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Amended imports and exports classification list to take effect in 2023

11 November 2022

The Customs and Excise Department today (November 11) reminded importers and exporters that import or export declarations for shipments on or after January 1, 2023, 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 today, will take effect from January 1, 2023.

The amendments involve 12 commodity items, including chemical products, headgear, mineral substances, machinery and electrical equipment, and transport equipment.

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

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

(1) by downloading the list from the website of the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) at; or

(2) by calling the Import/Export Declaration and Cargo Manifest Enquiry Hotline of the C&SD at 2877 1818.

For enquiries about trade classifications, please contact the Trade Classification Section of the C&SD through the Commodity Code Enquiry Hotline at 3178 8933, by fax to 2824 2782 or by email to


Ends/Friday, November 11, 2022

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