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EU’s Combined Nomenclature

When reporting to Intrastat, you will be asked to report at the commodity code level. The commodity codes for Intrastat are 8 digits which are subdivided into the numerical system which is called the Combined Nomenclature (CN).

The code system is structured so that the first 6 digits equal HS, the Harmonized System, which is the international product classification system. Adding 2 digits gives you the Combined Nomenclature.

The nomenclature has a hierarchical structure which starts with the general commodity group at the top, descending to the more specific items.

Example of the hierarchical structure:


Getting started

In the sections below, you will find the most important search engines where you can search using key words. The EU search engine is preferable, as it has a well-developed search function. In addition, we provide Excel sheets where all product codes are described - either with the official texts or explanatory texts.

In the section 'CN Sections and Chapters', we have listed the main sections and chapters that can help you in finding the first two digits of the CN Commodity Code.

If you can't find the Commodity Code you need, please contact the SKAT Tariff Department at (+45) 72 22 12 12.

Search Engines

There are various search engines available to help you find Commodity Codes. EU offers an advanced solution, which is available in English and French: Go to EU's Combined Nomenclature Search Engine

It is also possible to search for Commodity Codes within IDEP.web, which is the program used for reporting Intrastat to Statistics Denmark. You must be logged in to IDEP.web before you can use the search engine.

In addition, Statistics Denmark publishes Excel sheets with commodity codes each year - one with the official texts and one with the explanatory texts. You will find these lists in the section below.

What are the Commodity Codes used for?

It may be a difficult task to identify the product codes which you need to report for. Nevertheless, they are a significant part of the External Trade Statistics, which are not only used by public institutions, such as the Ministry of Finance, the National Bank, the EU and others, but also by Danish companies in connection with market analysis.

The information about which products Danish companies are buying from and selling to other EU countries is not only as a tool for market analysis, but also in the field of market research. They are also a tool for guiding political decision makers in terms of which trade-promoting actions are necessary.

CN Sections and Chapters
Section Chapter Content
1 1-5 Live Animals; Animal Products
2 6-14 Vegetable Products
3 15 Animal or Vegetable Fats and Oils and Their Cleavage Products; Prepared Edible Fats; Animal or Vegetable Waxes
4 16-24 Prepared Foodstuffs; Beverages, Spirits and Vinegar; Tobacco and Manufactured Tobacco Substitutes
5 25-27 Mineral Products
6 28-38 Products of the Chemical or Allied Industries
7 38-40 Plastics and Articles Thereof; Rubber and Articles Thereof
8 41-43 Raw Hides and Skins, Leather, Furskins and Articles Thereof; Saddlery And Harness; Travel Goods, Handbags and Similar Containers; Articles of Animal Gut (other than Silkworm Gut)
9 44-46 Wood and Articles of Wood; Wood Charcoal; Cork and Articles of Cork; Manufactures of Straw, of Esparto or of Other Plaiting Materials; Basketware and Wickerwork
10 47-49 Pulp of Wood or of Other Fibrous Cellulosic Material; Recovered (Waste and Scrap) Paper or Paperboard; Paper and Paperboard and Articles Thereof
11 50-63 Textiles and Textile Articles
12 64-67 Footwear, 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
13 68-70 Articles of Stone, Plaster, Cement, Asbestos, Mica or Similar Materials; Ceramic Products; Glass and Glassware
14 71 Natural or Cultured Pearls, Precious or Semi-Precious Stones, Precious Metals, Metals Clad With Precious Metal, and Articles Thereof; Imitation Jewellery; Coin
15 72-76 Base Metals and Articles of Base Metal
77 Chapter not used
78-83 Metaller, værktøj mm
16 84-85 Machinery and Mechanical Appliances; Electrical Equipment; Parts Thereof; Sound Recorders and Reproducers, Television Image and Sound Recorders and Reproducers, and Parts and Accessories of Such Articles
17 86-89 Vehicles, Aircraft, Vessels and Associated Transport Equipment
18 90-92 Optical, Photographic, Cinematographic, Measuring, Checking, Precision, Medical or Surgical Instruments and Apparatus; Clocks and Watches; Musical Instruments; Parts and Accessories Thereof
19 93 Arms and Ammunition; Parts and Accessories Thereof
20 94-96 Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles
21 97 Works of Art, Collectors' Pieces and Antiques