AUSTRALIAN HARMONIZED EXPORT COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION (AHECC)
A review conducted by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) has resulted in changes at the six digit Harmonized Commodity level which were implemented on 1 January 2017. These changes led to many export statistical codes closing on 31 December 2016 and new codes opening on 1 January 2017. A new edition of the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) (cat. no. 1233.0) was released on the ABS website on 13 December 2016.
The WCO review has also led to many changes to import statistical codes. These codes are used in the Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification (the Customs Tariff, or Working Tariff) which was implemented on 1 January 2017. These changes were published on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website in December 2016.
In addition, appendices 6.1 and 6.2 of International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2015 (cat. no. 5489.0) publication were updated with the new export and import classification information on 20 December 2016. The updated appendices include new codes and an update of closing codes, correspondences and free standing descriptors taking effect from 1 January 2017.