Guidance

Package type codes for data element 6/9 of CDS

Use appendix 18 to find codes for data element 6/9 of the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) when importing to the UK.

The package type code of the smallest external packing unit is to be declared according to UN/ECE Recommendation 21.

Numerical and A-Z List

Numerical codes A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Numerical codes

Code Name Further guidance
43 Bag, super bulk A cloth, plastic, or paper based bag with the same dimensions of the pallet it is constructed on.
44 Bag, polybag A type of plastic bag, typically used to wrap promotional pieces, publications, product samples and catalogues.
1A Drum, steel  
1B Drum, aluminium  
1D Drum, plywood  
1F Container, flexible A packaging container of flexible construction.
1G Drum, fibre  
1W Drum, wooden  
2C Barrel, wooden  
3A Jerrican, steel  
3H Jerrican, plastic  
4A Box, steel  
4B Box, aluminium  
4C Box, natural wood  
4D Box, plywood  
4F Box, reconstituted wood  
4G Box fibreboard  
4H Box, plastic  
5H Bag, woven plastic  
5L Bag, textile  
5M Bag, paper  
6H Composite packaging, plastic receptacle  
6P Composite packaging, glass receptacle  
7A Case, car A type of portable container designed to store equipment for carriage in an automobile.
7B Case, wooden A case made of wood for retaining substances or articles.
8A Pallett, wooden A platform or open-ended box, made of wood, on which goods are retaied for ease of mechanical handling during transport and storage.
8B Crate, wooden A receptacle, made of wood, on which goods are retained for ease of mechanical handling during transport and storage.
8C Bundle, wooden Loose or unpacked pieces of wood tied or wrapped together.

A

Code Name Further guidance
AA Intermediate bulk container, rigid plastic  
AB Receptacle, fibre Containment vessel made of fibre used for retaining substances or articles.
AC Receptacle, paper Containment vessel made of paper for retaining substances or articles.
AD Receptacle, wooden Containment vessel made of wood for retaining substances or articles.
AE Aerosol  
AF Pallet, modular, collars 80cm x 60cm Standard sized pallet of dimensions 80 centimetres (cm) by 60cm.
AG Pallet, shrinkwrapped Pallet load secured with transparent plastic film that has been wrapped around and then shrunk tightly.
AH Pallet, 100cm x 110cm Standard sized pallet of dimensions 100cm by 110cm.
AI Clamshell  
AJ Cone Container used in the transport of linear material such as yarn.
AL Ball A spherical containment vessel for retaining substances or articles.
AM Ampoule, non-protected  
AP Ampoule, protected  
AT Atomizer  
AV Capsule  

B

Code Name Further guidance
B4 Belt A band used to retain multiple articles together.
BA Barrel  
BB Bobbin  
BC Bottlecrate / bottlerack  
BD Board  
BE Bundle  
BF Balloon, non-protected  
BG Bag A receptacle made of flexible material with an open or closed top.
BH Bunch  
BI Bin  
BJ Bucket  
BK Basket  
BL Bale, compressed  
BM Basin  
BN Bale, non-compressed  
BO Bottle, non-protected, cylindrical A narrow-necked cylindrical shaped vessel without external protective packing material.
BP Balloon, protected  
BQ Bottle, protected cylindrical A narrow-necked cylindrical shaped vessel with external protective packing material.
BR Bar  
BS Bottle, non-protected, bulbous A narrow-necked bulb shaped vessel without external protective packing material.
BT Bolt  
BU Butt  
BV Bottle, protected bulbous A narrow-necked bulb shaped vessel with external protective packing material.
BW Box, for liquids  
BX Box  
BY Board, in bundle/bunch/truss  
BZ Bars, in bundle/bunch/truss  

C

Code Name Further guidance
CA Can, rectangular  
CB Crate, beer  
CC Churn  
CD Can, with handle and spout  
CE Creel  
CF Coffer  
CG Cage  
CH Chest  
CI Canister  
CJ Coffin  
CK Cask  
CL Coil  
CM Card A flat package usually made of fibreboard from/to which product is often hung or attached.
CN Container, not otherwise specified as transport equipment  
CO Carboy, non-protected  
CP Carboy, protected  
CQ Cartridge Package containing a charge such as propelling explosive for firearms or ink toner for a printer.
CR Crate  
CS Case  
CT Carton  
CU Cup  
CV Cover  
CW Cage, roll  
CX Can, cylindrical  
CY Cylinder  
CZ Canvas  

D

Code Name Further guidance
DA Crate, multiple layer, plastic  
DB Crate, multiple layer, wooden  
DC Crate, multiple layer, cardboard  
DG Cage, Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP)  
DH Box, Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP), Eurobox A box mounted on a pallet base under the control of CHEP.
DI Drum, iron  
DJ Demijohn, non-protected  
DK Crate, bulk, cardboard  
DL Crate, bulk, plastic  
DM Crate, bulk, wooden  
DN Dispenser  
DP Demijohn, protected  
DR Drum  
DS Tray, one layer no cover, plastic  
DT Tray, one layer no cover, wooden  
DU Tray, one layer no cover, polystyrene  
DV Tray, one layer no cover, cardboard  
DW Tray, two layers no cover, plastic tray  
DX Tray, two layers no cover, wooden  
DY Tray, two layers no cover, cardboard  

E

Code Name Further guidance
EC Bag, plastic  
ED Case, with pallet base  
EE Case, with pallet base, wooden  
EF Case, with pallet base, cardboard  
EG Case, with pallet base, plastic  
EH Case, with pallet base, metal  
EI Case, isothermic  
EN Envelope  

F

Code Name Further guidance
FB Flexibag A flexible containment bag made of plastic, typically for the transportation of bulk non-hazardous cargoes using standard size shipping containers.
FC Crate, fruit  
FD Crate, framed  
FE Flexitank A flexible containment tank made of plastic, typically for the transportation of bulk non-hazardous cargoes using standard size shipping containers.
FI Firkin  
FL Flask  
FO Footlocker  
FP Filmpack  
FR Frame  
FT Foodtainer  
FW Cart, flatbed Wheeled flat bedded device on which trays or other regular shaped items are packed for transportation purposes.
FX Bag, flexible container  

G

Code Name Further guidance
GB Bottle, gas A narrow-necked metal cylinder for retention of liquefied or compressed gas.
GI Girder  
GL Container, gallon A container with a capacity of one gallon.
GR Receptacle, glass Containment vessel made of glass for retaining substances or articles.
GU Tray, containing horizontally stacked flat items Tray containing flat items stacked on top of one another.
GY Bag, gunny A sack made of gunny or burlap, used for transporting coarse commodities, such as grains, potatoes, and other agricultural products.
GZ Girders, in bundle/bunch/truss  

H

Code Name Further guidance
HA Basket, with handle, plastic  
HB Basket, with handle, wooden  
HC Basket, with handle, cardboard  
HG Hogshead  
HN Hanger A purposely shaped device with a hook at the top for hanging items from a rail.
HR Hamper  

I

Code Name Further guidance
IA Package, display, wooden  
IB Package, display, cardboard  
IC Package, display, plastic  
ID Package, display, metal  
IE Package, show  
IF Package, flow A flexible tubular package or skin, possibly transparent, often used for containment of foodstuffs (e.g. salami sausage).
IG Package, paper wrapped  
IH Drum, plastic  
IK Package, cardboard, with bottle grip-holes Packaging material made out of cardboard that facilitates the separation of individual glass or plastic bottles.
IL Tray, rigid, lidded stackable (CEN TS 14482:2002) Lidded stackable rigid tray compliant with CEN TS 14482:2002.
IN Ingot  
IZ Ingots, in bundle/bunch/truss  

J

Code Name Further guidance
JB Bag, jumbo A flexible containment bag, widely used for storage, transportation and handling of powder, flake or granular materials. Typically constructed from woven polypropylene (PP) fabric in the form of cubic bags.
JC Jerrican, rectangular  
JG Jug  
JR Jar  
JT Jutebag  
JY Jerrican, cylindrical  

K

Code Name Further guidance
KG Keg  
KI Kit A set of articles or implements used for a specific purpose.

L

Code Name Further guidance
LE Luggage A collection of bags, cases and/or containers which hold personal belongings for a journey.
LG Log  
LT Lot  
LU Lug A wooden box for the transportation and storage of fruit or vegetables.
LV Liftvan A wooden or metal container used for packing household goods and personal effects.
LZ Logs, in bundle/bunch/truss  

M

Code Name Further guidance
MA Crate, metal Containment box made of metal for retaining substances or articles.
MB Bag, multiply  
MC Crate, milk  
ME Container, metal A type of containment box made of metal for retaining substances or articles, not otherwise specified as transport equipment.
MR Receptacle, metal Containment vessel made of metal for retaining substances or articles.
MS Sack, multi-wall  
MT Mat  
MW Receptacle, plastic wrapped Containment vessel wrapped with plastic for retaining substances or articles.
MX Matchbox  

N

Code Name Further guidance
NA Not available  
NE Unpacked or unpackaged  
NF Unpacked or unpackaged, single unit  
NG Unpacked or unpackaged, multiple units  
NS Nest  
NT Net  
NU Net, tube, plastic  
NV Net, tube, textile  

O

Code Name Further guidance
OA Pallet, CHEP 40cm x 60cm Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP) standard pallet of dimensions 40cm x 60cm.
OB allet, CHEP 80cm x 120cm Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP) standard pallet of dimensions 80cm x 120cm.
OC Pallet, CHEP 100cm x 120cm Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP) standard pallet of dimensions 100cm x 120cm.
OD Pallet, AS 4068-1993 Australian standard pallet of dimensions 115.5cm x 116.5cm.
OE Pallet, ISO T11 ISO standard pallet of dimensions 110cm x 110cm, prevalent in Asia - Pacific region.
OF Platform, unspecified weight or dimension A pallet equivalent shipping platform of unknown dimensions or unknown weight.
OK Block A solid piece of a hard substance, such as granite, having one or more flat sides.
OT Octabin A standard cardboard container of large dimensions for storing for example vegetables, granules of plastics or other dry products.
OU Container, outer A type of containment box that serves as the outer shipping container, not otherwise specified as transport equipment.

P

Code Name Further guidance
P2 Pan A shallow, wide, open container, usually of metal.
PA Packet Small package.
PB Pallet, box Combined open-ended box and pallet  
PC Parcel  
PD Pallet, modular, collars 80cm x 100cm Standard sized pallet of dimensions 80cm by 100cm.
PE Pallet, modular, collars 80cm x 120cm Standard sized pallet of dimensions 80cm by 120cm.
PF Pen A small open top enclosure for retaining animals.
PG Plate  
PH Pitcher  
PI Pipe  
PJ Punnet  
PK Package Standard packaging unit.
PL Pail  
PN Plank  
PO Pouch  
PP Piece A loose or unpacked article.
PR Receptacle, plastic Containment vessel made of plastic for retaining substances or articles.
PT Pot  
PU Tray  
PV Pipes, in bundle/bunch/truss  
PX Pallet Platform or open-ended box, usually made of wood, on which goods are retained for ease of mechanical handling during transport and storage.
PY Plates, in bundle/bunch/truss  
PZ Planks, in bundle/bunch/truss  

Q

Code Name Further guidance
QA Drum, steel, non-removable head  
QB Drum, steel, removable head  
QC Drum, aluminium, non-removable head  
QD Drum, aluminium, removable head  
QF Drum, plastic, non-removable head  
QG Drum, plastic, removable head  
QH Barrel, wooden, bung type  
QJ Barrel, wooden, removable head  
QK Jerrican, steel, non-removable head  
QL Jerrican, steel, removable head  
QM Jerrican, plastic, non-removable head  
QN Jerrican, plastic, removable head  
QP Box, wooden, natural wood, ordinary  
QQ Box, wooden, natural wood, with sift proof walls  
QR Box, plastic, expanded  
QS Box, plastic, solid  

R

Code Name Further guidance
RD Rod  
RG Ring  
RJ Rack, clothing hanger  
RK Rack  
RL Reel Cylindrical rotatory device with a rim at each end on which materials are wound.
RO Roll  
RT Rednet Containment material made of red mesh netting for retaining articles (e.g. trees).
RZ Rods, in bundle/bunch/truss  

S

Code Name Further guidance
SA Sack  
SB Slab  
SC Crate, shallow  
SD Spindle  
SE Sea-chest  
SH Sachet  
SI Skid A low movable platform or pallet to facilitate the handling and transport of goods.
SK Case, skeleton  
SL Slipsheet Hard plastic sheeting primarily used as the base on which to stack goods to optimise the space within a container. May be used as an alternative to a palletized packaging.
SM Sheetmetal  
SO Spool A packaging container used in the transport of such items as wire, cable, tape and yarn.
SP Sheet, plastic wrapping  
SS Case, steel  
ST Sheet  
SU Suitcase  
SV Envelope, steel  
SW Shrink-wrapped Goods retained in a transparent plastic film that has been wrapped around and then shrunk tightly on to the goods.
SX Set  
SY Sleeve  
SZ Sheets, in bundle/bunch/truss  

T

Code Name Further guidance
T1 Tablet A loose or unpacked article in the form of a bar, block or piece.
TB Tub  
TC Tea-chest  
TD Tube, collapsible  
TE Tyre A ring made of rubber and/or metal surrounding a wheel.
TG Tank container, generic A specially constructed container for transporting liquids and gases in bulk.
TI Tierce  
TK Tank, rectangular  
TL Tub, with lid  
TN Tin  
TO Tun  
TR Trunk  
TS Truss  
TT Bag, tote A capacious bag or basket.
TU Tube  
TV Tube, with nozzle A tube made of plastic, metal or cardboard fitted with a nozzle, containing a liquid or semi-liquid product, e.g. silicon.
TW Pallet, triwall A lightweight pallet made from heavy duty corrugated board.
TY Tank, cylindrical  
TZ Tubes, in bundle/bunch/truss  

U

Code Name Further guidance
UC Uncaged  
UN Unit A type of package composed of a single item or object, not otherwise specified as a unit of transport equipment.

V

Code Name Further guidance
VA Vat  
VG Bulk, gas (at 1031mbar and 15°C)  
VI Vial  
VK Vanpack A type of wooden crate.
VL Bulk, liquid  
VN Vehicle A self-propelled means of conveyance.
VO Bulk, solid, large particles (“nodules”)  
VP Vacuum-packed  
VQ Bulk, liquefied gas (at abnormal temperature/pressure)  
VR Bulk, solid, granular particles (grains)  
VS Bulk, scrap metal Loose or unpacked scrap metal transported in bulk form.
VY Bulk, solid, fine particles (“powders”)  

W

Code Name Further guidance
WA Intermediate bulk container A reusable container made of metal, plastic, textile, wood or composite materials used to facilitate transportation of bulk solids and liquids in manageable volumes.
WB Wickerbottle  
WC Intermediate bulk container, steel  
WD Intermediate bulk container, aluminium  
WF Intermediate bulk container, metal  
WG Intermediate bulk container, steel, pressurised > 10 kpa  
WH Intermediate bulk container, aluminium, pressurised > 10 kpa  
WJ Intermediate bulk container, metal, pressure 10 kpa  
WK Intermediate bulk container, steel, liquid  
WL Intermediate bulk container, aluminium, liquid  
WM Intermediate bulk container, metal, liquid  
WN Intermediate bulk container, woven plastic, without coat/liner  
WP Intermediate bulk container, woven plastic, coated  
WQ Intermediate bulk container, woven plastic, with liner  
WR Intermediate bulk container, woven plastic, coated and liner  
WS Intermediate bulk container, plastic film  
WT Intermediate bulk container, textile with out coat/liner  
WU Intermediate bulk container, natural wood, with inner liner  
WV Intermediate bulk container, textile, coated  
WW Intermediate bulk container, textile, with liner  
WX Intermediate bulk container, textile, coated and liner  
WY Intermediate bulk container, plywood, with inner liner  
WZ Intermediate bulk container, reconstituted wood, with inner liner  

X

Code Name Further guidance
XA Bag, woven plastic, without inner coat/liner  
XB Bag, woven plastic, sift proof  
XC Bag, woven plastic, water resistant  
XD Bag, plastics film  
XF Bag, textile, without inner coat/liner  
XG Bag, textile, sift proof  
XH Bag, textile, water resistant  
XJ Bag, paper, multi-wall  
XK Bag, paper, multi-wall, water resistant  

Y

Code Name Further guidance
YA Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in steel drum  
YB Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in steel crate box  
YC Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in aluminium drum  
YD Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in aluminium crate  
YF Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in wooden box  
YG Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in plywood drum  
YH Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in plywood box  
YJ Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in fibre drum  
YK Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in fibreboard box  
YL Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in plastic drum  
YM Composite packaging, plastic receptacle in solid plastic box  
YN Composite packaging, glass receptacle in steel drum  
YP Composite packaging, glass receptacle in steel crate box  
YQ Composite packaging, glass receptacle in aluminium drum  
YR Composite packaging, glass receptacle in aluminium crate  
YS Composite packaging, glass receptacle in wooden box  
YT Composite packaging, glass receptacle in plywood drum  
YV Composite packaging, glass receptacle in wickerwork hamper  
YW Composite packaging, glass receptacle in fibre drum  
YX Composite packaging, glass receptacle in fibreboard box  
YY Composite packaging, glass receptacle in expandable plastic pack  
YZ Composite packaging, glass receptacle in solid plastic pack  

Z

Code Name Further guidance
ZA Intermediate bulk container, paper, multi-wall  
ZB Bag, large  
ZC Intermediate bulk container, paper, multi-wall, water resistant  
ZD Intermediate bulk container, rigid plastic, with structural equipment, solids  
ZF Intermediate bulk container, rigid plastic, freestanding, solids  
ZG Intermediate bulk container, rigid plastic, with structural equipment, pressurised  
ZH Intermediate bulk container, rigid plastic, freestanding, pressurised  
ZJ Intermediate bulk container, rigid plastic, with structural equipment, liquids  
ZK Intermediate bulk container, rigid plastic, freestanding, liquids  
ZL Intermediate bulk container, composite, rigid plastic, solids  
ZM Intermediate bulk container, composite, flexible plastic, solids  
ZN Intermediate bulk container, composite, rigid plastic, pressurised  
ZP Intermediate bulk container, composite, flexible plastic, pressurised  
ZQ Intermediate bulk container, composite, rigid plastic, liquids  
ZR Intermediate bulk container, composite, flexible plastic, liquids  
ZS Intermediate bulk container, composite  
ZT Intermediate bulk container, fibreboard  
ZU Intermediate bulk container, flexible  
ZV Intermediate bulk container, metal, other than steel  
ZW Intermediate bulk container, natural wood  
ZX Intermediate bulk container, plywood  
ZY Intermediate bulk container, reconstituted wood  
ZZ Mutually defined  
Published 1 August 2018