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Feature Article - Classification, Harmonized System Review 2002

Classification, Harmonized System Review 2002


Outcomes

Implementation timetable

HS Review Team contact details

Imports new classification structure

Exports new classification structure


OUTCOMES

The 2002 revisions become operative on 1 January 2002 and affects 68 of the 98 chapters in the classification, either through note changes, classification changes or both. Extensive revisions have been made to Petroleum (chapter 27), Chemicals (chapter 29), Hides and skins (chapter 41), and Paper and paper products (chapter 48). In these chapters, the structure of the classification has been altered. In some instances, the WCO has kept the same codes even where there has been a change in the content of that category in the 2002 version. Users of the classification need to be aware of such instances.

In the hierarchy of the HS there were no changes made to either the description or the number of chapters. There has been an increase of 3 in the number of 4-digit HS headings and an increase of 111 in the number of 6-digit HS headings. As a signatory to the HS convention, it is mandatory for Australia to implement the revised international classification in its entirety on 1 January 2002.

Chapter 27, Petroleum, now separately identifies waste oils. In chapter 29, Chemicals, the basis of the classification has changed from a chemical composition description to a mixture of end-use and chemical composition descriptions. In both chapters there has been no reuse of classification codes where categories have changed content.

Chapter 41, Hides and skins, now incorporates the concept of reversible tanning. Reversible tanning means a hide or skin, which after being washed returns to an unprocessed state and without further tanning processes will begin deteriorating. In industry terms this means a hide or skin that has had no further processing past alum sulphating, leaving the reverse side of the hide or skin coloured white (or close to white). The statistical codes now distinguish between raw skins, not processed beyond drying or salting, and those skins which are partially processed, that is, not a raw skin.

In chapter 48, Paper and paper products, the WCO has placed emphasis on identifying types of paper and the level of processing the paper has undergone, for example bleaching, in the 6-digit structure. In chapters 41 and 48, several of the 1996 HS classification headings have been reused for the 2002 HS version, even though a change in scope of those classification headings has occurred.



IMPLEMENTATION TIMETABLE

Notification of new classification structure for 2002
Exports
28 December 2001
Imports
28 December 2001
Release of revised Customs Tariff
13 December 2001
Release of revised AHECC
13 December 2001
Release of revised AHECC on ABS web site
13 December 2001
Implementation date
1 January 2002




CONTACT DETAILS

HS2002 Review Team
International Trade Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10
BELCONNEN ACT 2616

ph: 02 6252 6379
fax: 02 6252 7438

email: hsreview@abs.gov.au



IMPORTS NEW CLASSIFICATION STRUCTURE

Proposed classification changes for imports were released in September 2001. Stakeholder consultation occurred during the month of September 2001 and the new import classification structure is now available for system updates.

The page set-up of the New Export Classification Structure files are:
  • on the left hand side of the page, the current classification structure is shown. The codes being changed are identified by being underlined;
  • on the right hand side of the page, the proposed classification structure is detailed, including the statkeys which become operative on 1 January 2002. The codes being changed are identified in bold;
  • the concordance has been included so that users are able to identify to which classification particular commodities will be concorded as of 1 January 2002; and,
  • in some cases there has been a classification description change and a concordance will not be shown.


Imports


SECTION NUMBER
SECTION DESCRIPTION
SECTION FILE

Section 1
Live animals; animal products
HTISC2002 S01_1.pdf

Section 2
Vegetable products
HTISC2002 S02_1.pdf

Section 3
Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
HTISC2002 S03_2.pdf

Section 4
Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar, tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
HTISC2002 S04_1.pdf

Section 5
Mineral products
HTISC2002 S05_1.pdf

Section 6
Products of the chemical or allied industries
HTISC2002 S06_2.pdf

Section 7
Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof
HTISC2002 S07_1.pdf

Section 8
Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travelgoods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
HTSIC2002 S 08_1.pdf

Section 9
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
HTISC2002 S09_1.pdf

Section 10
Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard; paper and paperboard and articles thereof
HTISC2002 S10_1.pdf

Section 11
Textiles and textile articles
HTISC2002 S11_1.pdf

Section 12
Footwear, headgear, umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding crops and parts thereof; prepared feathers and articles made therewith; artificial flowers; articles of human hair
HTISC2002 S12_1.pdf

Section 13
Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products; glass and glassware
HTISC2002 S13_2.pdf

Section 14
Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal, and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin
HTISC2002 S14_1.pdf

Section 15
Base metals and articles of base metal
HTISC2002 S15_1.pdf

Section 16
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
HTSIC2002 S 16_1.pdf

Section 17
Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment
HTISC2002 S17_1.pdf

Section 18
Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; clocks and watches; musical instruments; parts and accessories thereof
HTISC2002 S18_1.pdf

Section 19
Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
HTISC2002 S19_1.pdf

Section 20
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
HTISC2002 S20_2.pdf

Section 21
Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques
HTISC2002 S21_1.pdf




NEW EXPORT CLASSIFICATION STRUCTURE FOR 2002

Proposed classification changes for exports were released in March 2001. Stakeholder consultation occurred in March and April 2001 and the new export classification structure is now available for system updates. The ABS will be releasing a manuscript copy and a website version of the AHECC classification on 13 December 2001, containing the final version of the classification.

Since the original release on 3 September there have been small changes to the classification. They are:
  • 0403.90.00 Other has been renumbered to 0403.90.90 Other, as a statistical code was identified as having being incorrectly allocated;
  • an ABS heading in 2309.10 has been changed to canned, pressure or vacuum sealed;
  • chapter 24 has been updated to reflect changes in the Excise Act 1901, specifically to identify the number of cigarette sticks in sub-headings 2402.10 and 2402.20;
  • chapter 29 has been substantially reviewed;
  • chapter 48 concordance has been revised for new code 4801.00.02; and,
  • chapters 61 and 62 structure and concordances have been updated to reflect unit of quantity changes.

The page set-up of the New Export Classification Structure files are:
  • on the left hand side of the page, the current classification structure is shown. The codes being changed are identified by being underlined;
  • on the right hand side of the page, the proposed classification structure is detailed, including the statkeys which become operative on 1 January 2002. The codes being changed are identified in bold;
  • the concordance has been included so that users are able to identify to which classification particular commodities will be concorded as of 1 January 2002; and,
  • in some cases there has been a classification description change and a concordance will not be shown.

EXPORTS


SECTION NUMBER
SECTION DESCRIPTION
SECTION FILE

Section 1
Live animals; animal products
2002 AHECC Section 01_1.pdf

Section 2
Vegetable products
2002 AHECC Section 02.pdf

Section 3
Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
2002 AHECC Section 03.pdf

Section 4
Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar, tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
2002 AHECC Section 04_1.pdf

Section 5
Mineral products
2002 AHECC Section 05.pdf

Section 6
Products of the chemical or allied industries
2002 AHECC Section 06_1.pdf

Section 7
Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof
2002 AHECC Section 07.pdf

Section 8
Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travelgoods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
2002 AHECC Section 08.pdf

Section 9
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
2002 AHECC Section 09.pdf

Section 10
Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard; paper and paperboard and articles thereof
2002 AHECC Section 10_1.pdf

Section 11
Textiles and textile articles
2002 AHECC Section 11_1.pdf

Section 12
Footwear, headgear, umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding crops and parts thereof; prepared feathers and articles made therewith; artificial flowers; articles of human hair
2002 AHECC Section 12.pdf

Section 13
Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products; glass and glassware
2002 AHECC Section 13.pdf

Section 14
Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal, and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin
2002 AHECC Section 14.pdf

Section 15
Base metals and articles of base metal
2002 AHECC Section 15.pdf

Section 16
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
2002 AHECC Section 16.pdf

Section 17
Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment
2002 AHECC Section 17.pdf

Section 18
Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; clocks and watches; musical instruments; parts and accessories thereof
2002 AHECC Section 18.pdf

Section 19
Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
2002 AHECC Section 19.pdf

Section 20
Miscellaneous manufactured articles
2002 AHECC Section 20.pdf
Section 21
Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques
2002 AHECC Section 21.pdf



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