10 January 2022
Canadian Custom Brokerage

Major changes to the Harmonized System for January 1st, 2022

Updated: September 30, 2021

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The World Customs Organization (WCO) has published changes to the Harmonized System (HS) Nomenclature that will come into force on January 1, 2022. The HS is updated every five years to take into account, among other things, new technologies and changing business models.

Canada participated in the development of these changes and must now adopt them in its Customs Tariff effective January 1st, 2022.


Update your database

We invite you to contact the Axxess team as soon as possible to obtain a quote in order to update your database.

Compliance file

It is important to keep your compliance record intact with the CBSA for January 1st, 2022.


For any questions or information requests relating to this major change in the Harmonized System Nomenclature for January 1st, 2022, do not hesitate to contact us by phone at 514-849-9377 or email: infoSH2022@axxessintl.com

You can also see the Questions and Answers section below.

Questions and answers VERSION 1: September 30, 2021

  1. What are the changes to HS 2022?

The Harmonized System 2022 includes 351 sets of modifications to be implemented in all participating countries around the world and these amendments are distributed as follows:


For details on these sets of changes, visit the WCO website

There are also other complementary amendments published by the WCO that will apply from January 1, 2022.

For details on these additional amendments, visit the WCO website

Source: WCO (2020)


  1. As an importer, how can I prepare for these changes internationally (6 digits):

Request a quote from Axxess to verify and make the preliminary update of our database.

With your agreement, Axxess will identify the affected products, ask you the necessary questions and perform a preliminary update of your import profile.


  1. Then how to prepare for the changes at the national level (7th / 8th and 9th / 10th digits):

Upon receipt of the correlation tables from the Department of Finance Canada and Statistics Canada, Axxess will provide you with an estimate of the time required with the costs to be able to complete the update of your database.

With your agreement, Axxess will identify the affected products, ask you the necessary questions and proceed with the final update of your import profile.


  1. Will these changes have a financial impact on my imports:

These changes usually do not involve any change in government tariff policy and there is no impact on duty rates.

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