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Amendments to the Harmonized System in 2022

What lies ahead for Customs administrations in January

Meerbusch, Germany – In January 2022, the World Customs Organization (WCO) will release the seventh edition of the Harmonized System Nomenclature. Customs administrations and regional economic communities will need to prepare to implement the changes, as the update to the 2017 version will include several important new features, particularly related to additional subheadings and new products. Users of the freight forwarding and Customs software Scope can already benefit from automated updates that eliminate the need for manual input.

Automatic tariff code updates in Scope

Customs administrations and regional economic communities have a huge task to ensure timely implementation of the 2022 update to the HS in their national Customs tariff or statistical nomenclatures. However, Scope customers shouldn’t worry about tariff code changes, since Scope is capable of updating all changes automatically. With regular free updates and direct connections to ATLAS, e-dec and AES, Scope enables freight forwarding companies all over the world to create declarations according to recent regulations. With an included quick text search, all goods can be found easily, even if they are moved across the nomenclature and provided with a new tariff code number by the WCO.

Recent changes to the Harmonized System nomenclature

The Harmonized System serves as a basis for Customs tariffs and for the compilation of international trade statistics. The 2022 version consists of 351 amendments sets covering a wide range of goods moved across borders. All articles listed within the nomenclature are categorized by certain characteristics and classified within different chapters, building the first six digits of a tariff number. The so-called Harmonized Code serves as a uniform classification of internationally traded goods.

The new edition includes some major changes to the Harmonized System with special recognition of new product streams. One area which is currently at focus is the classification of multipurpose intermediate assemblies. Health and safety features, such as diagnostic tools for infectious diseases, will also be addressed in the changes. The following product groups will be added to the Harmonized System nomenclature in 2022:

  • Electrical and electronic waste, commonly referred to as e-waste
  • novel tobacco and nicotine based products
  • unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones
  • smartphones will have their own subheading

About Riege Software

Riege Software is the creator of Scope, the leading cloud-based software for Air Freight, Ocean Freight and Customs. Designed to be the Digital Standard for digital logistics, Scope enables participants in the global supply chain to practice unrestricted collaboration with just one system.

Established in 1985 and ever since privately owned and managed, Riege has a continuous and sound understanding of the requirements of the logistics industry, serving more than 575 companies of any size in 46 countries. The future of logistics is digital. Scope is the future of digital logistics.


Anastasia Kazantzis
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