Harmonized System for import/export gets five-year update

Statistics Canada announced today:

The 2017 edition of Canadian Export Classification is now available.

The Canadian Export Classification is a structured, hierarchical classification system based on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). The HS nomenclature is divided into 21 sections, which in general, group goods produced in the same sector of the economy.

Changes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System
Changes will be introduced to the HS starting with the January 2017 reference month.

The changes are due in part to World Customs Organization updates to the six-digit HS codes, which are applied every five years to reflect changing international standards and trade patterns.

Additional changes will be applied at the HS ten-digit (import) and HS eight-digit (export) levels in order to improve the coding system. The changes are intended to address data gaps, eliminate seldom-used categories and reduce response burden for importers and exporters.

Concordance table
A concordance between the 2012 and the 2017 six-digit HS classification codes is now available. This concordance table lists the terminated HS codes alongside with the new 2017 recoded HS codes at the six-digit level.

The full Canadian Export Classification (65-209-X) is available in HTML and PDF format.