HS 2022: the seventh edition of the Harmonized System

Onward to 2022! The seventh edition of the Harmonized System (HS 2022) comes into effect on January 1, 2022 and brings many changes. Fortunately, Customs Bridge will be happy to guide you through the various changes to come.

Many changes


Indeed, about 350 amendments define new categories of goods and adapt the customs nomenclature to the current trade practices. Also, the Combined Nomenclature (CN8) 2022 establishes the common nomenclature for the whole of the EU for customs declarations, declarations of exchange of goods (DEB) and for compiling foreign trade statistics. Many products are now considered in the customs nomenclature: drones, edible insects, new tobacco products, smartphones, electronic waste, etc.

But why are these changes in the HS necessary? For the most part, these products are of great commercial value, while for others they raise political concerns. For example, HS 2022 includes specific provisions for e-waste to simplify its classification. These provisions are intended to help states meet their commitments under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.

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The tools that help


In order to see more clearly in this mishmash of new standards, there is a device to help the European Union to obtain the customs species of your goods. This is the Binding Tariff Information (BTI). This official classification will tell you the nomenclature code to declare for a particular type of goods. This application is free of charge and must be filed electronically with the National Refund and Binding Tariff Information Service (NBRIS). Once issued, the BTI validates the customs classification of your product in all European Union countries.


All BTI’s as well as all new applications, once validated, are available in our classification tool on Customs Bridge. The new codes will of course also be available in our classification tool which is updated very regularly to provide you with the latest regulations in force.