HS code classification

The Harmonized System (HS) code is an international classification of product updated every five years.

What is HS code classification?

The Harmonized System (HS) code is an international classification of product. Among industry classification systems, HS Codes are commonly used throughout the export process for goods. The Harmonized System is a standardized numerical method of classifying traded products. It is used by customs authorities around the world to identify products when assessing duties and taxes and for gathering statistics.

The HS is administrated by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and is updated every five years. It serves as the foundation for the import and export classification systems used in the Philippines and by many trading partners.

The HS assigns specific six-digit codes for varying classifications and commodities. Countries are allowed to add longer codes to the first six digits for further classification.

Source: trade.gov

ASEAN Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN)

The AHTN is an eight-digit HS-based commodity nomenclature common among the 10 ASEAN Member States including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Where to find Philippine tariff rates?

The Philippine Tariff Commission has created a database where everyone can access the applicable tariff rate for the product.

Go to the Philippine tariff finder to access tariff rates (opens in new tab).

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