HSN Code in GST

What is HSN Code in GST?

What is HSN code in GST

The Harmonized System of Nomenclature or simply “HSN”, 6 digit uniform code allotted over 5000 goods and universally accepted. It is multipurpose international product nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization(WCO).

Understanding the digits of HSN Code

Going through the universal HSN Code list, it contains 21 section, with 99 chapters, about 1,244 headings,  5,224 subheadings. it is clear that every good is assigned with a 6-digit code which is unique in nature. In India, there are 2 more digits added to these 6 for further classification by Indian taxation system for the product.

HSN code

For e.g:- 09024020 is the code for Black Tea sold as the leaf in bulk, where 09 is the Chapter, 02 is the heading and 40 is the product code for Black Tea. The last 2 digits of 20 are code allotted by Indian taxation system for Black Tea sold in leaf form and in bulk.


Sections HSN Code List for
Section 1 Live Animals, Animal Products
Section 2 Vegetable Products
Section 3 Animal or Vegetable Fats and Oils and their cleavage products, prepared edible fats, Animal or Vegetable Waxes
Section 4 Prepared Foodstuffs, Beverages, Spirits and Vinegar, Tobacco and Manufactured Tobacco Substitutes
Section 5 Mineral Products
Section 6 Product of the chemicals or allied Industries
Section 7 Plastics and articles thereof, Rubber and articles thereof
Section 8 Raw hides and skins, Leather, Furskins and articles thereof, saddlery and harness, travel goods, handbags and similar containers, articles of animal gut ( other than silk-worm gut )
Section 9 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
Section 10 Pulp of wood or of other Fibrous Cellulosic Material, Recovered ( Waste and scrap ) paper or paperboard, paper and paperboard and articles thereof
Section 11 Textile and textile articles
Section 12 Footwear, Headgear, Umbrellas, Sun Umbrellas, Walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding crops,  parts thereof, Prepared feathers and articles made therewith, Artificial flowers, Articles of human hair
Section 13 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica, or similar materials, ceramic products, glass and glassware
Section 14 Natural or cultured pearls, Precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, Metal clad with precious metal, and articles thereof, Imitation Jewellery, Coins
Section 15 Base Metals and Articles of Base Metal
Section 16 Machinery and mechanical appliances, electrical equipment, parts thereof, sound recorders and reproducers, television image and such recorders and reproducers, and Parts and Accessories of such article
Section 17 Vehicles, Aircraft, Vessels and Associated Transport Equipment
Section 18 Optical, Photographic, Cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus, clocks,  watches, musical instruments, parts and accessories thereof
Section 19 Arms and ammunition, parts and accessories thereof
Section 20 Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles
Section 21 Works of art, Collectors’ Pieces, and antiques




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