What is an HS code?

What is an HS code?

HS code is short for Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. When it comes to shipping, you need to provide the HS code on documents like a commercial invoice and air waybill. This video will explain why they’re important and how you can get one.

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00:35 State the HS code on the commercial invoice
00:47 How to find an HS code

►What is an HS code?
An HS code consists of at least six digits and is used by customs to accurately calculate the taxes and duties and apply any necessary regulations.

►How to find an HS code?
On your country’s government website. You can also use the HS code search tools online – just type in a detailed description of the goods you’re shipping and you’ll get the code.

►Where do I include the HS code?
The HS code is included on most of the shipment documentation, but the most important place to include it is on the commercial invoice and airway bill.

Find out more about commercial invoices:
https://www.theshippingchannel.com/rules-and-regulations/customs/how-to-fill-in-a-commercial-invoice/

Find out more about airway bills:
https://www.theshippingchannel.com/rules-and-regulations/customs/how-to-fill-in-an-air-waybill/

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