Harmonized System 2022

It's that time again: Harmonized System 2022

What you need to know now to be ready for 2022

The new Harmonized System (HS) 2022 will come into force on 01.01.2022. The Harmonized System maps the first six digits of the goods tariff number and forms the basis of international trade in goods. It is currently used in 211 countries. An amendment takes place here every five years, so that the HS 2022 replaces the previous HS 2017 at the turn of the year. In the new version, technical developments and environmental aspects in particular will be better reflected.

What changes?

The new HS 2022 will result in far-reaching and extensive changes. In total, there will be 351 of them, which means that companies will have to incur considerable additional expense. It is important to check in good time to what extent your product groups are affected, as the number of changes will be significantly greater than in the case of a change of year without a new HS. The changes mentioned are distributed among the following areas:

Chemistry: 77 Changes in Section VI


Wood: 58 Changes in Section IX


Textile and apparel: 21 changes in section XI


Metals: 27 changes in section XV


Machines: 63 Changes in section XVI

Means of transport: 22 Changes in section XVII

Which processes are affected in the company?

Basically, it is necessary to check which materials are affected by the new HS 2022 and to reclassify them correctly. In addition to the master data, the changeover also affects other processes. Some of these are listed below as examples.

If a material is reclassified, it is mandatory to check whether this has an impact on M.SecureTrade preference calculation. It has to be checked if a different origin rule has to be applied due to a possibly necessary new classification.

Furthermore, the new HS 2022 may have an impact on the product catalog of your customs authorizations. If a product is newly classified and was previously not part of your authorization, this may, for example, mean that it can no longer be exported under your Authorized Exporter (AE) authorization in the two-stage simplified procedure (without presentation outside the official place of business) with M.SecureTrade ATLAS. In this context, it is also necessary to check whether existing binding tariff information (BTI) is affected.

Furthermore, it has to be checked whether all existing whitelist entries in M.SecureTrade Export Control are still valid and can be used in their existing form.

If you have any questions regarding the effects on M.SecureTrade Foreign Trade Solutions, please do not hesitate to contact our consulting team (produktsupport@mercoline.de).

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