Configuring Product Codes

Read about how to add product codes to requests.

The service uses the value that you specify in the product_cn_code field to generate the reduced tax rates. If you do not specify a value here, the standard tax rate is applied.

The codes are based on HS and CN codes. If you do not know these codes, you can use the Product Classification tool to do so. HS and CN codes are standard codes that are used to identify item classifications in the EU.

Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) codes are an international standard used by over 200 countries. HS codes use 6 digits to represent goods.

Combined Nomenclature (CN) codes are used by the European Union. CN codes use 8 digits. The first 6 are the same as the HS code and the final 2 are unique to the CN code.

You add these codes to your requests. Where the tax rate is reduced, for example for maps, the system uses this code to identify this and apply the correct reduced rate.

The product code can be up to 16 characters long. It must start and end with a digit. You can include spaces and periods between these digits. If the code specified does not match this format, it will be rejected.

If the product code is not supported, the default, standard tax rate is applied.

Here is an example of how to use the product_cn_code field in a request:

{
"transaction": {
    "currency_code": "EUR",
    "buyer_name": "Eric Papin",
    "ship_to_address": {
      "address_detail": "Chateuax 12",
      "building_number": "55",
      "street_name": "Rue du Saint-Germain",
      "city": "Paris",
      "postal_code": "75008 ",
      "country_code": "FR"
    },
    "transaction_lines": [
      {
        "product_class": "P",
        "quantity": 1,
        "description": "Smoked herrings",
        "amount": "49.95",
        "custom_id": "51315A00-DC44-408E-A575-8CE42A32AE1B",
        "import_address":{
            "country_code": "FR"
        },
        "ship_from_address": {
            "building_number": "12",
            "street_name": "Wessex End Street",
            "city": "London",
          "postal_code": "SW1A 2AA",
          "country_code": "GB"
        },
        "product_cn_code": "0305420000"
      }
    ]
  }
}

Generating Product Codes

If you do not know the product codes for your good, you can use an online tool or database to look one up.

The codes required for reduced rates are listed in the first table below.

If you are shipping to Germany, you may want to add the extra digit that is used by German customs authorities for data processing. These codes are listed in the second table.

For example, you can use the tool at the following link to generate codes for the UK: https://www.trade-tariff.service.gov.uk/find_commodity

Codes for UK

The following table lists the product codes that you can use to generate a reduced rate for goods sent from the UK:

Code

Description

1212210000

Seaweeds and Algae for human consumption.

4910000000

Printed calendars.

1806310000

Chocolate or cocoa in slabs.

2106909260

Prepared food stuffs containing no milkfats, sucrose, isoglucose, glucose or starch or containing, by weight, less than 1,5 % milkfat, 5 % sucrose or isoglucose, 5 % glucose or starch and are other.

3006500000

First Aid boxes and kits.

4901100000

Printed books in single sheets.

4901990000

Printed newspapers, journals , periodicals.

4902900000

Printed brochures and leaflets.

4903000000

Children's picture, drawing or colouring books.

4904000000

Music, printed or in manuscript, whether or not bound or illustrated.

4911990000

Other printed matter, including printed pictures and photographs, other, other.

9202908000

Other string musical instruments (for example, guitars, violins, harps) -> Other -> Other.

9701900000

Paintings.

4905200000

Maps in book form.

4905900090

Maps and hydrographic or similar charts of all kinds, including atlases, wall maps, topographical plans and globes, printed -> Other -> Other.

Codes for Germany

German authorities require an extra digit that is used for data classification. As a result, if you want to sell goods to customers in Germany, you need to add an extra digit. The following table lists the codes for Germany.

You can search for these codes here. This page is in German but you can translate using your web browser's translation service if available.

Code

Description

18063100000

Chocolate or cocoa in slabs.

21069092601

Prepared food stuffs containing no milkfats, sucrose, isoglucose, glucose or starch or containing, by weight, less than 1,5 % milkfat, 5 % sucrose or isoglucose, 5 % glucose or starch and are other.

21069092609

Food preparations.

49011000009

Printed books in single sheets.

49019900000

Printed books, newspapers, other.

49019900009

Printed books or brochures.

49029000009

Printed books, newspapers, other.

49030000009

Children's picture, drawing or colouring books.

49040000009

Music, printed or in manuscript, whether or not bound or illustrated.

97019000000

Paintings.

49059000900

Maps and hydrographic or similar charts of all kinds, including atlases, wall maps, topographical plans and globes, printed -> Other -> Other.

49052000000

Maps in book form.


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