Harmonised System (HS) Classification of Goods

What is the Harmonised System (HS)?

The Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System, or simply the Harmonised System, is an international nomenclature (at 6-digit level) developed by the World Customs Organisation for the classification of goods.

What is the Harmonised System (HS) code?

The HS code is based on the Harmonised System. In Singapore, the HS code of goods is an 8-digit code. It is also known as the ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN) code and is harmonised at the 8-digit level across all ASEAN member countries.

HS codes are required in the permit declarations of goods. They are used to determine the tariffs, controls and rule of origin applicable to the goods. They are also used for the collection of trade statistics.

The HS codes can be found in the Singapore Trade Classification, Customs and Excise Duties (STCCED).

WCO has completed the review of the WCO amendments to the HS and published the accepted amendments for HS 2017. We are currently revamping our National Single Window (NSW) (TradeNet®) which will include the implementation of STCCED 2017. The revamp is expected to be completed in 2018. As such, we will be using the STCCED 2012 (based on HS 2012) till the revamp is completed.