Amended classification for import and export declarations to take effect from 2014

18 Nov 2013

The Customs and Excise Department today (November 18) reminded importers and exporters that import and export declarations for shipments on or after January 1, 2014 must be completed in accordance with the amended classifications made to the current edition of the Hong Kong Imports and Exports Classification List (Harmonized System).

The amendments, published in the Gazette on November 15, will take effect from January 1, 2014.

The amendments involve 44 commodity items, mainly including foodstuffs, chemical products, articles of stone, machinery and electrical equipment.

These amendments will bring the classifications more in line with current requirements through the introduction and adoption of more appropriate sub-classifications.

Importers and exporters can obtain the amended list free of charge in the following ways:

  1. by downloading the list from the website of the Census and Statistics Department at; or
  2. by calling the Import/Export Declaration and Cargo Manifest Enquiry Hotline of the Census and Statistics Department 2877 1818.

Enquiries can be made to the Trade Classification Section of the Census and Statistics Department through the Commodity Code Enquiry Hotline at 3178 8933; by fax to 2824 2782; or by email to

Ends/Monday, November 18 2013

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