HSN Codes for GST List & HSN code list PDF

All businesses registered under GST need to know the HSN / SAC codes and tax rates for the items they are selling.
Learn all about these and download the HSN code list PDF.

Whether you are dealer of goods or services, the GST laws require you to make invoices with the corresponding HSN codes for products or SAC codes for services.

What are HSN codes?

HSN stands for Harmonized System of Nomenclature and is an internationally known method of naming, classifying and identifying products. In India HSN codes are used to identify goods and calculate GST.

Where should HSN and SAC codes be mentioned?

You should mention these codes when you register for GST, on your invoices and in your GST returns.

How does GST HSN code work?

The HSN list comprises about 5,000 commodity groups, each identified by a six-digit code, arranged in a structure that takes into account logic and legal necessities. It is defined by solid rules to achieve uniform classification.

HSN Worldwide

The HSN system is used in over 200 countries around the world. These codes are used because it is much more convenient to have a uniform classification, they offer a base for their customs tariffs and HSN codes simplify the collection of international trade statistics.

NOTE: Over 98% of the merchandise available in international trade is classified under the HSN structure.

The Harmonized System of Nomenclature number for each commodity is accepted by most of the countries, and the HSN number is the same for almost all goods. In some cases, the HSN nuumber varies based on the nature of the goods classified.

Understanding the HSN Code for GST in India

The HSN structure contains 21 sections that have 99 chapters, about 1244 heading and 5224 heading. Yes, that is a lot, and it all makes logical sense.

  • Each section is divided into Chapters.
  • Each Chapter is divided into Headings.
  • Each Heading is divided into Sub Headings.

Section and Chapter titles describe general categories of goods, while headings and subheadings describe products in detail.

Let’s take an example to understand this a bit more.

Nylon Moulding Powder, HSN code

  • First two digits (39) indicates the Chapter number for this category of articles.
  • Next two digits (08) indicates the heading number for this item.
  • Next two digits (90) indicates the subheading number for this product.
  • A 6 digits HSN code is accepted worlwide.
  • Last two digits (10) In India the HSN code has an extra 2 digits for further classification. It subclassifies the product tariff heading during import and export of supply.
  • You can scroll below for a HSN code for a GST list

Services Accounting Code (SAC) in GST

SAC or Service Accounting Codes are unique codes provided to recognise, measure and appropriately tax services.

For example:

Legal documentation and certification services concerning patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights - 998213.

  • First 2 digits are the same for all services, (99).
  • The next 2 digits (82) represent the major nature of service, legal services in this case.
  • The last 2 digits (13) represent the detailed nature of the service. In this case, legal documentation for patents.


HSN codes to be declared


No. of digits of HSN to be declared

Up to 1.5 crore


1.5 crore- 5 crore


More than 5 crore


  • HSN codes have to be declared in every tax invoice issued by a taxpayer under GST.
  • The turnover for the previous year will be considered as a base for the number of HSN digits to be used.

All 8 digits of HSN code is mandatory in case of export and imports under the GST legislation.

Which businesses are not required to use HSN code list while selling goods?

Businesses with an annual turnover smaller than Rs. 1.5 Crores do not have to use HSN codes to sell goods. Along with them, a business registered under the composition scheme is also not required to mention HSN codes on invoices.

How can I find my product in HSN list and its relevant HSN Code?

If you are doing a HSN code search for a HSN code list PDF file that you want to keep on your computer, you can download a list of both HSN and SAC codes from here.

What is UQC?

UQC stands for Unique Quantity Code. In simple terms, this means it is a unit of measurement. A more practical example is 1 liter of oil. In GST, any tax invoice, credit note, debit note must have UQC or quantity unit description, for example, 100 meters of fabric.

How to find HSN code list?

Due to the diversity of goods, HSN codes have been categorised in chapters. Have a look at the table below to identify under which category your products fall and use this website
https://cbic-gst.gov.in/gst-goods-services-rates.html to identify the HSN code list for GST you need for your business in India.

Chapter 1

Live Animals, Bovine & Poultry

Chapter 2

Meat & Edible Offal of Animals

Chapter 3

Fish Meat & Fillets

Chapter 4

Eggs, Honey & Milk Products

Chapter 5

Non Edible Animal Products

Chapter 6

Live Trees & Plants

Chapter 7


Chapter 8

Fruits & Dry Fruits

Chapter 9

Tea, Coffee & Spices

Chapter 10

Edible Grains

Chapter 11

Milling Industry Products

Chapter 12

Oil Seeds, Fruit & Part of Plants

Chapter 13

Gums, Resins, Vegetable SAP & Extracts

Chapter 14

Vegetable Material & Products

Chapter 15

Fats, Oils & Waxes their Fractions

Chapter 16

Preserved/Prepared Food Items

Chapter 17

Sugar, Jaggery, Honey & bubble Gums

Chapter 18

Chocolate & Cocoa Products

Chapter 19

Pizza, Cake, Bread, Pasta & Waffles

Chapter 20

Edible Plants - Fruits, Nuts & Juices

Chapter 21

Tea & Coffee Extract & Essence

Chapter 22

Water - Mineral & Aerated

Chapter 23

Flours, Meals & Pellets

Chapter 24

Tobacco, Stemmed & Stripped

Chapter 25

Salts & Sands

Chapter 26

Mineral Ores & Slags

Chapter 27

Fossil Fuels - Coal & Petroleum

Chapter 28

Gases & Non Metals

Chapter 29

Hydrocarbons - Cyclic & Acyclic

Chapter 30

Drugs & Pharmaceuticals

Chapter 31


Chapter 32

Tanning & Colouring Products

Chapter 33

Essential Oils, Beauty Products

Chapter 34

Soaps, Waxes, Polish products

Chapter 35

Casein, Albumin, Gelatin, Enzymes

Chapter 36

Propellants, Explosives, Fuses, Fireworks

Chapter 37

Photographic & Cinematographic Films

Chapter 38

Insecticides, Artificial Carbon & Graphite

Chapter 39

Polymers, Polyethylene, Cellulose

Chapter 40

Rubber, Plates, Belt, Condensed Milk

Chapter 41

Raw hides & Skins, Leather

Chapter 42

Trunks, Suit-cases, Vanity cases

Chapter 43

Raw Fur Skins, Articles of apparel

Chapter 44

Fuel wood, Wood Charcoal

Chapter 45

Natural Cork, Shuttlecock Cork

Chapter 46

Plaiting Materials, Basketwork

Chapter 47

Mechanical & Chemical woodpulp

Chapter 48

Newsprint, Uncoated paper & paperboard

Chapter 49

Printed Books, Brochures, Newspapers

Chapter 50

Silk Worm Cocoon, Yarn, Waste & Woven Fabrics

Chapter 51

Wool materials & Waste, Animal Hairs

Chapter 52

Cotton materials, Synthetics & Woven fabrics

Chapter 53

Flex raw, Vegetable materials & Paper yarn

Chapter 54

Synthetic felaments, Woven fabrics & Rayons

Chapter 55

Synthetic felament tows & Polyster staple fiber

Chapter 56

Towels, Napkins, ropes & Netting materials

Chapter 57

Carpets & Floor coverings textile Handlooms

Chapter 58

Labels, Badges, Woven pile & Chennile, Terry towelings

Chapter 59

Rubberised textile fabrics, Convayer belts

Chapter 60

Pile,Wrap Knit,Tarry & Croched fabrics

Chapter 61

Men & Women Clothing

Chapter 62

Men & Women Jackets, Coats & Garments

Chapter 63

Blankets & Bedsheets

Chapter 64

Shoes & Footwear Products

Chapter 65

Hats & Accessories

Chapter 66

Umbrellas & Accessories

Chapter 67

Artificial flowers, Wigs & False Beards

Chapter 68

Monumental & Building Stones

Chapter 69

Bricks, Blocks & Ceramics

Chapter 70

Glasses, Mirrors, Flasks

Chapter 71

Pearls, Diamonds, Gold, Platinum

Chapter 72

Iron, Alloys, Scrap & Granules

Chapter 73

Iron tube, piles & Sheets

Chapter 74

Copper Mattes, Rods, Bars, Wires, Plates

Chapter 75

Nickel Mattes & Unwrought Nickel

Chapter 76

Unwrought Aluminium- Rods, Sheets & Profiles

Chapter 77

Unwrought Lead - Rods, Sheets & Profiles

Chapter 78

Unwrought Zinc - Rods, Sheets & Profiles

Chapter 79

Unwrought Tin - Rods, Sheets & Profiles

Chapter 80

Magnesium, Cobalt, Tungsten Articles

Chapter 81

Hand Tools & Cutlery

Chapter 82

Locks, Metal Mountings & Fittings

Chapter 83

Hand Tools & Cutlery

Chapter 84

Locks, Metal Mountings & Fittings

Chapter 85

Industrial Machinery

Chapter 86

Electrical Parts & Electronics

Chapter 87

Railway Locomotives & Parts

Chapter 88

Tractors & Motor Vehicles

Chapter 89

Balloons, Parachutes & Airlift Gear

Chapter 90

Cruise Ships & Boats

Chapter 91

Medical, Chemical & Astronomy

Chapter 92

Watches & Clocks

Chapter 93

Musical Instruments

Chapter 94

Military Weapons & firearms

Chapter 95

Furniture, Bedding & lighting

Chapter 96

Children Toys, Table & Board Games & Sports Goods

Chapter 97

Pencil Lighter Toiletries

Chapter 98

Paintings Decoratives Sculptures

Chapter 99

Machinery Lab Chemicals Drugs Medicines

Chapter 100


GST Rate Structure

Along the correct HSN and SAC codes, you need to add the correct GST tax rates to your items to ensure your invoices are correct.The GST tax structure has been set as follows:

Tax Rate


0% (NIL)

Zero rate, applied to half of the items in the consumer price index(CPI) basket, such as food grains, cereal and other food essentials.


Cut and semi-polished stones fall under this tax slab. (modified from 3% to 0.25% by the GST Council)


Lower rate, applied to the rest of the items in the CPI basket plus other items of mass consumption.


Standard rate, applied to products such as processed foods and computers.


Products such as capital goods, hair oil, toothpaste and soaps, and industrial intermediaries fall under this tax slab.


Higher rate, applied to luxury items such as small and premium cars, cigarettes and aerated drinks, high end motorcycles, refrigerators and AC's plus other consumer durables.

We hope this article helped you understand more about HSN and SAC codes for your business. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest news on GST. Keep your life easy and let Sleek Bill GST ready billing software handle your invoicing problems.

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GST Explained

GST, short for Goods and Services tax, is a new tax that will be imposed on the sale and purchase of goods and services in India. GST is meant to replace all taxes in India with a single unified tax applied to value addition instead of the total value of the product at each stage in the supply chain.

This method provides credit for the input tax paid on the purchase of goods and services, which can be offset with the tax to be paid on the supply of goods and services. As a result, this reduces the overall manufacturing cost, with the end customer paying less.

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With certain current taxes remaining, the following goods and services will be fully or partially exempted from the GST

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Free movement of goods: Business owners will be able to sell more in other states without having to worry about interstate transaction costs. With GST, the entry tax will be eliminated, which will save time and money spent.

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Currently, there are many indirect taxes that both the state and central governments are collecting on every purchase and sale.

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The GST will follow a similar model with the one before it

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GST will have a 4-tier tax structure

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One of the main reasons for GST being introduced in India is the tax burden that falls both on companies and consumers. With the current tax system, there are multiple taxes added at each stage of the supply chain, without taking credit for taxes paid at previous stages. As a result, the end cost of the product does not clearly show the actual cost of the product and how much tax was applied. This cascading structure is too complex and inefficient.

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For inter-state transactions, the Centre will levy Integrated GST (IGST), which is equal to the average of the CGST and SGST rates. After applying IGST, CGST and SGST credits received from purchases, the seller will then pay the remaining IGST on the added value.

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Businesses with turnover revenue of 20 lakhs and above will have to register and file for GST returns, with a threshold of 10 lakhs for businesses in the north east and hill states.

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A combination of CGST and SGST will be applied to the import of goods and services that come to India. Tax benefits and credits will be given to the state where the imported goods and services are consumed.

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