII-Optical, Photographic, Cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments, and apparatus; clocks and watches; musical instruments; part and accessories thereof

Chapter 90: Optical, Photographic, Cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
Chapter 91: Clocks and watches and parts thereof
Chapter 92: Musical instruments; parts and accessories or such articles

(Chapter 93 ) – Section XIX-Arms and Ammunition; Parts and Accessories thereof

Chapter 93: Arms and Ammunition; Parts and Accessories thereof

(Chapter 94 – 96 ) – Section XX-Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles

Chapter 94: Furniture; Bedding, Mattresses, Mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; Lamps and Lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminate name-plates and the like; Prefabricated Building
Chapter 95: Toys, Games and Sports Requisites; Parts and Accessories thereof
Chapter 96: Miscellaneous manufactured articles

(Chapter 97 ) – Section XXI-Works of art, Collectors’ Pieces and Antiques

Chapter 97: Works of Art, Collectors” Pieces & Antiques

(Chapter 98-99 ) – Section XXII- Special Classification Provisions; Temporary Legislation; Temporary Modifications Proclaimed pursuant to Trade Agreements Legislation; Additional Import Restrictions Proclaimed Pursuant to Section 22 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act, As Amended

Chapter 98: Special classification provisions

Chapter 99: Temporary legislation; temporary modifications proclaimed pursuant to trade agreements legislation; additional import restrictions proclaimed pursuant to section 22 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act, as amended

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