Give us guidance on HS codes
In your guide on the electronic pre-advice system that comes into force on the 1st January, you say to use 8 digit HS codes looked up on the gov.uk/trade-tariff website.
The export codes found on the gov.uk website seem valid for UK export documentation and Intrastat reporting, but they don't appear to be valid in many cases for customs import documents in non EU countries.
So please, tell me, when exporting to USA, for example, do I lookup the code on the UK tarrif website (not valid for imports into USA), or do I lookup the code on the USA HTSA lookup (valid for imports into USA).
Please update the documentation and guidance to show us how to lookup codes that are actually valid in the receiving countries.
Further information on how to apply correct customs information to your orders can be found on this guide:
Please note that customs (HS) codes are not controlled by or generated by Royal Mail. It is your responsibility as a seller to ensure you provide the correct codes.
Has this been solved yet? I sent some parcels today using the codes on the website as advised by RM on the above link. I am going to be super mad if these codes are wrong!!
Only a couple of days now before we go live for shipments to the USA requiring electronic customs information, and still the C&D system does not provide the functionality required to edit the customs information on an order to make it correct, nor does it provide the functionality to disable the submission of this legal declaration when the sender knows the information to be incorrect, and Royal Mail are still giving out the wrong advice to lookup 8 and 10 digit HS codes on the https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff website. On 6 digit codes should be looked up there. 8 and 10 digit codes should be looked up at the receiving country's customs websites.
Just a point of note, do not use https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff to obtain your 8 or 10 digit HS codes for third country import customs documentation, i.e CN22 forms. 8 and 10 digit codes obtained from https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff are only valid for imports into the EU, and for EU intrastat export reporting. If you want to use 8 or 10 digit codes for third country import CN22 forms, they should be obtained from the relevant customs authority for the third country in question. Truncating the codes obtained from https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff to 6 digits gives you the internationally recognised harmonised HS code, which can be used on any CN22 import document anywhere in the world.
sl - your original comment seemed to regard UK labels, I really wouldn't envisage any changes on what is currently required for a label import here.
The Country of Origin is per item, not package, see a CN23 for clarity. If you need to produce a customs note (i.e currently non-EU, but possibly everywhere overseas post BREXIT), then it's likely CoO will be just as advisable as will the HS code - I can't see them being mandatory fields in terms of the import specification, as the format has to cater for UK labels too. If you meant mandatory in terms of pre-advice data, then I'm guessing if you can meet the CN23 requirements per item, you'd hope it would be carried through if required - well we can hope anyway.
If country of origin is for the package, then no other extra fields then... however if country of origin is only *item* based, then by implication, some of the other fields for each item with become mandatory.
The only other field necessary to complete a custom form is the "Country of Origin" for each item. The C&D support desk has just confirmed:
"The ability to import a country of origin will be included as part of a system release around October/November time. Therefore this option will be available before the Harmonised System codes become mandatory."
I think the 6 digit code is clearly the way to go - let's hope this is sorted soon. I wouldn't expect any additional import fields to become mandatory as you won't need anything extra for UK labels.
The Royal Mail page covering this ( https://www.royalmail.com/business/services/sending/international-data ) states that the 6 digit HS code is required, not the 8 digit - CnD should be changed to allow 6 digit (especially as our suppliers cannot agree on the last 2 digits for the same item).
Also, it is unclear what extra CnD fields will become mandatory for CnD import from 1st Jan 2019 and whether they can be blank for domestic label imports.
I just received email confirmation from HMRC that for sending parcels to the USA for example, the 8 digit HS code that you need to specify on customs documents is the HS import code obtained from the USA Tax Office, and not the 8 digit export code obtained from the gov.uk tariff website. If we were sticking with 6 digit codes, then this would be the same code, however this is not so if we are using 8 digit codes. The use of the UK export code as the import code in the USA may lead to delays or refusal to clear the parcel at customs in the USA. It would appear that the advice currently given by Royal Mail is plain wrong.
Hay ho, well, Royal Mail still have 4 months to sort this out!