Classification for import and export declarations amended

11 Dec 2005

A spokesman for the Customs and Excise Department today (December 11) reminded importers and exporters that import and export declarations for shipments on or after January 1, 2006 must be completed in accordance with an amended classification made to the current edition of the Hong Kong Imports and Exports Classification List (Harmonized System).

These amendments, published in the Gazette on December 9,2005 will take effect on January 1, 2006.

They involve 137 commodity items, mainly including textiles and clothing, food and beverages, medical apparatus, articles of leather and furskins, machinery and electrical equipment, furniture as well as plastic and metal products.

The spokesman said that these amendments would bring the classification more in line with current requirements through the introduction and adoption of more appropriate sub-classifications and commodities descriptions in Chinese.

The amendment list is available free of charge through the following channels:

For enquiries, please contact the Trade Classification Section of the Census and Statistics Department (the Import/Export Declaration Enquiry Hotline: 2877 1818; Fax: 2824 2782; E-mail:

Ends/Sunday, December 11, 2005

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