This information is for importers of clothing. By classifying the goods correctly, you can find out immediately if the goods can be imported duty free from a GSP country.
Below, you will find help on how to classify jackets in headings 61.03/61.04 versus heading 61.09. You will also find information on blouses and shirt-blouses in heading 61.06 versus t-shirts and other vests in heading 61.09 (or heading 61.14).
Jackets - headings 61.03 and 61.04
These headings cover all types of knitted or crocheted jackets other than
- overcoats (see heading 61.01 and 61.02)
- cardigans and other jackets (see heading 61.10), or
- jackets e.g. covered in plastics, rubber, oil, etc. (see heading 61.13)
The headings cover, among other things, ensembles and jackets. The jackets must be suit jackets or similar to suit jackets. Note 3.a. to Chapter 61 describes the conditions for classifying suit and ensemble jackets.
Suit and ensemble jackets that are not part of an ensemble or suit do not need to fulfil all the conditions described in Note 3.a. The jackets can have a zip closure and do not need to be lined.
The same conditions apply for jackets in headings 62.03 and 62.04.
Cardigans and similar articles
Cardigans are knitted jackets without collars, pockets, hood and which can be closed with buttons. They usually reach down to the waist and have no ribbing or similar fit at the bottom. This heading also includes "similar goods" (e.g. similar in relation to cardigans). These jackets can be closed with buttons or zips, are ribbed at the bottom, and have collars and pockets.
Knitted fleece jackets that do not meet the criteria in heading 61.01 or 61.02 (i.e. they do not provide sufficient protection against the weather) are to be classified in heading 61.10 as "similar articles" (similar in relation to cardigans).
Blouses, shirts and shirt-blouses in heading 61.06
In Note 4 to Chapter 61, you will find the legal criteria for garments in heading 61.06. In addition, the Explanatory Notes to the HS nomenclature give a description of blouses and shirt-blouses, to some extent (61.06). These are not exhaustive and we lean on the EU`s "Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature". The Combined Nomenclature is the EU`s customs tariff. This describes blouses and shirt-blouses as follows:
Blouses for women or girls are lightweight garments intended to cover the upper part of the body, of fancy design and usually of a loose-fitting cut, with or without a collar, with or without sleeves, with any type of neckline or at least shoulder straps, with buttons or other means of fastening, the absence of buttons or fastenings being permitted only in the case of a very low-cut garment, with or without decorative trimmings such as ties, jabots, cravats, lace or embroidery.
Shirts and shirt-blouses
Shirts and shirt-blouses for women or girls are garments intended to cover the upper part of the body, with a full or partial opening from the neckline, with sleeves, generally with a collar, with or without pockets, but excluding pockets below the waist. The cut of theses garments is based in that of shirts for men or boys and thus the opening is generally situated at the front. The two parts of the opening close or overlap, right over left. Shirts and shirt-blouses may have an opening whose edges do not overlap.
The garments in this heading reach below the waist, blouses generally being shorter than the other garments mentioned above.
Polo shirts/pique shirts
Most knitted "polo shirts"/"pique shirts" that have a collar and partial opening from the neck are classified as shirts in headings 61.05 and 61.06. They cannot be classified as t-shirts in heading 61.09 as t-shirts and other vests in this heading are not permitted to have a collar.
T-shirts, singlets and other vests - heading 61.09
Garments that cannot be classified in heading 61.06 are either classified in heading 61.09 or 61.14.
Please take note of Note 5 to Chapter 61. The note states what is permitted for garments in heading 61.09. In the Explanatory Notes, heading 61.09, you can read more about how t-shirts in this heading may look.
Due to copy rights the Explanatory Notes are only available in Norwegian on our website.