Rotterdam Convention •Chemicals
Harmonized System Codes
Harmonized System Codes and the World Customs Organization (WCO)
Article 13 of the Convention encouraged the World Customs Organisation (WCO) to assign specific Harmonized System Codes (HS Codes) to the individual chemicals or groups of chemicals listed in Annex III. Once assigned Parties are required to ensure that, when exported, the shipping document for that chemical bears the appropriate HS code.
Harmonized System Codes developed by the WCO provide an international standard for the identification of chemicals listed in Annex III. As many Parties to the Rotterdam Convention are also members of the World Customs Organization, most customs authorities are already familiar with the use of these codes. The assignment of specific HS Codes to the chemicals in Annex III should facilitate integration of work on the Rotterdam Convention with the current activities of customs authorities and contribute to the effective implementation of the PIC procedure.
Effective 1 January 2007, a first set of specific HS Codes for most of the chemicals in Annex III came into effect. A table containing all assigned HS codes is provided here .
The accuracy of this information has been verified by the World Customs Organization.