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National Classifications

Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification
(AHECC / HTISC)

Country / Area: Australia

Classification category: Product classifications

 
General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Australian Harmonised Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) and Harmonised Tariff Items Statistical Codes (HTISC) (Also known as "Combined Australian Customs Tariff Nomenclature and Statistical Classification" (Customs Tariff). Note that HTISC is an ABS acronym. The name in the Act is the "Combined")
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes, AHECC can be accessed at the following web address:
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/1233.0

HTISC/Customs Tariff is available on the Customs and Border Protection Services website:
http://www.customs.gov.au/tariff/tariff2012.asp

 
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?Australian imports and exports classifications are based on the HS classification, insofar as the first six digits of both the imports and exports classification are the HS classification.

The exports classification, AHECC, has had two extra digits added to it (1234.56.78). The seventh and eighth digits are referred to as statistical codes or keys. They have been added to the classification to allow further disaggregation of the HS specifically for use in Australia.

The imports classification, HTISC, has had four extra digits added to it (1234.56.78.90). The seventh and eighth digits are referred to as tariff items and the ninth and tenth digit are the statistical codes. The tariff items have been added to the classification to allow separate identification of duty rates. And, the ninth and tenth digits, the statistical codes, allow the further disaggregation of the HS specifically for use in Australia.

2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.See answer to question 2(a) above.
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.The AHECC is based upon the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). The ABS extends the six-digit international HS by two digits to provide a finer level of detail to meet Australian statistical requirements.

Some 6-digit codes with associated 8-digit codes have been added by the ABS to cover non-merchandise, mixed goods, and confidential data.

HTISC/Customs Tariff is also based upon the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). Customs and Border Protection Services extends the six-digit international HS by two digits to provide a finer level of detail to meet requirements to charge differing rates of duty charged on imports. The ABS extends the eight-digit Customs and Border Security codes by two digits to provide a finer level of detail to meet Australian statistical requirements.

Some 6-digit codes with associated 8/10-digit codes have been added by Customs and Border Protection Services and/or the ABS to cover special duty arrangements, non-merchandise, and confidential data.

3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)The classification structure differs from the international standard classification (HS) insofar as the AHECC contains a further level of detail to meet Australian statistical requirements.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.The deviations from the international standard extend only to the extra levels provided to meet Australian statistical requirements.
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)Data can be reported up to the six-digit level in both AHECC and HTISC as per the HS, apart from the 6-digit codes created by the ABS.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.Not applicable.
 
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.The AHECC and HTISC are used to support the International Trade in Goods and Services, the International Merchandise Trade, and the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position publications.
4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)AHECC and HTISC are the classifications used by Customs & Border Protection Service when submitting declarations.

Users take trade data on an AHECC or HTISC basis and submit anti-dumping applications to Customs.

4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?Not applicable.
 
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)January 1, 2012.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The current AHECC became operative on January 1, 2012.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?AHECC/HTISC will be updated after any future revision of the HS.

Changes to 10-digit statistical codes consistent with 6-digit HS codes were made to the HTISC/Customs Tariff on 1 July, 2012. Further changes to the statistical codes are proposed to be introduced on 1 January, 2013. Additional changes will be considered if requested by external agencies.

5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Information about the previous version of AHECC is available at the link below:
http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/1233.0Main+Features1Jan+2007
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsAs per AHECC/HTISC 2012.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))As per AHECC/HTISC 2012.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?January 1, 2007.
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.No.
 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes, explanatory material is available from the link below:
http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/1233.0Main+Features1Jan%202012
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?No.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, all information relating to the AHECC is available in .xls format from the ABS website as detailed below:
http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/1233.0Jan%202012?OpenDocument
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?An electronic file containing links between the AHECC as at 1 January 2012 and previously is available. See Table 2. Key of changes on this page:

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/1233.0Jan%202012?OpenDocument

Electronic files containing changes to the HTISC/Customs Tariff are available on request but an up to date version is not currently available on the ABS website.

 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationAustralian Bureau of Statistics, Balance of Payments and International Trade Section
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryFor further information please contact the National Information and Referral Service by telephone on 1300 135 070.
 
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNot applicable.

Source: UN questionnaire, 22/08/2012