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Changes to the AHECC

Statistical codes in the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) will be revised with new codes coming into effect on 1 January 2015. The changes result from the introduction of new statistical codes in Chapter 28 regarding radioactive elements and isotopes and how they relate to the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958. The changes will not impact directly on the presentation of statistics in ABS publications but will impact on detailed export statistics available on request.

The Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) - Electronic Publication, Jan 2012 (cat. no. 1233.0) will be updated on the ABS website on 20 November 2014. For further information contact the Classification Manager on Canberra (02) 6252 5409 or email international.trade@abs.gov.au. The ABS Privacy Policy outlines how the ABS will handle any personal information that you provide to us.

The following table shows the code that is closing on 31 December 2014 and the codes that are replacing it opening on 1 January 2015.

Closing 31/12/2014 Replaced by:

28444000 28444010 and 28444090



Proposed changes to Customs Tariff import classification

The ABS is undertaking an import classification feasibility study into the creation of specific new Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification (Customs Tariff) statistical codes under subheadings 7227.90.90, 7228.70.00, 7308.90.00, 7312.10.00 and 7312.90.00. The outcomes of the feasibility study will be implemented on 1 January 2015. The initial proposed changes are shown in the tables below:

Current Customs TariffProposed new Customs Tariff
7227.90.907227.90.90--- Other
7227.90.90.42NR--- Other7227.90.90.xwTContaining indentations, ribs, grooves or other deformations produced during the rolling process
7227.90.90.xxTOf circular cross-section measuring less than 14 mm in diameter
7227.90.90.xyTOf circular cross-section measuring 14 mm or more in diameter
7227.90.90.xzTOther
Current Customs TariffProposed new Customs Tariff
7228.70.007228.70.00- Angles, shapes and sections
7228.80.00.56T- Angles, shapes and sections7228.70.00.zxTU, I, H or L sections, not further worked than hot-rolled, hot-drawn or extruded, of a height of less than 80 mm
7228.70.00.zyTU, I, H or L sections, not further worked than hot-rolled, hot-drawn or extruded, of a height of 80 mm or more
7228.70.00.zzTOther
Current Customs TariffProposed new Customs Tariff
7308.90.00- Other
7308.90.00.49NR- OtherColumns, pillars, posts, beams, girders, bracing, gantries, brackets, struts, ties and similar structural units
. Roll formed structures
7308.90.00.aaT.. Hot rolled
7308.90.00.bbT.. Plated or coated with zinc or with aluminium-zinc alloys, of a thickness less than 1.2 mm
7308.90.00.ccT.. Plated or coated with zinc or with aluminium-zinc alloys, of a thickness of 1.2 mm or more
7308.90.00.ddT.. Other
7308.90.00.eeT. Other
7308.90.00.wxTSteel grating, stairways and treads
7308.90.00.ffTRacking and shelving
7308.90.00.xxTSheet-metal roofing, siding, flooring and roof drainage equipment (or rainwater goods)
7308.90.00.xyTHandrails and stanchions
7308.90.00.xzTOther
Current Customs TariffProposed new Customs Tariff
7312.10.00- Stranded wire, ropes and cables7312.10.00- Stranded wire, ropes and cables
7312.10.00.75KGBrass coated steel cordage for reinforcing rubber tyres7312.10.00.75KGBrass coated steel cordage for reinforcing rubber tyres
7312.10.00.35KGOtherOther
7312.10.00.aaKG. Of stainless steel
. Other
.. Stress-relieved steel wire strand (for example prestressed concrete strand or low-relaxation strand) whether or not containing alloys
7312.10.00.baKG... Of a diameter not exceeding 18 mm, containing not more than seven strands
7312.10.00.bbKG... Other
.. Ropes and cables, containing not more than eight strands, whether or not containing alloys
7312.10.00.caKG... Of a diameter not exceeding 50 mm
7312.10.00.cbKG... Of a diameter exceeding 50 mm but not exceeding 100 mm
7312.10.00.ccKG... Of a diameter exceeding 100 mm
7312.10.00.daKG.. Ropes and cables, containing more than eight strands, whether or not containing alloys
7312.10.00.eaKG.. Other
7312.90.00.36KG- Other7312.90.00- Other
7312.90.00.faKGSlings
7312.90.00.fbKGOther


Change to country label

From the August 2014 issues there is a label change to the country formerly known as Cape Verde:

CountryNew label
Cape Verde Cabo Verde

This change impacts time series spreadsheet table 2 and data cubes 8 and 9 of International Merchandise Imports, Australia (cat. no. 5439.0) and time series spreadsheet tables 14a, 14b, 36a–36j, 37a–37i of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0). International merchandise trade data available on request are also affected. This change only applies to the label and does not impact the composition of the country data.


Change to port label

From the August 2014 issues there is a label change to the port formerly known as All Ports-Cape Verde:

PortNew label
All Ports–Cape VerdeAll Ports–Cabo Verde

This change impacts on detailed import and export statistics available on request. This change only applies to the label and does not impact the composition of port data.


Revision to correspondence between AHECC and Standard International Trade Classification Revision 4

From the August 2014 issue of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0) minor amendments to the concordance between the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) and the Standard International Trade Classification Revision 4 (SITC Rev. 4) have been implemented. These changes impact on table 12 and time series spreadsheet tables 12a and 12b of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0). These changes are described in Information Paper: Revision to correspondences to AHECC and Customs Tariff (cat. no. 5368.0.55.021) released on 23 June 2014.


Revision to correspondence between Customs Tariff and Standard International Trade Classification Revision 4

From the August 2014 issues, minor amendments to the concordance between the Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification (Customs Tariff) and the Standard International Trade Classification Revision 4 (SITC Rev. 4) have been implemented. These changes impact on time series spreadsheet tables 1, 3 and 7 and data cubes 8 and 9 of International Merchandise Imports, Australia (cat. no. 5439.0). Table 13 and time series spreadsheet tables 13a, 13b and 34 of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0) will also be impacted. These changes are described in Information Paper: Revision to correspondences to AHECC and Customs Tariff (cat. no. 5368.0.55.021) released on 23 June 2014.


Future release dates of foreign trade publications

5368.0 – International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia

October 2014 4 December 2014
November 2014 6 January 2015
December 20143 February 2015
January 20155 March 2015
February 20152 April 2015
March 20155 May 2015

5439.0 – International Merchandise Imports, Australia

November 2014 17 December 2014
December 2014 20 January 2015
January 2015 17 February 2015
February 2015 18 March 2015
March 2015 21 April 2015
April 2015 19 May 2015



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