EU Product Codes

The EU bases its product’s classification system on the Harmonised System but it details it two levels more (8 -10 digits levels).

At 8-digit level is called Combined Nomenclature (CN). This comprises the HS code and add further EU subdivisions. It is used in export declarations and provides statistics for trade inside the EU and between the EU and the rest of the world. The CN is the common nomenclature of the EU. There are changes to the nomenclature every year.

At 10-digit level is called Integrated Tariff (TARIC). It comprises the 8-digit CN code plus 2 additional digits (10-digit level, Taric subheadings). It provides information on all trade regulations, customs tariffs and taxes applicable to specific goods in the EU. It includes information on: Export duties; Suspension of duties; Tariff Quotas; Tariff Preferences (such as EPA); or Anti-dumping Measures.

Example of HS and CN codes

Product Description 
HS 0901  Coffee, whether or not roasted or decaffeinated; coffee husks and skins; coffee substitutes containing coffee in any proportion 
HS 0901 11  Coffee, not roasted 
HS 0901 11  Not decaffeinated 
HS 0901 12  Decaffeinated 
HS 0901 21  Coffee, roasted 
HS 0901 21  Not decaffeinated 
HS 0901 22  Decaffeinated 
HS 0901 90  Other 
CN 0901 90 10 Coffee husks and skins 
CN 0901 90 90 Coffee substitutes containing coffee 

Find out your CN code here (click on the blue links for further details or search by keyword on the top-right of the page)


  • The first thing to do BEFORE exporting to the EU is to check the CN code your product is classified in the EU. This will allow you to identify the EU legal requirements, customs tariffs and taxes applying to our case.

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