HSN codes for printed books, newspapers, pictures



Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry, manuscripts, typescripts and plans


The information provided below about HSN codes are used for GST purpose to classify goods. You may reconfirm with GST authorities whether your product HSN code is classified correctly below. The HSN codes under 02 digits, 04 digits, 06 digits and 08 digits explains and classifies broadly for each section of goods.




1. This Chapter does not cover:

(a) photographic negatives or positives on transparent bases (Chapter 37);

(b) maps, plans or globes, in relief, whether or not printed (heading 9023 00 00);

(c) playing cards or other goods of Chapter 95; or

(d) original engravings, prints or lithographs (heading 9702 00 00), postage or revenue stamps, stamp-postmarks, first-day covers, postal stationery or the like of heading 9704 00 00, antiques of an age exceeding one hundred years or other articles of Chapter 97.

2. For the purposes of Chapter 49, the term "printed" also means reproduced by means of a duplicating machine, produced under the control of an automatic data processing machine, embossed, photographed, photocopied, thermos copied or typewritten.

3. Newspapers, journals and periodicals which are bound otherwise than in paper, and sets of newspapers, journals or periodicals comprising more than one number under a single cover is to be classified in heading 4901 00 00, whether or not containing advertising material.

4. Heading 4901 00 00 also covers:

(a) a collection of printed reproductions of, for example, works of art or drawings, with a relative text, put up with numbered pages in a form suitable for binding into one or more volumes;

(b) a pictorial supplement accompanying, and subsidiary to, a bound volume; and

(c) printed parts of books or booklets, in the form of assembled or separate sheets or signatures, constituting the whole or a part of a complete work and designed for binding. However, printed pictures or illustrations not bearing a text, whether in the form of signatures or separate sheets, fall in heading 4911 00 00.

5. Subject to Note 3 to this Chapter, heading 4901 00 00 does not cover publications which are essentially devoted to advertising (for example, brochures, pamphlets, leaflets, trade catalogues, year books published by trade associations, tourist propaganda). Such publications are to be classified in heading 4911 00 00.

6. The purposes of heading 4903 00 00, the expression "children's picture books" means books for children in which the pictures form the principal interest and the text is subsidiary.

HSN Code Description of goods


HSN code 4901   Printed books,brochures, leaflets and similar printed matter,

whether or not in single sheets

4901 10    -    In single sheets, whether or not folded :           
4901 10 10    ---    Printed books           
4901 10 20    ---    Pamphlets, booklets, brochures, leaflets and           
        similar printed matter           
    -    Other :           
4901 91 00    --    Dictionaries and encyclopaedias, and serial           
        instalments thereof           
4901 99 00    --    Other   



HSN code 4902 Newspapers, journals and periodicals, whether or not

illustrated or containing advertising material

4902 10    -    Appearing at least four times a week           
4902 10 10    ---    Newspapers           
4902 10 20    ---    Journals and periodicals           
4902 90    -    Other :           
4902 90 10    ---    Newspapers           
4902 90 20    ---    Journals and periodicals



HSN code 4903  Children's picture, drawing or colouring books

4903 00    -    Children's picture, drawing or colouring books :           
4903 00 10    ---    Picture books           
4903 00 20    ---    Drawing or colouring books



HSN code 4904 00 00 Music, printed or in manuscript, whether or not bound or




HSN code 4905   Maps and hydrographic or similar charts of all kinds,

including atlases, wall maps, topographical plans and

globes, printed

4905 10 00    -    Globes
    -    Other :
4905 91 00    --    In book form
4905 99    --    Other:
4905 99 10    ---    Geographical, hydrological, astronomical
        maps or charts
4905 99 90    ---  Other


HSN code 4906 00 00 Plans and drawings for architectural, engineering,

industrial, commercial, topographical or similar purposes,

being originals drawn by hand; hand- written texts;

photographic reproductions on sensitised paper and

carbon copies of the foregoing

HSN code 4907   Unused postages, revenue or similar stamps of current or

new issue in the country in which they have, or will have, a

recognized face value; stamp-impressed paper; banknotes;

cheque forms; stock, share or bond certificates and similar

documents of title

4907 00     Unused postages, revenue or similar stamps of current or

new issue in the country in which they have, or will have, a

recognized face value; stamp-impressed paper; banknotes;

cheque forms; stock, share or bond certificates and similar

documents of title

HSN code 4907 00 10 Unused postages, revenue or similar stamps of current or new

issue in the country in which they have, or will have, a recognized face value

HSN code 4907 00 20 Bank notes

HSN code 4907 00 30 Documents of title conveying the right to use Information

Technology software

HSN code 4907 00 90 Other



HSN code 4908  Transfers (decalcomanias)

4908 10 00    -    Transfers (decalcomanias), vitrifiable           
4908 90 00    -    Other   



HSN code 4909 Printed or illustrated postcards; printed cards bearing

personal greetings, messages or announcements, whether

or not illustrated, with or without envelopes or trimmings

4909 00    -    Printed or illustrated postcards; printed cards           
        bearing personal greetings, messages or           
        announcements, whether or not illustrated, with           
        or without envelopes or trimmings :           
4909 00 10    ---    GREETING OR WEDDING CARDS           
4909 00 90    ---    Other



HSN code 4910 00 00 Calendars of any kind, printed, including calendar blocks

4910 00    -    Calendars of any kind, printed, including calendar           
        blocks :           
4910 00 10    ---    Advertising calendar           
4910 00 90    ---    Other



HSN code 4911   Other printed matter, including printed pictures and


HSN code 4911 10 Trade advertising material, commercial catalogues and the


4911 10 10    ---    Posters, printed           
4911 10 20    ---    Commercial catalogues           
4911 10 30    ---    Printed inlay cards           
4911 10 90    ---    Other


HSN code 4911 91 00 Pictures, designs and photographs

4911 99    --    Other :           
4911 99 10    ---    Hard copy (printed) of computer software           
4911 99 20    ---    Plan and drawings for architectural           
        engineering, industrial, commercial,           
        topographical or similar purposes reproduced           
        with the aid of computer or any other devices           
4911 99 90    ---    Other




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