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Harmonised System 2012

Introduction

The New Zealand Harmonised System Classification 2012 (NZHSC) is based on the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), see HS Nomenclature 2012 edition.

The 2012 version of the NZHSC takes effect on 1 January 2012 and replaces the previous version, Harmonised System 2007.

The HS is used by New Zealand and more than 190 other countries as a basis for their customs tariffs and for the collection of international trade statistics. The WCO is responsible for the HS and revises the system at regular intervals to ensure that it reflects changes in technology and patterns of international trade. Attention is also given to social and environmental concerns.

The latest version of the HS is known as HS 2012. This is the fourth major revision of the HS since the system was adopted by the WCO Council in 1983 and implemented in 1988. Previous revisions were in 1996, 2002, and 2007.

An up-to-date trade commodity classification is essential for maintaining the relevance, accuracy, and international comparability of New Zealand trade statistics. HS 2012 and resulting changes to the NZHSC will make this possible.

Structure

The international HS follows a hierarchical structure, comprising 21 sections, 98 chapters (2 digit), 1231 headings (4 digit), and 5,212 sub-headings (6 digit). This structure is further broken down into approximately 14,500 statistical keys (10 digit) for New Zealand's purposes.

NZHSC 2012 manual

The following are downloadable PDF files:

NZHSC 2012 preface, general rules, section and chapter notes (PDF, 77 pages, 760kb)

New Zealand Harmonised System classification 2012 (PDF, 1192 pages, 2248kb)

New Zealand Harmonised System classification 2012 (Excel, 1 worksheet, 953kb)

NZHSC 2012 alphabetical index (PDF, 62 pages, 408kb)

You can also download classifications by chapter, see list below.

Section I – Live animals; animal products

01. Live animals (74 KB)
02. Meat and edible offal (98 KB)
03. Fish and crustaceans, molluscs, and other aquatic invertebrates (227 KB)
04. Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (96 KB)
05. Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (81 KB)

Section II – Vegetable products

06. Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots, and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (76 KB)
07. Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (109 KB)
08. Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (100 KB)
09. Coffee, tea, maté, and spices (74 KB)
10. Cereals (62 KB)
11. Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (75 KB)
12. Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds, and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (104 KB)
13. Lac; gums, resins, and other vegetable saps and extracts (64 KB)
14. Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included (63 KB)

Section III – Animal or vegetable fats or oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes

15. Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (103 KB)

Section IV – Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes

16. Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs, or other aquatic invertebrates (98KB)
17. Sugars and sugar confectionery (71 KB)
18. Cocoa and cocoa preparations (65 KB)
19. Preparations of cereals, flour, starch, or milk; pastrycooks' products (83 KB)
20. Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts, or other parts of plants (121 KB)
21. Miscellaneous edible preparations (78 KB)
22. Beverages, spirits, and vinegar (113KB)
23. Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder (80 KB)
24. Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (67 KB)

Section V – Mineral products

25. Salt; sulphur; earth and stone; plastering materials, lime, and cement (113 KB)
26. Ores, slag, and ash (80 KB)
27. Mineral fuels, mineral oils, and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (107 KB)

Section VI – Products of the chemical or allied industries

28. Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes (139 KB)
29. Organic chemicals (220 KB)
30. Pharmaceutical products (93 KB)
31. Fertilisers (67 KB)
32. Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments, and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks (107 KB)
33. Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic, or toilet preparations (88 KB)
34. Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modelling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster (92 KB)
35. Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (88 KB)
36. Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (70 KB)
37. Photographic or cinematographic goods (90 KB)
38. Miscellaneous chemical products (150 KB)

Section VII – Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

39. Plastics and articles thereof (147 KB)
40. Rubber and articles thereof (124 KB)

Section VIII – Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins, and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags, and similar containers; articles of animal gut (except silk-worm gut)

41. Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather (104 KB)
42. Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags, and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut) (82 KB)
43. Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof (73 KB)

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 wickerwork

44. Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (160 KB)
45. Cork and articles of cork (60 KB)
46. Manufactures of straw, of esparto, or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork (69 KB)

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

47. Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard (74 KB)
48. Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (182 KB)
49. Printed books, newspapers, pictures, and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (83 KB)

Section XI – Textiles and textile products

50. Silk (60 KB)
51. Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn, and woven fabric (90 KB)
52. Cotton (146 KB)
53. Other vegetable textile fibres; paper yarn, and woven fabrics of paper yarn (79 KB)
54. Man-made filaments; strip and the like of man-made textile materials (119 KB)
55. Man-made staple fibres (142 KB)
56. Wadding, felt, and nonwovens; special yarns; twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (86 KB)
57. Carpets and other textile floor coverings (87 KB)
58. Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace; tapestries; trimmings; embroidery (94 KB)
59. Impregnated, coated, covered, or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use (86 KB)
60. Knitted or crocheted fabrics (94 KB)
61. Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (133 KB)
62. Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (125 KB)
63. Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (98 KB)

Section XII – Footwear, headgear, umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof; prepared feathers and articles made thereof; article flowers; articles of human hair

64. Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (114 KB)
65. Headgear and parts thereof (67 KB)
66. Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops, and parts thereof (63 KB)
67. Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair (64 KB)

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

68. Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica, or similar materials (105 KB)
69. Ceramic products (92 KB)
70. Glass and glassware (118 KB)

Section XIV – Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi–precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin

71. Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin (103 KB)

Section XV – Base metals and articles of base metal

72. Iron and steel (218 KB)
73. Articles of iron or steel (162 KB)
74. Copper and articles thereof (88 KB)
75. Nickel and articles thereof (64 KB)
76. Aluminium and articles thereof (91 KB) 
77. Reserved for possible future use in the Harmonised System
78. Lead and articles thereof (59 KB)
79. Zinc and articles thereof (60 KB)
80. Tin and articles thereof (55KB)
81. Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (80 KB)
82. Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons, and forks of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (104 KB)
83. Miscellaneous articles of base metal (91 KB)

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

84. Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (393 KB)
85. Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles (194 KB)

Section XVII – Vehicles, aircraft, vessels, and associated transport equipment

86. Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds (82 KB)
87. Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof (159 KB)
88. Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (68 KB)
89. Ships, boats, and floating structures (81 KB)

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

90. Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (156 KB)
91. Clocks and watches and parts thereof (91 KB)
92. Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (722 KB)

Section XIX – Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

93. Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (73 KB)

Section XX – Miscellaneous manufactured articles

94. Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions, and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings (91 KB)
95. Toys, games, and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (91 KB)
96. Miscellaneous manufactured articles (101KB)

Section XXI – Works or art, collectors' pieces and antiques; miscellaneous New Zealand provisions; non-merchandise trade

97. Works of art, collectors' pieces, and antiques(66 KB) 
98. New Zealand miscellaneous provisions (68 KB)
99. Non-merchandise trade (45 KB)

Amendments

Amendment Effective Date
 Set 7  1 July 2016
Set 6 1 July 2015
Set 5 1 January 2015 
Set 4  1 September 2014

Set 3 

1 January 2014

Set 2

1 July 2013

Set 1

1 July 2012

Set 0

1 January 2012

Page updated 17 June 2016

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