HS Codes are commonly used when importing or exporting goods from country to country.
All products shipped around the world are classified under the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding system which is generally referred to as the “Harmonised System” (HS).
The Harmonised System comprises approximately 5,000 commodity groups, each identified by a six-digit code, arranged in a legal and logical structure. It is supported by well-defined rules in an attempt to achieve uniform classifications around the world. The system is used by more than 200 countries as a basis for their customs tariff and for the collection of international trade statistics and duty revenue.
Are HS Codes required for each of the items in my exports?
NO, they aren't a requirement, but they can help with faster processing of shipments, and more accurate calculation of taxes and duties payable in the destination country.
An Accurate "Goods Description" is required, as this helps with classification of items by carriers. See the images below on adding this information per SKU.
It can also be added at Carrier level, by editing the Carrier settings in Settings > Carriers.
Where do I add HS codes to my items and orders in ReadyToShip?
In each international order in ReadyToShip, you can modify the SKU options by clicking on the 'world' icon, and adding values. See the image below:
Once HS Code and Goods Description details for a SKU are entered, ReadyToShip caches the information so you don't have to re-enter it for that item next time it is imported in an order.
HS Codes for Export in Australia
Australia uses an eight-digit code to classify goods for export. The first six digits align with international classification, and the last two digits are specific to Australian exports. The classifications are subject to change so you need to keep up to date with changes.
The Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) is usually updated every January and July and classifications can be found at the ABS Website.
Warning: Failure to properly classify your product could lead to incorrect taxation on your exports and the potential loss of the product.
Customs and Border Protection provides a formal AHECC Advisory Service. This service has been developed specifically for clients who require assistance with the classification of goods for export. For more information, go to AHECC Classification.