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Customs code: find it in the Customs Tariff 2020

Changes to customs codes in the European Customs Tariff 2021

Customs Tariff 2021 came into force on January 1, 2021. Check the impacts on your nomenclatures and customs rates, and easily update the customs codes of your goods.

Also check for changes in the Customs Tariff 2022.

Customs Tariff 2021: what has changed

As every year, the 8-digit Combined Nomenclature which defines customs tariffs within the European Union evolves to follow the reality of international trade. The new edition, which will come into force on 1 January 2021, shows that Covid-19 has gone through: many nomenclature changes concern sanitary equipment (Personal protective equipment or medical devices) but also vaccines.

In particular, there are changes and innovations in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 5: Other products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included.
    Changes are for red railroads.
  • Chapter 28: Inorganic Chemicals; Inorganic or organic compounds of precious metals, of radioactive elements, of rare earth metals or of isotopes
    Changes concern phosphores.
  • Chapter 30: Pharmaceuticals
    Changes concernvaccines.
  • Chapter 39: Plastics and articles thereof, rubber and articles thereof.
    Face shields and protective visors are concerned
  • Chapter 44: Wood, Wood Charcoal and Articles of Wood.
    Changes concern eucalyptus wood and others.
  • Chapter 63: Other made-up textile articles, sets, worn clothing and rags.
    This is for protective masks FFP and others.
  • 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.
    changes concern laminated sheets and cores, and others.
  • Chapter 90: Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical and surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof.
    Changes are specifically related to ventilation equipment, gas masks and breathing apparatus..

How to secure your customs codes in 2021?

Here are 3 methods to determine the customs code of your goods, or check the validity of a code in the new Customs Tariff 2021:
  1. Check for changes in the   Customs Tariff 2021

    Easily identify what’s new in Customs Tariff 2021 :
    Search (ctrl + f) for the signs ★ or ■ in the Customs tariff 2021 in PDF :

    ★ designates the new customs code numbers
    ■ designates code numbers that were used in the previous year, but with a different content.

    The XLSX version is at your disposal to help you, by searching:
    (1) the creations
    (2) the modifications.

  2. Determine the customs code of your goods on the IATRS

    For more information on the RITA (Automated Tariff Integrated Repository), see our article on the 2022 customs tariffs.
    > Use RITA to determine your customs codes by going to customs.gouv.fr, RITA Encyclopedia.

  3. Use the TARIC correlation table

    To help you check whether the customs codes used by your company in 2019 or 2020 have changed in 2021, the European Commission provides the TARIC (European Union Integrated Tariff) correlation table.
    > Download the TARIC correlation table 2021  (in excel format) . See also the TARIC 2020
    > See  TARIC europa online database, updated daily (on the EC Europa website).

Also check for changes in the Tariff 2020.

Hélène Plaquet

To know everything about customs nomenclatures, we recommend MATHEZ FORMATION’s customs training courses, in particular the Customs Trio. And to obtain a BTI or to secure your customs operations: contact us!

Hélène Plaquet, MATHEZ FREIGHT
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