CN22s - Please could you provide an update...
Please could you give us a more accurate idea of when you expect to role out the update so that all fields in the CN22 will be populated. Many companies like ourselves have been urged for months by Royal Mail to spend the considerable time and money to ensure that our own sites and systems import all necessary information to populate the CN22 fields in readiness for the new electronic customs data requirements. We have done our bit, when will you be completing yours please?
has there been any further updates on how to do this?
Graham Wharton commented
The whole implementation of the HS code system on C&D is a farce.
The harmonised code is 6 digits long. These are global codes and are the same wherever you go in the world. If I export something with the code 123456 outgoing customs in this country can look that code up and the receiving country's customs can also look up that code and they get the same product category/classification.
The paper based CN22 forms ask is for 6 digit codes. All well and good.
Now the new system asks us for 8 digit codes. Well, the last two digits are specific to individual countries, so my product with 8 digit code 12345678, looked up on the UK tarrif website is valid, but in the receiving country, the code for that product may be 12345690 as they allocated the last two digits differently. They both have the same first 6 digits, i.e the harmonised bit.
I have asked royal mail for clarification as we are being asked to use 8 digit codes now as to whether we should be using the sending countries codes or the receiving countries codes.
If it is the receiving countries code, then storing the codes against products in the product database is useless as the code will be different for the same product depending on where it is going.
Shippers like UPS take care of this by storing Code->Country pairs for each product, and then choose the correct code based on which country the item is going to.