New HS codes effective from 1st january 2022

The Harmonised System is regularly updated to adapt to changes in product design, global trade practices, traders demands.

HS 2022, is the seventh edition of the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature and shall enter into force on 1 January 2022.

The new HS2022 edition makes some major changes to the Harmonized System with a total of 351 sets of amendments.

Overview of some changes

  • Electrical and electronic waste (e-waste): Specific provisions for its classification to assist countries in their work under the Basel Convention.
  • Tobacco and nicotine based products: New provisions 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.
  • Heading 70.19 for glass fibres and articles thereof has major reconfigurations
  • Heading 84.62 for metal forming machinery has also been configures.
  • Flat panel display modules are classified as a product in their own right which will simplify classification of these modules by removing the need to identify final use.
  • Placebos and clinical trial kits for medical research have now provisions to enable classification without information on the ingredients in a placebos to assist in facilitating cross-border medical research.
  • Cell cultures and cell therapy are among the product classes that have gained new and specific provisions.
  • Dual use items from toxins to laboratory equipment have new provisions. New subheadings have been created for dual use goods that could be diverted for unauthorized use, such as radioactive materials and biological safety cabinets, as well as for items required for the construction of improvised explosive devices, such as detonators.
  • HS 2022 Edition introduces new subheadings for:
    • Specific chemicals controlled under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC);
    • Certain hazardous chemicals controlled under the Rotterdam Convention;
    • Certain persistent organic pollutants (POPs) controlled under the Stockholm Convention.
    • Fentanyls and their derivatives as well as two fentanyl precursors.
    • New heading Note 4 to Section VI
    • New heading 38.27, have been introduced for gases controlled under the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol.

Business impact

As every year, going through the changes in duty rates is a necessary exercise to prepare for the new year. This year, it is also necessary to check your commodity codes are still valid.

Throughout November, we’ll post the changes daily on our social networks, simply follow us on your preferred network to be kept updated.


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