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Classification of Goods

Classification of Goods
Application for Customs Ruling on Classification of Goods
Application for Customs Ruling on Origin Determination of Imported Goods
Training and e-learning for HS Classification of Goods


Classification of Goods

Background of the Singapore Trade Classification, Customs and excise Duties (STCCED)

The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System or the Harmonized System (HS) is an international nomenclature (at 6 digit level) developed by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) for the classification of goods. It is subjected to amendments every 4-6 years.HS is a multipurpose product nomenclature with uses that range from tariff collection and trade statistics compilation to trade negotiations, determination of origin of goods and monitoring of controlled goods.

Countries adopting the HS may make provisions for further subdivisions beyond the 6-digit level. In 2003, the ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) was jointly developed by ASEAN member countries to facilitate trade within ASEAN. Since then, the HS codes in the AHTN are harmonised at 8-Digit level across all ASEAN member countries.The Singapore Trade Classification, Customs and Excise Duties (STCCED) is adopted from the AHTN.

Determination of HS codes for products

 

To determine the HS codes of products, please refer to the latest online version of the Singapore Trade Classification, Customs and Excise Duties (STCCED 2012).

 

You may also make use of the following tools and resources to help you in the classification of your products:

 

i)            Alphabetical Index to STCCED 2012 

The AI to the STCCED 2012 is a directory of HS codes with their relevant products listed in an alphabetical order. If the Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CAS) number of a chemical is known, the AI with the CAS RN can be used to search for the HS code of the chemical.

ii)             FAQ on Classification of Goods 

This section contains some frequently asked questions on the classification of goods.

 

iii)             HS/CA Product Code Search Engine  

A search can be conducted using the description of the product (field limited to one word at a time), HS code or CA product. If a product is controlled, the "Import", "Export" and "Transhipment" columns of the search results will indicate the Competent Agencies (CAs) controlling the product. Click on the CA's acronym e.g. "FCD" to access its contact information.However, the HS code cannot be used to determine if a product is a strategic good. Please click here for more information on determining whether a product is controlled as a strategic good. 

 

iv)             If you require further assistance, you may call the Customs Hotline at 6355 2000 or email us at customs_documentation@customs.gov.sg .
If you wish to obtain the full 8-digit code from Customs, you will need to apply for a customs ruling on the classification for each product. Please click here for more information




Application for Customs Ruling on Classification of Goods

For those who wish to obtain a customs ruling on the classification of their goods, they may submit the Application For Classification Of Goods Form (DOC) together with the following supporting documents, to the Classification Section via fax, email or post.

Supporting documents

Product catalogue/literature (e.g. product description, ingredients, chemical composition, material composition, manufacturing process, usage of the product, form (i.e. powder, liquid), product specification sheet, technical data sheet, etc.)


Singapore Customs will evaluate and determine the full 8-digit HS code of the product. A Classification Certificate will be issued, indicating the applicant's/company's name and address, description of the product and 8-digit HS code of the product. The classification process may take up to 30 days, depending on the complexity of the product and the completeness of the information furnished.

A fee of SGD 75.00 inclusive of GST will be charged for per good classification. Payment is to be made upon submission of application form and supporting documents. The payment mode is via Inter Bank Giro (IBG), cash, NETS or credit cards. For applicants who wish to pay by cash, NETS or credit cards, payment would have to be made in person at your nearest SingPost Branch or AXS stations or Customs’ Online Payment Service after receiving your customs bill.

Please note that classification rulings are only applicable for use within Singapore. If your goods are imported into another country, please seek the advice of the relevant authority in the importing country.





Application for Customs Ruling on Origin Determination of Imported Goods


For importers who wish to obtain a customs ruling on the origin determination of their goods, they may submit the Application For Customs Ruling on Origin Determination of Imported Goods Form (DOC) together with the following supporting documents, to the Classification Section via fax, email or post.

Supporting documents

Product catalogue/literature (e.g. product description, ingredients, chemical composition, material composition, manufacturing process, usage of the product, form (i.e. powder, liquid), product specification sheet, technical data sheet, etc.)
Certificates of origin, if available


Singapore Customs will evaluate and determine the origin of the product. A Customs Ruling Certificate will be issued, indicating the applicant's/company's name and address, description of the product, HS code, Country of Origin, Date of Issuance and whether the product is eligible for preferential tariff. The determination process may take up to 30 days, depending on the complexity of the product and the completeness of the information furnished.

A fee of SGD 75.00 inclusive of GST will be charged for per good determination. Payment is to be made upon submission of application form and supporting documents. The payment mode is via Inter Bank Giro (IBG), cash, NETS or credit cards. For applicants who wish to pay by cash, NETS or credit cards, payment would have to be made in person at your nearest SingPost Branch or AXS stations or Customs’ Online Payment Service after receiving your customs bill.




Training and E-Learning for HS Classification of Goods



For traders and freight forwarders who wish to pick up some basic skills on HS Classification of goods, you may register for our course here. You may also like to visit our e-learning site and click on "Module 4" for an online course on HS Classification.




Frequently Asked Questions
For FAQs on customs matters, click
here.

Customs Circulars
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E-Learning Courseware
For e-learning to the ‘Guide to Customs Procedures’, click here.


Last reviewed on 15 April 2014
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