How many digits should a commodity code be?

The first six digits of the commodity code are part of a recognised system, meaning that the first six digits of the code are universally recognised and understood.

  • The first two digits designate a chapter.
  • The second two digits designate a heading.
  • The final two digits designate a sub-heading.

Once you know the required product information, you can begin to identify the correct commodity code relating to your product and understand how commodity codes are made up.

Many countries may choose to extend commodity codes from the 6-digits (up to a 14-digit level) to allow for more targeted tariff policies. This is why you may see commodity codes of different lengths.

  • The combined nomenclature (CN) used through the EU adds two extra digits to a commodity code to apply specific export measures.
  • Any extra digits after this are the Integrated Tariff of the European Communities (TARIC) which adds a further two extra digits to a commodity code to apply specific import measures.

Read our comprehensive guide to Commodity Codes article with lots more information, helpful videos and links to further support.