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Commodity Codes (HS Codes) in POS

I need help on entering Commodity Codes in desktop QB POS.  When I ship international, I am having to manually enter the commodity code for each item I am shipping.  Is there a way to have each item I sell already have a commodity code assigned so when I go into shipping manager it automatically pulls the code across for each item in that order?  Any help is greatly appreciated! 

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QuickBooks Team

Commodity Codes (HS Codes) in POS

Yes, there is, @bemadeinc.


You’ll want to edit the item and add a Commodity Codes. Let me guide you on how to do it in your QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) Point of Sale (POS):


  1. Go to the Lists menu.
  2. Click Item list from the list.
  3. Select and right-click on the item you want to add the codes to and select Edit item.
  4. From the Tax code drop-down select Add new1.JPG
  5. Enter the Commodity Codes from the Tax Code window and click OK.
  6. Click OK again to save the changes made on the item.

Once done, you won’t have to manually enter those codes when shipping the item.


Additionally, in case you need to learn some pointers in managing your QBDT POS. I encourage checking out our QuickBooks Support page for reference. Here, you can read some of the articles that can guide you in your future tasks.


You're always welcome to leave a reply in this thread whenever you need assistance in managing your item list. Have a great day ahead and take care!

Level 1

Commodity Codes (HS Codes) in POS

JasroV:  Thank you for your reply!  When I go into edit my item, I only have two choices under the Tax drop-down.  It does not give me the option to Add new.  Thank you and I await your response!

QuickBooks Team

Commodity Codes (HS Codes) in POS

Let's run the verify and rebuild the data tool, @bemadeinc.


This tool helps you identify the cause of this inability to create tax codes and resolve it. I can guide you on how to do it.

  1. Close the QuickBooks windows.verify1.PNG
  2. Go to the File menu.
  3. Select Utilities.
  4. Choose Verify Data.



If you see your data has lost integrity, this indicates that there is data damage in the file.  You can continue to Rebuild Data to correct the problem.

  1. Go to the File menu.
  2. Pick Utilities.
  3. Choose Rebuild Data.
    • You'll be prompted to backup your company file. This will ensure you have a secured copy of your company file before any changes are made to it.
  4. Once the backup is finished, the Rebuild Data utility starts. 
  5. Select OK when you get the message "Rebuild has completed".

Once completed, close QuickBooks to make sure that all components are updated. Now, you can try adding tax codes again. Here's how:


  1. Go to the Edit menu.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. In the Preferences window, select the Sales Tax menu.
  4. Choose the Company Preferences tab.
  5. Pick Yes to turn on sales tax.
  6. In the Customer and Supplier Tax Codes, mark both checkboxes to allow you to assign a tax code to each customer and supplier.
  7. Change how the sales tax is displayed on forms.
  8. Set sales tax defaults for items.
  9. In the Assign Sales Tax Codes area, select the tax code you use most often for both Taxable and Non-taxable items. 

You can read through this article for more detailed steps: Set up sales tax in QuickBooks Desktop


Always feel free to leave your comments below if you have other questions. I'm always here to help.

Level 1

Commodity Codes (HS Codes) in POS

Thank you for the info but I am not sure this is what I need.  You sent instructions for Quickbooks not desktop Quickbooks POS.  I read through what you sent and it appears to be for Quickbooks.  Please let me know if there is a way to assign commodity codes in desktop POS 18.0.  Or, do I have to make changes in the Quickbooks to be able to add commodity codes in my POS.  Thank you for all of your help!

QuickBooks Team

Commodity Codes (HS Codes) in POS

Thank you for additional information, @bemadeinc.


I’ve read the whole thread and I observe that you have already performed the troubleshooting steps given by my colleague JasroV. To address this concern right away, I recommend contacting our support team. They have the tools where you can have a screen sharing in a safe environment and help you add Commodity codes In QuickBooks.


Here’s how:


  1. Login to your QuickBooks Desktop and click the Help tab on the upper right.
  2. Select QuickBooks Desktop Help.
  3. In the Have a Question window, click the Contact Us link. Then, select any topics.
  4. Under Here's how to connect with a QuickBooks expert section, click the Get Phone Number button.


Please note that we've made some changes to our support options for QuickBooks Desktop. Our representatives are available through chat or messaging to accommodate all our customer's concerns effectively.


You can also use this link where you can search for an article if you need information or procedures while using QuickBooks Desktop: Help article


Leave a comment below if you have any other questions. Take care!

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