CLASSIFICATIONS
Combined Nomenclature, 2015


General description
Full title: Combined Nomenclature, 2015
Abbreviation: CN 2015
Originating authority: Commission of the European Communities (Statistical Office/Eurostat)
Legal basis: Main legal basis:
Council of the European Communities, Regulation No 2658/87, of 23 July 1987, on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (Basic regulation) (Official Journal of the European Communities No L 256, 07.09.1987).

For annual revisions, see under "Remarks" below.

Please note that only legal acts published in the L-series of the Official Journal are legally binding. Most files to be found on this site have no legal value.
Implementation date: The Combined Nomenclature is an annually revised classification whose implementation date is always the first of January. As a consequence CN 2015 is operational from January 1st, 2015 until December 31st, 2015
Limit of operational life: The Combined Nomenclature is an annually revised classification whose implementation date is always the first of January. As a consequence CN 2015 is operational from January 1st, 2015 until December 31st, 2015
Amendment date(s): Revised annually
Predecessor classification(s): Revised annually
Structure: 14,550 headings (of which about 9,300 CN subheadings) organized in five hierarchical levels:

Level 1: sections coded by Roman numerals;
Level 2: chapters identified by two-digit numerical codes;
Level 3: headings identified by four-digit numerical codes;
Level 4: HS subheadings identified by six-digit numerical codes;
Level 5: CN subheadings identified by eight-digit numerical codes.
Succint description: The Combined Nomenclature is the goods classification used within the EU for the purposes of foreign trade statistics. It is also used by Directorate General "Taxation and Customs Union" of the European Commission for customs duty purposes. The classification is maintained by Eurostat for the statistical aspects and by Taxation and Customs Union DG for the tariff aspects.

The classification is based on the Harmonized System (HS) which it sub-divides where necessary for purposes of external trade, agricultural regulation and customs duties. The CN was introduced in 1988 together with the HS. Subheadings in the CN are identified by means of an eight-digit numerical code. The very considerable number of subdivisions within the CN were introduced with the EU's specific customs and foreign trade statistics requirements in mind. The CN is revised annually and, as a Council Regulation, is binding on the Member States. It appears in all EU official languages (except Irish).
Linked classification(s): 1) Harmonized System (HS): Full agreement at six-digit level;
2) Central Product Classification (CPC);
3) Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Community (CPA);
4) International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities, (ISIC);
5) Statistical Classification of Economic Activities in the European Community (NACE);
6) Standard International Trade Classification (SITC);
7) PRODCOM List.
Usage: Products
Main statistical applications: External trade statistics
Media through which available: Official Journal of the European Communities (for details, see under "Remarks" below);
Electronic copy: from the undermentioned responsible agency;
RAMON: Eurostat's metadata server.
Language(s): Bulgarian; Czech; Danish; Dutch; English; Estonian; Finnish; French; German; Hungarian; Greek; Italian; Latvian; Lithuanian; Maltese; Polish; Portuguese; Romanian; Slovak; Slovene; Spanish; Swedish.
Address of responsible agency: Statistical Office of the European Union
Email: ESTAT-G3-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu
Remark: Very detailed information about the content of the headings at six-digit level can be obtained through the explanatory notes to the Harmonized System (HS); Combined Nomenclature has also some explanatory notes of its own.

References to the EU Official Journal (OJ) for the annual updates not mentioned above under "Legal basis" are as follows:

CN 2015: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1101/2014 of 16 October 2014 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (OJ No L 312, 31.10.2014)
CN 2014: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1001/2013 (OJ No L 290, 31.10.2013)
Council Regulation (EU) No 1326/2013 of 9 December 2013 amending Annex I to Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (OJ No L 334, 13.12.2013)
CN 2013: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 927/2012 (OJ No L 304, 31.10.2012)
CN 2012: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1006/2011 (OJ No L 282, 28.10.2011)
Insertion of Chapter 99: Commission Regulation (EU) No 1228/2010 (OJ No L 336, 21.12.2010)
CN 2011: Commission Regulation (EU) No 861/2010 (OJ No L 284, 29.10.2010)
CN 2010: Commission regulation (EU) No 948/2009 (OJ No L 287, 31.10.2009)
CN 2009: Commission regulation (EU) No 1031/2008 (OJ No L 291, 31.10.2008)
CN 2008: Commission regulation (EU) No 1214/2007 (OJ No L 286, 31.10.2007)
CN 2007: Commission regulation (EC) No 1549/2006 (OJ No L 301, 31.10.2006)
CN 2006: Commission regulation (EC) No 1719/2005 (OJ No L 286, 28.10.2005);
CN 2005: Commission Regulation (EC) No 1810/2004 (OJ No L 327, 30.10.2004);
CN 2004: Commission Regulation (EC) No 1789/2003 (OJ No L 281, 30.10.2003);
CN 2003: Commission Regulation (EC) No 1832/2002 (OJ No L 290, 28.10.2002);
CN 2002: Commission Regulation (EC) No 2031/2001 (OJ No L 279, 23.10.2001);
CN 2001: Commission Regulation (EC) No 2263/2000 (OJ No L 264, 18.10.2000);
CN 2000: Commission Regulation (EC) No 2204/99 (OJ No L 278, 28.10.1999);
CN 1999: Commission Regulation (EC) No 2261/98 (OJ No L 292, 30.10.1998)
CN 1998: Commission Regulation (EC) No 2086/97 (OJ No L 312, 14.11.1997);
CN 1997: Commission Regulation (EEC) No 1734/96 (OJ No L 238, 19.9.1996);
CN 1996: Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2448/95 (OJ No L 259, 30.10.1995);
CN 1995: Commission Regulation (EEC) No 3115/94 (OJ No L 345, 31.12.1994);
CN 1994: Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2551/93 (OJ No L 241, 27.9.1993);
CN 1993: Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2505/92 (OJ No L 267, 14.9.1992);
CN 1992: Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2587/91 (OJ No L 259, 16.9.1991);
CN 1991: Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2472/90 (OJ No L 247, 10.9.1990);
CN 1990: Commission Regulation (EEC) No 2886/89 (OJ No L 282, 2.10.1989);
CN 1989: Commission Regulation (EEC) No 3174/88 (OJ No L 298, 31.10.1988).