A commodity code is a code that customs authorities use to classify goods that are traded internationally. The code consists of a range of digits, and is a key part of the documentation required to ship goods from one country to another.
In the UK, commodity codes are administered by His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The commodity code system is based on the Harmonized System (HS) of commodity classification, which is used by over 200 countries around the world.
The HS consists of 21 sections, 96 chapters, and 1,244 headings. Each commodity is assigned a 10-digit HS code, which is used to calculate import duties and taxes.
HS codes give an insight into the type of goods, materials used, and production method of the item in question.