The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System

The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System

Commonly known as Harmonized System. It is a classification system devised by the Customs Cooperation Council to provide uniformity in tariff classification, trade statistics, and transport documentation among cooperating countries.
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Other legislative initiatives will be debated, namely the Proposed Law that creates the Administrative Regions and regulates its edition mode, its attributions and organization; as well as the Proposed Law approving the amendment to the Customs Tariff resulting from the Sixth Amendment to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System in accordance with the Recommendation of 11 June 2015 of the Customs Cooperation Council of the World Customs Organization.
The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, also known as the Harmonized System, of tariff nomenclature is an internationally standardized system of names and numbers for classifying traded products which came into effect in 1988, developed and maintained by the World Customs Organization (WCO), an independent intergovernmental organization with over 170 member countries based in Brussels, Belgium.
The document notes that the World Customs Organization made changes and additions to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding Systems (HS), which came into force in 2017.