What are commodity code extensions?

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.

As a result, exports have an 8-digit commodity code and imports have a 10-digit commodity code.

In addition to the 10-digit commodity code for imports, some products may require a TARIC Additional Code. A TARIC Additional Code is an additional 4-digit code that will be declared on customs declarations. (If a TARIC Additional Code is not required, this field can be left blank.)

You can find out whether a TARIC Additional Code is required by searching for a commodity code in either the EU’s TARIC Database or the Northern Ireland Online Tariff.

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