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Industry Classifications, EU Combined Nomenclature

Industry classifications eu combined nomenclature  article image2clmn All goods imported into or exported from the EU must be classified for Customs purposes. Each separate product is assigned a particular classification code. The Combined Nomenclature (CN) sets out the general rules for the classification of goods to an eight-digit level and is updated on a yearly basis.

The CN is a method for designating goods and merchandise which was established to meet, at one and the same time, the requirements both of the Common Customs Tarif and of the external trade statistics of the EU Community. The CN is also used in intra-Community trade statistics.

The CN is comprised of the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature with further Community subdivisions. The Harmonized system is run by the World Customs Organisation (WCO). This systematic list of commodities forms the basis for international trade negotiations, and is applied by most trading nations. The CN also include preliminary provisions, additional section or chapter notes and footnotes relating to CN subdivisions. Each CN subdivisions has an eight digit code number, the CN code, followed by a description.

Combined Nomenclature CN Manual

The EU published Commission Regulation on the 31st of October, which contains the 2014 Combined Nomenclature (CN). View the CN 2014 code book here.