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Rates given below are updated as per 31st GST council meeting held on 22nd December 2018 to the best of our information. There may be variations due to Government's latest updates. We are not responsible for any wrong information. Against each rate, Please check the ''Effective from'' date. If you need to check a rate before ''Effective from'', please check on government website.

What is HSN?

HSN stands for Harmonized System of Nomenclature. HSN was developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) to classify the goods across the world in a systematic manner for the purpose of taxation in identifying each product. HSN classification covers more than 5,000 products, and it came into force in 1988. HSN is widespread and is adopted by more than 200 countries for uniform classification, the base for customs tariff and for collecting international trade statistics.

How Does HSN Code Work?

HSN code has over 5,000 commodity groups, each of the group is identified by a six-digit code, which is arranged in a legal and logical structure. The HSN code is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniformity.

Importance of HSN Code

  • Since the HSN code is accepted internationally for classifying products, that makes the HSN Code Finder a logical way of identifying goods for both domestic and foreign trade.
  • HSN code is used to gather data and understand foreign and domestic trade in a more efficient manner.
  • Therefore, it will help the government in deciding macroeconomic policies related to the trade of these commodities.
  • Latest Updates: HSN in GST

    HSN Codes to Be Declared up to 31 March 2021:

    TurnoverNo.of digits of HSN to be declared
    Up to 1.5 crore0
    1.5 crore - 5 crore2
    More than 5 crore4

    HSN Codes to Be Declared from 1 April 2021:
    (Vide CGST notification number 78/2020 dated 15 October 2020)

    TurnoverType of invoice documentNo.of digits of HSN to be declared
    Up to 5 croreMandatory for B2B tax invoices4
    Optional for B2C tax invoices4
    More than 5 croresMandatory for all invoices6

    Note: Annual aggregate turnover for the previous financial year, i.e., for reporting invoice in FY 2021-22, turnover to be referred must be of FY 2020-21.

    HSN Worldwide

    The HSN Finder is used by more than 200 countries and economies for the following reasons:

  • Uniform classification of goods/products
  • The base for customs tariffs
  • Collection of international trade statistics
  • An important fact about HSN is that over 98% of the merchandise in international trade is classified in terms of the HSN.

    HSN in India

    India has been a member of the World Customs Organization (WCO) since 1971. It was originally using 6-digit HSN codes to classify commodities for Customs and Central Excise. Later Customs and Central Excise added two more digits to make the codes more precise, resulting in an 8 digit classification. The HSN will help every taxpayer in India to search the GST rate by just entering the HSN code after which the system will automatically show the tax rate applicable on the commodity under the GST, hence simplifying the trade procedures in India.

    Structure of HSN Code

    The HSN structure consists of 21 Sections with 99 Chapters, 1,244 headings and 5,224 subheadings. Each section is divided into a Chapter and each Chapter is divided into a Heading. Each Heading is further divided into a Subheading. Section and Chapter denote the categories of products or goods while Heading and Subheading denote the products in detail.

    It is mandatory for a product to have all eight digits in case of export and import under the GST regime.

  • Chapter: Under the HSN module there are 99 chapters.
  • Heading: Under these chapters, there are 1244 headings.
  • Subheading: There are 5224 subheadings under these headings.
  • The first six digits of the HSN code cannot be altered as per the guidelines of WCO but the last four digits which include Regional tariff and National tariff can be changed by the customs authority.

    What Is an HSN Code for GST?

    HSN codes were earlier applicable only for Central Excise and Customs, but with the implementation of GST now there is a requirement for businesses to mention HSN codes in their tax invoice. Following are the provisions related to HSN code under GST:

  • Annual turnover of less than and up to Rs 1.5 cr – not required to mention HSN code
  • Annual turnover of more than 1.5 cr up to 5 cr – required to mention HSN code up to 2 digits
  • Annual turnover exceeding 5 cr – required to mention HSN code up to 4 digits.
  • HSN classification was already in existence in India during the Central Excise and Customs regime, however, it became detailed in the GST with two more digits added to it. Hence, an HSN code in the GST regime contains 8 digits.

    What is SAC?

    Similar to the HSN code finder, codes for services are called Services Accounting Code or SAC. As with goods, services are also classified evenly for recognition, measurement, and taxation purposes.

    SACs are issued by the Central Board of Indirect Tax to classify each service. The SACs are used at the time of generating invoices for the services rendered.

    Format of SAC

    The SAC code is a unique 6 digit number that contains two numbers each for Chapter, Heading and Subheading.

    Below we have given an example for the same:

    SAC code for Legal documentation and certification services concerning patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights is 998213

  • The first two digits are the same for all services i.e. 99
  • The next two digits (82) stands for nature of service, in this case, legal services - Heading
  • The last two digits (13) stands for the detailed nature of service, i.e., legal documentation for patents - Subheading.
  • GST HSN Finder - Steps to Search HSN/SAC Tax Rates

    Follow the steps outlined below to find the HSN codes for GST:

  • Visit the GST portal home page - and enter the login details such as Username and Password.
  • Click on Services > User Services > Search HSN/SAC code.
  • Click on the HSN checkbox.
  • Select the tax-type you are searching for in the Tax-Type drop-down list.
  • Now, enter the HSN code or name of the chapter whose rates you are looking for under the “Search HSN Chapter by Name or Code.”
  • Additionally, enter the HSN code of the goods whose tax rates you are looking for under the “Search HSN Code” category.
  • Select the appropriate dates in the “Effective Period” category from the calendar.
  • Once the details are filled in, click on the “Search” option.
  • In case you select SGST from the Tax Type list, you also need to select the State for which you want to check the tax rate.
  • In the case of SAC codes, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Click on the SAC checkbox.
  • Select the tax-type you are searching for in the Tax-Type drop-down list.
  • Select the tax-type you are searching for in the Tax-Type drop-down list.
  • Furthermore, enter the Service Classification Code (SAC) whose rates you are looking for under the “Service by Name or Code.”
  • Additionally, select the appropriate dates in the “Effective Period” category from the calendar.
  • Lastly, click on the “Search” option and the details will be displayed on the screen.
  • HSN Section-wise Code List

    SectionsHSN Code List
    Section 1Live animals, animal products
    Section 2Vegetable products
    Section 3Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products, prepared edible fats, animal or vegetable waxes
    Section 4Prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits and vinegar, tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
    Section 5Mineral products
    Section 6Product of the chemicals or allied industries
    Section 7Plastics and articles thereof, rubber and articles thereof
    Section 8Raw hides and skins, leather, fur skins, and articles thereof, saddlery and harness, travel goods, handbags and similar containers, articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut)
    Section 9Wood and articles of wood, wood charcoal, cork and articles of cork, manufacturers of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials, basketwork and wickerwork
    Section 10Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material, recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard, and articles thereof
    Section 11Textile and textile articles
    Section 12Footwear, headgear, umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof, prepared feathers and articles made therewith, artificial flowers, articles of human hair
    Section 13Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica, or similar materials, ceramic products, glass and glassware
    Section 14Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metal clad with precious metal, and articles thereof, imitation jewellery, coins
    Section 15Base metals and articles of base metal
    Section 16Machinery and mechanical appliances, electrical equipment, parts thereof, sound recorders and reproducers, television image and souch recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such article
    Section 17Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment
    Section 18Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus, clocks and watches, musical instruments, parts and accessories thereof
    Section 19Arms and ammunition, parts and accessories thereof
    Section 20Miscellaneous manufactured articles
    Section 21Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques

    HSN Chapter-wise Code List

    Below tabulated is the HSN Chapter code list:

    Chapter NumberDescription
    Chapter 1Live animals and poultry
    Chapter 2Animal meat and edible offals
    Chapter 3Fish, fillets and other aquatic animals meat
    Chapter 4Honey, eggs and dairy products
    Chapter 5Inedible animal products (unspecified)
    Chapter 6Flowers, live trees and plants
    Chapter 7Vegetables
    Chapter 8Fruits
    Chapter 9Tea, coffee, spices
    Chapter 10Cereals and grains
    Chapter 11Milling industry products
    Chapter 12Medicinal plants, seeds and fruits
    Chapter 13Lac, gums, resins, vegetable SAP and other extracts
    Chapter 14Vegetable products and materials (unspecified)
    Chapter 15Oils, fats, vegetable and animal products
    Chapter 16Fish and aquatic vertebrates meat (prepared/preserved)
    Chapter 17Sugar, sugar confectionery and bubble gums
    Chapter 18Cocoa and cocoa products
    Chapter 19Pastry, pizza, bread, waffles
    Chapter 20Fruits, juices, jams and jellies
    Chapter 21Tea, coffee and other edible preparations
    Chapter 22Non-alcoholic beverages, spirit and vinegar
    Chapter 23Residual starch products, meals, and pellets
    Chapter 24Tobacco and tobacco products
    Chapter 25Salts and marbles
    Chapter 26Mineral ores and concentrates
    Chapter 27Coal, petroleum and other fossil fuels
    Chapter 28Gases and inorganic chemicals
    Chapter 29Hydrocarbons
    Chapter 30Blood and pharma products
    Chapter 31Fertilizers and unspecified products
    Chapter 32Colouring and tanning products
    Chapter 33Cosmetics and oils
    Chapter 34Soaps and waxes
    Chapter 35Glues and enzymes
    Chapter 36Industrial explosives and fireworks
    Chapter 37Photographic and cinematographic goods
    Chapter 38Chemicals and clinical wastes
    Chapter 39Plastic products
    Chapter 40Rubber and rubber products
    Chapter 41Skins and rawhides
    Chapter 42Leather products: bags, wallets, and handbags
    Chapter 43Raw and artificial fur products
    Chapter 44Wood products and wood charcoal
    Chapter 45Natural and shuttlecock cork
    Chapter 46Basketware, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; wickerwork and manufacturers of straw
    Chapter 47Wood pulp
    Chapter 48Paper, paperboard, newsprint
    Chapter 49Printed books, newspapers and postal goods
    Chapter 50Silk
    Chapter 51Fine, wool or coarse animal hair; woven fabric and horsehair yarn
    Chapter 52Cotton
    Chapter 53Paper yarn and woven fabrics of paper yarn and other vegetable textile fibres
    Chapter 54Man-made filaments
    Chapter 55Man-made staple fibres
    Chapter 56Cables, ropes, felt and nonwovens, cordage, wadding; special yarns; twine and articles thereof
    Chapter 57Carpets and other textile floor coverings
    Chapter 58Fabrics of tufted textile, lace; tapestries, trimmings; embroidery
    Chapter 59Coated and laminated textile fabrics, special woven fabrics,
    Chapter 60Knitted or crocheted fabrics
    Chapter 61Accessories of clothing knitted or crocheted and articles of apparel
    Chapter 62Clothing accessories not knitted or crocheted and articles of apparel
    Chapter 63Other textile articles, sets, worn clothing and rags, worn textile articles
    Chapter 64Footwear, gaiters, and parts of such articles
    Chapter 65Headgear parts thereof
    Chapter 66Umbrellas, walking stick and accessories
    Chapter 67Wigs, artificial flowers, false beards
    Chapter 68Cement, plaster, mica and construction materials
    Chapter 69Bricks and ceramic products
    Chapter 70Glass and glassware products
    Chapter 71Gold, silver, diamond, pearls and other precious metals
    Chapter 72Iron, steel, iron rods and non-alloy products
    Chapter 73Railway tracks, iron tube, containers, nails, needles and sanitary wares
    Chapter 74Copper and copper alloy products
    Chapter 75Nickel and nickel alloy products
    Chapter 76Aluminium and aluminium products
    Chapter 77(Reserved for possible future use)
    Chapter 78Lead, lead foils and sheets
    Chapter 79Zinc bars, zinc dust and sheets
    Chapter 80Tin, tin bars and profiles
    Chapter 81Cobalt, magnesium, bismuth and other base metals
    Chapter 82Agricultural tools, cutlery, razors and knives
    Chapter 83Padlocks, bells, safe deposit lockers and base metal products
    Chapter 84Industrial tools and machinery
    Chapter 85Electrical and electronic products
    Chapter 86Railway machinery and locomotives
    Chapter 87Motor vehicles
    Chapter 88Aircraft, satellites, parachute
    Chapter 89Boats, ships, cargo vessels
    Chapter 90Artificial organs, medical equipment, monitoring systems, photographic, cinematographic accessories, lens, and optical fibres
    Chapter 91Watches and clocks
    Chapter 92All musical Instruments
    Chapter 93Arms and military weapons
    Chapter 94Lighting, furniture and household products
    Chapter 95Electronic toys, sports goods and gaming consoles
    Chapter 96Pens, pencils, educational equipment, and smoking pipes
    Chapter 97Arts and antiques
    Chapter 98Passenger baggage, laboratory chemical and project imports
    Chapter 99Services

    Note: Check the detailed HSN code list with GST rate here.

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