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European Union Countries to Require Harmonized System (HS) Codes on all Customs Forms 

European Union Countries to Require Harmonized System (HS) Codes on all Customs Forms 

From the United State Postal Service (USPS):

Effective March 1, 2023, new European Union (EU) regulations will go into effect, requiring a Harmonized System (HS) tariff code on customs forms (CN22 and CN23) and Advance Electronic Data (AED), for all EU-bound goods. With this change, the Postal Service will require an HS code for EU-bound goods.

These new regulatory changes are designed to increase accountability, efficiency, and decrease the risk of fraud and security threats. By complying with this new mandate, customers will:

Avoid fines and penalties associated with noncompliance.
Reduce safety and security risks.
Help ensure timely and efficient delivery to the EU.
Prevent customs delays and/or return of non-compliant mail items.

To learn more about providing such information please visit the USPS website at USPS Requirements for Packages to EU Countries.

Vague item descriptions on customs forms such as gifts, clothing, electronics, and even “none” will no longer be considered an acceptable description.

To learn more about providing acceptable item descriptions, read the EU’s guidance on acceptable terms at Guidance on Acceptable and Unacceptable Terms for the Description of Goods.

Important note: Although the USPS has indicated that they will not enforce the use of HTSA codes on March 1st and are formalizing the language for the March 30 bulletin giving 90 day notice when enforced, we have been advised that customers should immediately begin following the new requirements.  We would also suggest that the requirements be used for all international packages.

International Mail Service will not be responsible for packages that are returned by the USPS or foreign mail posts due to insufficient or vague customs form information.

Please be sure to share this information with everyone at your facility that may prepare international packages for mailing. Thank you.

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