What is a CN Code?
The Combined Nomenclature Code is used for classifying goods to ensure the correct customs duty rate are applied [ref]. CN Codes are based on Harmonized System HS codes with further divisions for the EU [ref].
A Maker must assign a CN Code to each of their products.
Example CN Codes:
|22041098||Sparkling wine of fresh grapes (excl. varietal wines)|
|22060039||Mead and other fermented beverages and mixtures of fermented beverages and mixtures of fermented beverages with non-alcoholic beverages, sparkling, n.e.s.|
|22083082||Whiskey other than Bourbon and Scotch, in containers holding 2 litres or less.|
|Gin, in containers holding 2 litres or less.|
|Aquavit - distilled from fruit.|
Aquavit - other
Other spirits (including liqueurs), in containers holding 2 litres or less.
There are ~230 CN Codes relevant to alcoholic beverages.
Still wine = 117 codes
Spirits = 89 codes
Sparkling = 13 codes
Intermediate = 8 codes
Beer = 3 codes
70+ of the codes are regional such as "Wine from Sicily”.
Note: There is a correspondence between CN Codes and Excise Product Codes. A CN Code can be related to multiple Excise Product codes.
To identify what CN code best classifies your beverage, you can use the European Database. Use the search bar to describe your beverage to ease the search.