The turn of the year in foreign trade

What you need to know now

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. 

In addition to the new Harmonized System, there is also a new Combined Nomenclature (eight-digit), which has been published by the European Commission. This takes up the changes of the Harmonized System and transfers them to the respective eight-digit nomenclature.

The above-mentioned changes therefore have a direct effect on the goods tariff numbers to be used from 01.01.2022. Which changes are relevant here can be found in the SOVA guide file for the year 2022, which was recently published by the Federal Statistical Office.

What changes?

Due to the amendment of the Harmonized System and the new Combined Nomenclature, some of the goods tariff numbers relevant to you will change.

The changes here can have the most diverse characteristics:

Goods tariff numbers are deleted and lose their validity as of 01.01.2022


New goods tariff numbers are included


Goods tariff numbers remain, but change in content


A previously valid goods tariff number is replaced by a new one (conversion ratios: 1:1, m:1, 1:n, m:n)

Check already now to what extent your goods are affected by the changes and prepare them if necessary to ensure all relevant processes within the framework of foreign trade and export control.

Which processes are affected in the company?

Basically, it is necessary to check which materials are affected by the changes and to reclassify them correctly. In addition to the master data, however, the change 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. Here it has to be checked if a different origin rule has to be applied due to a possibly necessary new classification.

Furthermore, a new classification can have an impact on the goods catalog of your customs authorizations. If a product is newly classified and was not previously 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-step 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.

In addition, it must be checked whether all existing whitelist entries in M.SecureTrade Export Control are still valid due to new classifications and can be used in their existing form.

If you have any questions regarding the impact on M.SecureTrade Foreign Trade Solutions, please feel free to contact our consulting team ( at any time.

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