From the 1st of January 2022, the government are implementing the first stages for the updates to Import Controls. These updates will affect the processes/documentation required when importing goods. You can read more about this topic on our previous blogs, which give you more detailed information. With regards to this, from 01/01/22, Commodity Codes are also changing. Our customers need to be aware of these changes, to ensure all imports and exports are handled correctly.
What are Commodity Codes (Tariff Code, HS Code)?
For all UK Imports and Exports, Commodity Codes are clearance of goods for customs; enabling all parties to understand what duties/taxes/checks are applicable for each consignment.
These codes are set as 6 digits by World Customs Organisation and are reviewed every 5 years.
For UK Imports, a 10-digit code is required which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff
What is changing?
Following the government’s most recent review, the UK Codes will be changing on 01/01/22. In addition, there will be 8 new Tariff Headings introduced.
The full details on these changes are yet to be confirmed. The current details can be found on the Gov.uk website linked here:
What should our customers do?
We need our customers to be aware of these changes. Please remember – It is your responsibility to ensure that the code is correct and best fit for your product. We must be notified of any changes to the codes used for your products.
If you require assistance with Import Controls and Commodity Codes, please do not hesitate to contact us: