Amended imports and exports classification list to take effect in 2018

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Customs and Excise Department today (November 10) reminded importers and exporters that import and export declarations for shipments on or after January 1, 2018, must be completed in accordance with the amended classifications made to the current edition of the HongKong Imports and Exports Classification List (Harmonized System).

     The amendments, published in the Gazette today, will take effect on January 1, 2018.

     The amendments involve 37 commodity items including foodstuffs, chemical products, plastics, paper, machinery, electrical equipment, transport equipment and napkins.

     These amendments will bring the classifications more in line with current requirements through the introduction and adoption of more appropriate sub-classifications.

     Importers and exporters can obtain the amended list free of charge in the following ways:

     (a) by downloading the list from the website of the Census and Statistics Department at" target="_blank">; or 

     (b) by calling the Import/Export Declaration and Cargo Manifest Enquiry Hotline of the Census and Statistics Department at 2877 1818. 

     Enquiries can be made to the Trade Classification Section of the Census and Statistics Department through the Commodity Code Enquiry Hotline at 3178 8933, by fax to 2824 2782 or by email to

Published on: 2017-11-10

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