The present tariff came into effect in 1997.
It is known in the rest of the world under the naming of " The Harmonized System Codes (HS Code)"
The HS Code is a standard issued by the World Customs Organization (WCO) to unify the classification of the goods. These are six digit codes for identifying different products across the world. The country using these Hscodes can suffix additional digits to the existing six digits according to their needs. Djibouti Customs has suffixed the Hscodes with two additional digits, thus making them an eight digit code.
HS Code system classifies goods into 21 sections based on goods categories. Every section consists of chapters, which are further divided into headings. Each heading consists of Hs codes representing similar type of goods.
Besides these fundamental distinctions there are other distinctions based on the technology: electric devices, materials of transport, pharmaceutical products, etc. …
It is a global language being used as a basis for the tariffs of more than 176 countries & Customs Union.
Since 1997 Djibouti Customs requires every Consignee to specify Hscodes instead of just goods description mentioned in the Invoice before generating a Bill of Entry. Along with each Hs code the Consignee should also give details of total weight, Quantity (if applicable), package Type, CIF Value and currency code.