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Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System

HS Code is the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. The system was developed in 1983 by the World Customs Organization and came into effect on 1 January 1988.

The International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System is servicing as the fundamental document of this system.

The system allows all countries to maintain a unified classification of the names of all goods sold in international markets according to international rules and interpretations. It is a universal basis for collection of international trade statistics and customs tariffs of all countries.

Customs authorities use the HS codes for collection of duties, taxes and application of regulations to goods related to international shipping.

Each commodity is assigned a 6- or 10-digit code, which is used for customs operations such as declarations or the collection of customs duties. The HS Code forms the basis for Customs tariffs, Customs statistics and non-tariff measures. It allows for the correct maintenance of foreign trade statistics and unambiguous determination of the rates of charged duties.

The CIS countries use the CN FEA code (Commodity Nomenclature of Foreign Economic Activity), which is almost identical to the HS Code.

Source: World Customs Organization

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SECTION I. Live animals; animal products


SECTION II. Vegetable products


SECTION III. Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes


SECTION IV. Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and tobacco substitutes


SECTION V. Mineral products


SECTION VI. Products of chemical and allied industries


SECTION VII. Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof


SECTION VIII. Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut)


SECTION IX. Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and other wickerwork


SECTION X. Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard; paper and paperboard and articles thereof


SECTION XI. Textiles and textile articles


SECTION XII. Footwear, headgear, umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof; prepared feathers and articles made therewith; artificial flowers; articles of human hair


SECTION XIII. Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products; glass and glassware


SECTION XIV. Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semiprecious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal, and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coins


SECTION XV. Base metals and articles of base metal


SECTION XVI. Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment; parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles


SECTION XVII. Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment


SECTION XVIII. Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; clocks and watches; musical instruments; parts and accessories thereof


SECTION XIX. Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof


SECTION XX. Miscellaneous manufactured articles


SECTION XXI. Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques
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