HS code is the short form of Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System. Basically, it is a standardised format of classifying or describing type of shipments worldwide.
When goods are transported internationally, HS code is issued based on the classification of the shipment. This code is always required at the border-crossing by the customs authority for checks. And the code makes it easier for the authorities to verify shipments according to the description on the HS code.
The maintenance and development of HS code is managed by World Customs Organisation (WCO).
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