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A Complete HSN Code List


When it comes to international trade and taxation, the Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) code plays a crucial role. HSN codes are a standardized system of names and numbers used to classify products for taxation and other purposes. In this blog, we will delve into the significance of HSN codes, their structure, and their importance in global trade.

What is an HSN Code?

The Harmonized System of Nomenclature (HSN) code is a multi-purpose international product nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO). It comprises a six-digit standard code for the classification of traded products. This system is used by over 200 countries and economies worldwide. HSN codes are essential for the proper identification and classification of goods for customs and taxation purposes.

Structure of HSN Code

The HSN code consists of six digits, which are further extended to eight or ten digits as per the country's requirement. The first two digits represent the chapter, the next two the heading, and the last two the sub-heading. This hierarchical structure allows for a detailed classification of products, making it easier to determine applicable taxes and duties.

Importance of HSN Code in Global Trade

HSN codes are indispensable for international trade. They facilitate smooth customs clearance, ensure accurate assessment of taxes and duties, and enable the compilation of trade statistics. Moreover, HSN codes help in the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India and are used for the calculation of taxes on products.

Benefits of Using HSN Codes

Using HSN codes offers several advantages. It simplifies the process of product identification and classification, reduces the risk of errors in tax calculation, and ensures uniformity in trade practices. Additionally, it facilitates international trade by providing a common language for product classification, which is essential for accurate documentation and compliance with regulations.

HSN Code and E-commerce

In the context of e-commerce, HSN codes are crucial for accurate invoicing and tax compliance. Online sellers need to correctly assign HSN codes to the products they sell, enabling the determination of applicable taxes and ensuring seamless cross-border trade. Understanding and correctly applying HSN codes is essential for e-commerce businesses to avoid potential penalties and compliance issues.

Here is the complete chapter wise list HSN codes

Chapter Commodities
Section I. Animals and Animal Products
Chapter 1 Animals
Chapter 2 Meat and edible offal
Chapter 3 Fish, molluscs, crustaceans, and other aquatic invertebrates
Chapter 4 Dairy produce, birds' eggs, honey and other edible products of animal origin that are not specified elsewhere
Chapter 5 Other products of animal origin that are not specified elsewhere
Section II. Vegetables and Vegetable Products
Chapter 6 Live trees and plants, bulbs, roots, etc., cut flowers and ornamental foliage
Chapter 7 Edible vegetables, certain roots and tubers
Chapter 8 Edible fruit and nuts, the peel of citrus fruits or melons
Chapter 9 Tea, coffee, mate and spices
Chapter 10 Cereals
Chapter 11 Milling products, malt, wheat gluten, starches, and inulin
Chapter 12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, grains, straw and fodder, seeds and fruit, and industrial or medicinal plants
Chapter 13 Lac, gum, resin, and other saps and extracts
Chapter 14 Vegetable plaiting materials, and vegetable products that are not specified elsewhere
Section III. Animal or Vegetable Oils, Their Cleavage Products, Waxes, and Prepared Edible Fats
Chapter 15 Animal or vegetable oils, their cleavage products, waxes, and prepared edible fats
Section IV. Prepared Food, Beverages, Spirits, Tobacco and Tobacco Substitutes
Chapter 16 Preparation of meat, fish or crustaceans, molluscs, or any other aquatic invertebrates
Chapter 17 Sugar and sugar confectionery
Chapter 18x Cocoa and cocoa preparations
Chapter 19 Preparations of cereals, starch, flour, milk, and pastry products
Chapter 20 Preparation of vegetables, fruits, nuts, or plant parts
Chapter 21 Miscellaneous edible preparations
Chapter 22 Beverages, vinegar, and spirits
Chapter 23 Residue and food waste, prepared animal fodder
Chapter 24 Tobacco and tobacco substitutes that are manufactured
Section V. Minerals
Chapter 25 Salt, earths and stones, sulphur, plastering material, lime, and cement
Chapter 26 Ores, slag, and ash
Chapter 27 Mineral fuel, mineral oils and products of their distillation, mineral waxes, and bituminous substances
Section VI. Chemical Products or of Allied Industries
Chapter 28 Inorganic chemicals, organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, rare-earth metals, radioactive elements, or isotopes
Chapter 29 Organic chemicals
Chapter 30 Pharmaceutical products
Chapter 31 Fertilisers
Chapter 32 Tanning or dyeing extracts, tannins and their derivatives, dyes, pigments, and other colouring matter, varnishes and paints, inks, putty and other mastics
Chapter 33 Essential oils and resinoids, cosmetic or toilet preparations, perfumery
Chapter 34 Soap, washing preparations, organic surface-active agents, lubricating preparations, prepared waxes, artificial waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar items, modelling pastes, dental preparations and dental waxes with a basis of plaster
Chapter 35 Albuminoidal substances, glues, enzymes, and modified starches
Chapter 36 Explosives, pyrotechnic products, pyrophoric alloys, certain combustible preparations, and matches
Chapter 37 Photographic or cinematographic goods
Chapter 38 Miscellaneous chemical products
Section VII. Plastics, Rubber, and Articles Thereof
Chapter 39 Plastics and plastic articles
Chapter 40 Rubber and rubber articles
Section VIII. Raw Hides and Skins, Furskins and Articles Thereof, Leather, and Related Goods
Chapter 41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather
Chapter 42 Articles made of leather, travel goods, handbags and similar containers, saddlery and harnesses, articles made of animal gut (other than silkworm gut)
Chapter 43 Furskins and artificial fur and articles thereof
Section IX. Wood and Wooden Articles, Wood Charcoal, Cork and Articles of Cork, Basket Ware and Wickerwork, Manufacturers of Straw, Esparto or Other Plaiting Material
Chapter 44 Wood and wooden articles, wood charcoal
Chapter 45 Cork and articles of cork
Chapter 46 Manufactures of straw, esparto or other plaiting materials, basket ware and wickerwork
Section X. Pulp of Wood or Other Fibrous Cellulosic Material, Recovered Paper or Paperboard (Waste and Scrap), Paper and Paperboard and Articles Thereof
Chapter 47 Pulp of wood or other fibrous cellulosic material, recovered paper or paperboard (waste and scrap)
Chapter 48 Paper and paperboard, articles made of paper pulp, or articles made of paper or paperboard.
Chapter 49 Printed books, pictures, newspapers, and other products of the printing industry, typescripts, manuscripts, and plans
Section XI. Textile and Textile Articles
Chapter 50 Silk
Chapter 51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair, horse hair yarn and other woven fabrics
Chapter 52 Cotton
Chapter 53 Other vegetable textile fibres, paper yarn and woven fabrics made of paper yarn
Chapter 54 Man-made filaments
Chapter 55 Man-made staple fibres
Chapter 56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens, twine, cordage, special yarns, ropes, and cables and articles thereof
Chapter 57 Carpets and textile floor coverings
Chapter 58 Special woven fabrics, lace tapestries, tufted textile fabrics, trimmings, and embroidery
Chapter 59 Impregnated, covered, coated, or laminated textile fabrics, textile articles made for industrial use.
Chapter 60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics
Chapter 61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories that are knitted or crocheted
Chapter 62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories that are not knitted or crocheted
Chapter 63 Other made up textile articles, sets, worn clothing and textile articles, and rags
Section XII. Footwear, Headgear, Umbrellas, Walking Sticks and Seat Sticks, Whips, Riding Crops and Parts Thereof, Artificial Flowers, Articles of Human Hair, Prepared Feathers and Articles Made Thereof
Chapter 64 Footwear, gaiters, etc., and the parts of such articles
Chapter 65 Headgear and parts thereof
Chapter 66 Umbrellas and sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seat sticks, riding crops and parts thereof, and whips
Chapter 67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made thereof, artificial flowers, and articles made of human hair
Section XIII. Articles Made of Stone, Plaster, Asbestos, Cement, Mica, or Other Similar Materials, Glass and Glassware, Ceramic Products
Chapter 68 Articles made of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials
Chapter 69 Ceramic products
Chapter 70 Glass and glassware
Section XIV. Natural or Cultured Pearls, Precious Metals Clad With Precious Metal and Articles Thereof, Precious or Semi-Precious Stones, Coins, Imitation Jewellery
Chapter 71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious metals, metals that are clad with precious metal and articles thereof, precious or semi-precious stones, imitation jewellery, coins
Section XV. Base Metal and Articles Made of Base Metal
Chapter 72 Iron and steel
Chapter 73 Articles made of iron or steel
Chapter 74 Copper and articles thereof
Chapter 75 Nickel and articles thereof
Chapter 76 Aluminium and articles thereof
Chapter 77 (Reserved for possible future use)
Chapter 78 Lead and articles thereof
Chapter 79 Zinc and articles thereof
Chapter 80 Tin and articles thereof
Chapter 81 Other base metals, cermets, and articles thereof
Chapter 82 Tools, implements, spoons and forks, cutlery, of base metal, and parts thereof
Chapter 83 Miscellaneous articles made of base metal
Section XVI. Machinery and Mechanical Appliances, Electrical Equipment and Parts Thereof, Sound Reproducers and Recorders, Television Image and Sound Reproducers and Recorders, and Parts and Accessories of Such Articles
Chapter 84 Nuclear reactors, machinery and mechanical appliances, boilers, and parts thereof
Chapter 85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof, sound reproducers and recorders, television image and sound reproducers and recorders, and parts and accessories of such articles
Section XVII. Vehicles, Aircraft, Vessels, and Associated Transport Equipment
Chapter 86 Tramway or railway locomotives, tramway or railway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof, rolling stock and parts thereof, mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds
Chapter 87 Vehicles other than tramway or railway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
Chapter 88 Aircraft, spacecrafts, and parts thereof
Chapter 89 Ships, boats and floating structures
Section XVIII. Optical, Photographic, Cinematographic, Checking, Measuring, Precision, Medical or Surgical Instruments and Apparatus, Musical Instruments, Clocks and Watches, Parts and Accessories Thereof
Chapter 90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, checking, measuring, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus, parts and accessories thereof
Chapter 91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof
Chapter 92 Musical instruments, and parts and accessories of such articles
Section XIX. Arms and Ammunition, Parts and Accessories Thereof
Chapter 93 Arms and ammunition, parts and accessories thereof
Section XX. Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles
Chapter 94 Furniture, mattresses, mattress supports, bedding, cushions and similar stuffed furnishing, lamps and lighting fittings, which are not elsewhere specified or included, illuminated signs and name-plates and the like, prefabricated buildings
Chapter 95 Toys, games and sports requisites, parts and accessories thereof
Chapter 96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles
Section XXI. Works of Art, Collectors’ Pieces and Antiques
Chapter 97 Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques
Chapter 98 Project imports, laboratory chemicals, personal imports by air or post, passenger's baggage, ship stores
Chapter 99 Services


In conclusion, the HSN code system is a vital component of international trade and taxation. Its standardized classification structure and widespread adoption make it an indispensable tool for businesses engaged in global commerce. Understanding HSN codes and their proper application is crucial for ensuring compliance with trade regulations and taxation requirements.

Whether you are an importer, exporter, or e-commerce seller, familiarizing yourself with HSN codes is essential for conducting smooth and compliant international trade operations.