harmonized commodity description and coding system

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Six-digit coding for identification and classification of imported and exported goods, for the purpose of compiling trade statistics and determining customs tariff. Called harmonized system (HS) for short, it divides goods into about 5,000 groups and sub-groups and is in use in most countries since January 1, 1989. US tariff system is a modified form of HD that employs a ten-digit code.

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