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GENERAL DATA
Type of Agreement
Multilateral
Official Title
International Convention on the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System
Place of Signature
Brussels
Date of Signature
14/06/1983
Date of Entry Into Force
01/01/1988
Duration
Indefinite
Objective of Agreement
To facilitate international trade by establishing a uniform system for the collection, comparison and analysis of international trade statistics, and for the transmission of data and trade documentation, and through the establishment in the States party of tariff and statistical nomenclatures in conformity with an international harmonised system. The Nomenclature governed by the Convention on the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System, commonly known as "HS Nomenclature", is an international multipurpose nomenclature which was elaborated under the auspices of the World Customs Organisation (WCO). At present there are 116 contracting parties to this Convention, however, it is applied by more than 190 administrations worldwide, mostly to set up their national customs tariff and for the collection of economic statistical data. More than 98% of all goods traded in the world are classified according to the HS.
Remarks
The European Union and its Member States together represent a block of 26 contracting parties to the aforementioned Convention.

The Annex on the Harmonised System nomenclature is an integral part of the Convention. The HS Nomenclature comprises about 5,000 commodity groups which are identified by a 6-digit code and arranged according to a legal and logical structure based on fixed rules. The Combined Nomenclature of the European Community (EC) integrates the HS Nomenclature and comprises additional 8-digit subdivisions and legal notes specifically created to address the needs of the Community. The official interpretation of the HS which provides for its uniform interpretation worldwide is ensured by the HS Committee which comprises representatives from the contracting parties to the HS Convention. Other administrations, international organisations, international commerce and industry are represented as observers. Protocol of Amendment to the International Convention on the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System. Brussels, 24/06/1986. OJ L 198 of 20/07/1987, p.11-409.

Amendments to the Nomenclature. Brussels, 05/06/1989.
OJ Number
L198
OJ Date
20/07/1987
OJ Page
3
Parties to the Agreement
European Economic Community
Ethiopia
Egypt
Denmark
Netherlands
Poland
Yemen
Lebanon
Sudan
Zimbabwe
Central African Republic
France
Chile
Luxembourg
Norway
Libya
New Zealand
Switzerland
United Arab Emirates
Bangladesh
Malta
Uganda
Morocco
Togo
Vietnam
China
Sweden
Portugal
Iceland
Latvia
Turkey
Swaziland
Cameroon
Algeria
Russia
Madagascar
Slovakia
Mauritius
Australia
Argentina
Peru
Niger
Austria
Rwanda
Gabon
Kenya
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Malaysia
Malawi
Jordan
Kuwait
Kazakhstan
Lesotho
Nigeria
Slovenia
Romania
Haiti
Pakistan
Mongolia
Italy
Bulgaria
United States of America
Maldives
Greece
Brazil
United Kingdom
Philippines
Sri Lanka
Cyprus
India
Serbia and Montenegro
Hungary
Venezuela
Democratic Republic of Congo
Colombia
Eritrea
Senegal
Tunisia
Qatar
Estonia
Finland
Azerbaijan
Czech Republic
Cuba
Guinea
Lithuania
Ukraine
Croatia
Canada
Panama
Japan
Botswana
Namibia
Mexico
Bolivia
Ireland
Moldova
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Fiji
Belgium
Israel
Mali
Uzbekistan
Bahrain
Mauritania
Thailand
Côte d'Ivoire
Germany
Chad
Spain
Authentic Texts
English
French
Subject Matters
811.3489.5545-customs cooperation
2011.2519.1232-customs harmonisation
806.3467.3468-international convention
746-Customs
2011.4380.2069.5751-Combined Nomenclature
Management
Harmonized System Committee
Specific Links
http://www.wcoomd.org/ie/index.html