Customs, customs agents and freight forwarders use HS codes (Harmonized System) codes, also called commodity codes to clear all goods crossing international borders. In the European Union, these codes are defined by the customs tariff, also known as the Combined Nomenclature.
Customs Tariff 2022: what’s new
Each year, the 8-digit combined nomenclature that defines customs tariffs within the European Union evolves to keep pace with the reality of international trade. The new edition, which went into effect on January 1st 2022, includes several changes, including the creation of many new classifications.
In particular, there are changes and innovations in the following chapters:
- Chapter 3: Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates.
- ★ Changes apply to scallops, including queen scallops, chlamys or placopecten, flours and meals of fish, fit for human consumption.
- Chapter 04: Milk and dairy produce, birds’ eggs, natural honey, edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included.
- ★ Changes apply to yoghurt.
- Chapter 07: Vegetables, plants, roots and tubers.
- ★ Changes apply mainly to the cabbage and mushroom families.
- Some changes apply to the chapter on oilseeds and oleaginous fruits (Chapter 12) as well as that of animal or vegetable fats and oils (Chapter 15).
- Chapter 38 and 40: Miscellaneous chemical products and rubber and artciles thereof.
- ★ The changes are for products intended for inhalation without combustion.
- Chapitre 44: Wood and articles of wood, wood charcoal.
- ★ The changes no longer concern many products: wood briquettes, fiberboard called “MDF”, laminated wood, veneer wood, cellular wood panels, carpentry works (doors, frames etc.).
- Chapter 30: Pharmaceutical products.
- ★ The focus here is on human and animal vaccines.
- And others.
How to secure your customs codes in 2022?
Check the changes in the Customs Tariff 2022
Easily identify what’s new in the Customs Tariff 2022:
Search (ctrl + f) for the signs ★ or ■ in the Customs Tariff 2022 in PDF :
★ Designates the new customs code numbers
■ Designates code numbers that were used in the previous year, but with different content.
You can also use the XLSX version and search for
As of January 1st 2022, the World Customs Organization is releasing its 7th edition of the 6-digit Customs Code (HS6). This new edition of HS 2022 includes significant changes with 351 sets of amendments.
Work out the customs code for your goods on the IATRS
The RITA (Integrated Automated Tariff Reference System) is the reference catalogue for the Community and national customs tariff. It brings together the regulations concerning the tariff classification of the goods, the applicable duties and taxes, the required accompanying documents and more. Updated automatically by French Customs, the RITA encyclopedia offers you a paperless version of the Customs Tariff, with a search ergonomics infinitely superior to that of the official text available on EUR-lex!
Use the TARIC correlation table
To help you check if the customs codes used by your company in 2020 and 2021 have changed in 2022, the European Commission provides a TARIC (European Union Integrated Tariff) correlation table.
Customs codes: what you need to know
What is the purpose of the Customs Tariff?
The Customs Tariff is one of the most important customs documents because it allows you to:
- Classify your products in the 8-digit (CN) 8-digit European Combined Nomenclature .
- Know the applicable customs duties for your goods imported into the European Union (EU) – excluding tariff preferences.
It is also very impressive in size and content, no less than 1048 pages, and more than 15,500 references.
Why it’s important to update your customs codes
Updating your customs nomenclatures is all the more important as it will allow you to:
- Maintain the reliability of your customs databases, intended for all company departments (sales, purchasing, logistics, customs, accounting, etc.).
- Avoid delays in customs clearance, when your customs representative comes back to you to tell you that your customs nomenclature no longer exists and that they need the new 2022 nomenclature.
- Avoid customs disputes and make sure you pay the right customs duties.
Taking things further: validate your customs classification with a BTI
Classifying your products alone, especially technical products, among the 15,500 references of the tariff classification of goods can quickly become a headache, and it’s not without risk.
A nomenclature error on the Single Administrative Document (SAD) used in customs at entry or exit of the Union Customs Territory can lead to a costly litigation case with the customs authorities.
The Binding Tariff Information (BTI) is not mandatory, but it guarantees the customs nomenclature and the customs duties applicable to your product within the European Union. Valid in all European Union for a duration of 3 years, allows you to benefit from the expertise of Customs for complex classifications, and can avoid costly adjustments.