CECIMO, the European Association for the additive manufacturing (AM) sector, welcomes the introduction of a new classification provision for AM machines in the product nomenclature, used by more than 200 countries.
Maintained by the World Customs Organisations (WCO), this product nomenclature is technically known as the Harmonized System and is used by authorities to classify goods in international trade. The introduction of this new classification code, initially proposed by the EU on the basis of CECIMO’s inputs, will improve the collection of statistics on international trade of AM machines by the material used. It will also facilitate the inclusion of AM machines in bilateral or multilateral trade deal talks across the world, as this product nomenclature is used as a common language in trade negotiations.
Officially approved by parties adhering to the WCO’s Harmonized System, the new classification code for AM machines will enter into force from 1 January 2022 as part of a revised product nomenclature. CECIMO is now supporting EU custom officials on the formal definition of an AM machine, which will intend to describe the new code.