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In case you’re looking for the HSN Code of a particular product, then you can visit Vakilsearch’s HSN Code list and type the name of the product you’re looking for. Hit search results and you will get the corresponding HSN Code

You can find the HSN Code using Vakilsearch’s HSN finder in the following ways:

Search by product name: Enter the name of the product e.g. medicines and drugs and you will get the recommendations of the most relevant four-digit HSN Code. In case the recommendations do not contain the right code, then search for all results. In case it does show the right code, then click on the four-digit code, to get the six- or eight-digit HSN Code details, as well as the GST rate. 

Search using HSN Code: In case you know the HSN Code, type the first two- or four-digits of the code and click on the desired result to get more information about the HSN Code.

In case you’re searching for your product using categories, then write the name of the product and you will be shown the two-digit, four-digit, six-digit, and eight-digit HSN Code. You can check it out on the official Central Government website here. 

HSN Codes are the abbreviation for Harmonised System of Nomenclature that was introduced by the World Customs Organisation in the 1980s. The sole aim of HSN Codes was to categorize goods and services in a proper streamlined systematic manner. While the HSN Code is usually a six-digit code, it is an eight-digit code in India that classifies over 5,000 products that are imported and exported.

HSN Codes have become an important factor while filing GST. Individuals or companies filing GST returns have to submit a two-digit, four-digit or eight-digit HSN Code based on the following:

  • If your annual income is less than Rs 1.5 crore, then you need not submit an HSN Code while filing GST returns

  • If your annual income is between Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 5 crore, then you are required to file a two-digit HSN Code while filing GST returns

  • If your annual income is over Rs 5 crore, then you have to file a four-digit HSN Code

  • If your business involves the import and export of goods and services, then you are required to file an eight-digit HSN Code.

As the HSN Code is an internationally accepted way to classify products, it is used to gather data and understand international and domestic trade that will further help governments in deciding macroeconomic policies related to the trade of these commodities. 

The HSN Code has 21 Sections that are divided into chapters, sections and subsections. In all the 21 sections, there are 99 chapters, over 1,200 sections, and over 5,000 subsections. Each chapter defines a specific category of a product. While looking at the eight-digit HSN Code, the first two digits represent the chapter, at the fourth digit is the heading, while subheadings are at the sixth. The final digit i.e. the eights denotes the tariff item.

As the HSN Code is accepted internationally, the first six digits are the same for all countries. However, for internal classification, some nations have added more. For example, India has an eight-digit HSN Code, while the United States has employed a 10-digit HSN Code classification.

While submitting HSN Codes, it is vital that you enter the right code. In case you do enter the incorrect HSN Code, then it can lead to issues with your shipment during a customs inspection. Issues such as a denial of import privileges, high custom duty charges, and non-compliance penalties can be levied in case you make a mistake. 

In case you’re filing your GST returns and enter the wrong code, then you will be unable to claim your input tax credit. According to Section 31 of the GST Act, an invoice is supposed to be complete in all aspects including correct HSN Code classification to claim the input tax credit.  

 HSN Sections

  • Section I (Chapters 1 to 5): Live animals & animal products

  • Section II (Chapters 6 to 14): Vegetable products

  • Section III (Chapter 15): Animal or vegetable fats and oils

  • Section IV (Chapters 16 to 24: Beverages, spirits, vinegar, and tobacco

  • Section V (Chapters 25 to 27): Mineral products

  • Section VI (Chapters 28 to 38): Chemical and para-chemical products
  • Section VII (Chapters 39 to 40): Plastics and rubber, and articles thereof
  • Section VIII (Chapters 41 to 43): Certain animal hides and skins
  • Section IX (Chapters 44 to 46): Wood, cork, manufactures of straw, and articles thereof

  • Section X (Chapters 47 to 49): Pulp of wood, paper, paperboard, and printed products

  • Section XI (Chapters 50 to 63): Textiles and textile articles

  • Section XII (Chapters 64 to 67): Footwear, headgear, umbrellas, walking sticks, prepared feathers, artificial flowers, and articles of human hair

  • Section XIII (Chapters 68 to 70): Articles made of minerals, stone, plaster, cement, etc., and ceramic and glass products

  • Section XIV (Chapter 71): Precious metals and stones

  • Section XV (Chapters 72 to 83): Base metals and articles thereof  

  • Section XVI (Chapters 84 to 85): Machinery and mechanical appliances, electrical equipment, sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles

  • Section XVII (Chapters 86 to 89): Vehicles, aircraft, vessels, and associated transport equipment

  • Section XVIII (Chapters 90 to 92): Optical, photographic, cinematographic, and musical apparatus and equipment; measuring, medical, surgical, and other instruments; and clocks and watches

  • Section XIX (Chapter 93): Arms and ammunition

  • Section XX (Chapters 94 to 96): Misc manufactured articles

  • Section XXI (Chapters 97 to 99): Arts, collector's pieces, and antiques

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