A commodity code is allocated to goods to classify imports from outside the European Union. The code is a sequence of numbers made up of six, eight or ten digits.
The six-digit commodity codes are called the HS codes. These codes are used internationally for monitoring trade volumes and for applying international trade measures to goods.
The eight-digit commodity codes are used for export declarations and Intrastat commodity codes declaration. The intrastat declaration system is used for collecting statistics on the trade of goods between the EU member states.
The ten-digit commodity codes are used for the import of goods from outside the EU. Those are needed for TARIC import declaration.
The commodity code is used for determining the following:
- The customs authority duties or other charges that may be imposed on the goods
- The set of preferential treatments which may apply to imported goods
- The restrictions and prohibitions that may apply to the import, export or transit of goods
Please find here a list with all commodity codes.