Last Updated on October 1, 2023 by Kevin Chen
If you’re involved in international trade and deal with MBR (Membrane BioReactor) membranes, you might have wondered about their HS code. The HS code, or Harmonized System code, is a critical classification system used globally to identify and categorize products for import and export. So, what HS code applies to MBR membranes?
Here are 2 types of MBR membrane and their corresponding HS codes:
MBR Membrane Element (HS code: 842199)
An MBR membrane element is a fundamental component in wastewater treatment systems – Membrane BioReactors (MBRs). It is essentially a single unit or component of the MBR membrane module. The primary purpose of an MBR membrane element is to provide a surface for filtration. It allows water to pass through while effectively blocking and separating solid particles, contaminants, and microorganisms present in wastewater.
MBR Membrane Module (HS code: 842121)
An MBR membrane module (Membrane BioReactor) is a compact unit in a wastewater treatment system that houses multiple individual MBR membrane elements. It serves to simplify the management of these elements while optimizing the filtration process, ensuring efficient separation of impurities from the wastewater.
What are The Structure And Format Of HS Codes (MBR Membrane)?
MBR Membrane Element
Let’s dissect the structure and classification of HS codes using an example relevant to MBR membrane elements:
- 84: Machinery and Mechanical Appliances
- 84.21: Centrifuges, including centrifugal dryers; filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus for liquids or gases
- 84.21.99: Other filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus – MBR membrane elements
In this breakdown, the initial two digits (84) represent the broader category of “Machinery and Mechanical Appliances.” The following two digits (21) narrow it down to “Centrifuges, including centrifugal dryers; filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus for liquids or gases.” Then, the last two digits (99) specify “Other filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus,” which includes MBR membrane elements as a distinctive subcategory within this classification.
MBR Membrane Module
Let’s once again break down the structure and classification of HS codes, this time using the example relevant to MBR membrane modules:
84: Machinery and Mechanical Appliances
84.21: Centrifuges, including centrifugal dryers; filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus for liquids or gases
84.21.21: Machinery and apparatus for filtering or purifying water for industrial purposes – MBR membrane modules
In this illustration, the initial two digits (84) signify the broader category of “Machinery and Mechanical Appliances.” The subsequent two digits (21) narrow it down to “Centrifuges, including centrifugal dryers; filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus for liquids or gases.” The following two digits (21) provide additional specificity by focusing on “Machinery and apparatus for filtering or purifying water for industrial purposes.” – pinpoint MBR membrane modules as a distinct subcategory within this classification.
Why Does Knowing the HS Code Matter?
Understanding the HS code for MBR membranes is crucial for several reasons:
- Customs Clearance: When importing or exporting MBR membranes, customs authorities use the HS code to determine the applicable duties and taxes. Using the correct code ensures accurate and smooth customs processing.
- Regulatory Compliance: Proper classification helps you comply with international trade regulations and agreements. It ensures that your products meet the necessary standards.
- Trade Statistics: Accurate HS code classification contributes to the collection of reliable trade data. This data is vital for governments and businesses to make informed decisions.
Incorrectly classifying MBR membranes can have consequences such as delays in customs clearance, overpayment of duties, or even legal issues. Understanding these classifications is essential when dealing with MBR membrane element / MBR membrane module imports or exports. Customs officials rely on HS code 842199 / 842121 to swiftly identify and classify MBR membrane element/module products, streamlining customs clearance and ensuring the smooth flow of international trade.
The information provided above outlines the HS code for MBR membranes. If you have any further inquiries or require more details about MBR membranes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with SPERTA.
Shanghai SPERTA Environmental Technology Co., Ltd. is a well-established company with years of experience in manufacturing water treatment products. We specialize in producing components for MBR membranes and possess expertise in this field. Our production capacity is substantial, and our goal is to establish a reputable global brand for MBR production and distribution. If you have any specific requirements or questions, please feel free to reach out to us.