5368.0 - International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, Oct 2016 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/12/2016   
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A review conducted by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) has resulted in changes at the six digit Harmonized Commodity level which will be implemented on 1 January 2017. These changes will lead to many export statistical codes closing on 31 December 2016 and new codes opening on 1 January 2017. A new version of Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) (cat. no. 1233.0) will be 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 will be implemented on 1 January 2017. These changes will be published on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website prior to 31 December 2016.

In addition, appendices 6.1 and 6.2 of the International Merchandise Trade, Australia: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2015 (cat. no. 5489.0) publication will be updated with the new export and import classification information on 20 December 2016. This will include free standing descriptors and concordances from old to new for the codes that are changing.