The HS 2022, which is the seventh edition of the
Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature used for the uniform classification of
goods traded internationally all over the world, has been accepted by the all
Contracting Parties to the Harmonized System Convention.
It shall come
into force on 1 January 2022.
HS the basis for Customs tariffs and for
the compilation of international trade statistics in 211 economies
The HS serves as the basis for Customs tariffs and for
the compilation of international trade statistics in 211 economies (of which
158 are Contracting Parties to the HS Convention). The new HS2022 edition makes
some major changes to the Harmonized System with a total of 351 sets of
amendments covering a wide range of goods moving across borders. Here are
some of the highlights:
Adaption to current trade through the recognition of
new product streams and addressing environmental and social issues of global
concern are the major features of the HS 2022 amendments.
HS 2022 includes specific provisions for e-waste
Visibility will be introduced to a number of high
profile product streams in the 2022 Edition to recognise the changing trade
patterns. Electrical and electronic waste, commonly referred to as
e-waste, is one example of a product class which presents significant policy
concerns as well as a high value of trade, hence HS 2022 includes specific
provisions for its classification to assist countries in their work under the
UABs, drones, gain provisions to simplify
the classification of these aircraft; smart phones too get provisions
New provisions for novel tobacco and nicotine based
products resulted from the difficulties of the classification of these
products, lack of visibility in trade statistics and the very high monetary
value of this trade. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred
to as drones, also gain their own specific provisions to simplify the
classification of these aircraft. Smartphones will gain their own subheading
and Note, which will also clarify and confirm the current heading
classification of these multifunctional devices.
Implementation; lot of work needs to be done at WCO
While January 2022 may seem far off, a lot of work
needs to be done at WCO, national and regional levels for the timely
implementation of the new HS edition. The WCO is currently working on the
development of requisite correlation tables between the current 2017 and the
new edition of the HS, and on updating the HS publications, such as the
Explanatory Notes, the Classification Opinions, the Alphabetical Index and the
HS online database.
Customs administrations and regional economic
communities have a huge task to ensure timely implementation of the 2022 HS
Edition, as required by the HS Convention.
They are therefore encouraged to begin the process of
preparing for the implementation of HS 2022 in their national Customs tariff or
statistical nomenclatures. The WCO will step up its capacity building efforts
to assist Members with their implementation.