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National Classifications

Kombinierte Nomeklatur
(KN)

Country / Area: Austria

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)Kombinierte Nomeklatur, Combined Nomenclature (KN)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?The structure and explanatory notes are available in German and in English language, the correspondence table ÖCPA (Austrian version of classification of products by activity) - CN is only available in German language.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.German: http://www.statistik.at/KDBWeb/kdb.do?FAM=ALLE&&NAV=DE&&KDBtoken=null

English: http://www.statistik.at/KDBWeb/kdb.do?FAM=ALLE&&KDBtoken=null

 
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?The structure is the same as in CN:
First level: section coded with Roman numerals
Second level: Chapter identified by two-digit numerical code
Third level: headings identified by four-digit numerical code
Fourth level: HS headings identified by six-digit numerical code
Fifth level: CN subheadings identified by eight-digit numerical code
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.The coding is the same as in CN.
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.This classification is identical with CN.
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 structure is identical.
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.There are no deviations.
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 are reported on the fifth level (eight-digit numerical code).
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. 
 
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.This classification is used for foreign trade surveys. Data are collected at the last level and data are reported on the second level.
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.) 
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? 
 
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.)CN was adopted in 1995.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.CN was adopted in 1995.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?If HS is revised, CN will be revised too. Updates are done in CN annually.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Österreichisches HS, Austrian version of Harmonized System.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsHS and an Austrian special breakdown (9 digit level)
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))It had the same levels as HS 1988 and one special breakdown.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?1988.
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?There exists explanatory notes in German and in English language, an alphabetical index exists in German language.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?No need, because the structure is the same.
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)Available in pdf, Excel and csv format
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes.
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationSTATISTICS AUSTRIA - Registers, classifications and methods division
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquirySTATISTICS AUSTRIA
Federal Institution under Public Law
Guglgasse 13
A-1110 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (1) 71128 0
office@statistik.gv.at
http://www.statistik.at/KDBWeb/kdb.do?FAM=GUETER&&KDBtoken=null
 
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 05/09/2012