Historical documents of the Harmonized System Committee

How to search for Historical Documents

  • If you are a WCO Member, please sign-in as some documents are restricted to Members only.
  • The search gives Members results for both restricted and non-restricted documents.
  • On the “search page” left menu, under the section “Historical Documents and Classification Advice”, select "Harmonized System Committee" from the drop down list.
  • Four and six-digit HS codes must be written as one without a dot (e.g. 300490 instead of 3004.90). The same applies to document numbers (e.g. 38241 instead of 38.241 E).
  • The system does not support special characters such as dash (-), hyphen (-), slash (/), etc. Example: "pick-up" should be written "pickup".  Do not use so-called stop words such as "or", "of", “and”.
  • Once you have entered a word in the “search term” field, press “enter”
  • It is possible to narrow down the search results by making successive search commands. For example, if you have searched for the word “motors”, and now want to narrow the search to “motor boats”, just enter the word “boats” in the “search term” field.

The historical documentation database currently contains Harmonized System Committee documents and reports from the Sessions indicated below (without disclosing the business confidential information or classification questions currently under consideration).

Unfortunately, we have a back-log with regard to the publication of documents published prior to the 10th session of the HSC; we are working to remedy this situation as soon as possible.

Below you will find files containing the entire list of documents and their titles. If you want to view the content of a document, click here and go to the search engine.