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National Classifications

Güterverzeichnis für Produktionsstatistiken
(GP 2009)

Country / Area: Germany

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)Güterverzeichnis für Produktionsstatistiken, Ausgabe 2009 (GP 2009); Classification of products for production statistics, edition 2009 (GP 2009)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?German
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.https://www.destatis.de/DE/Methoden/Klassifikationen/GueterWirtschaftklassifikationen/Content75/KlassifikationGP09.html
https://www.klassifikationsserver.de/klassService/jsp/common/content.jsf
 
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 classification is structured as follows:
29 Product divisions (Güterabteilungen)
104 Product groups (Gütergruppen)
245 Product classes (Güterklassen)
592 Product categories (Güterkategorien)
1583 Product subcategories (Güterunterkategorien)
5137 Types of products (Güterarten)
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Product divisions: 05 – 33
Product groups: 051 – 332
Product classes: 0510 – 3320
Product categories: 0510 1 – 3320 7
Product subcategories: 0510 10 – 3320 70
Types of products: 0510 10 300 – 3320 70 009
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.GP 2009 is based on the list of PRODucts of the European COMmunity (PRODCOM list 2008) which follows the structure of the Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Community (CPA 2008). CPA itself is linked with the UN Central Product Classification (CPC Ver. 2) and the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS).
GP 2009 refers to sections B and C of CPA 2008 (or ISIC Rev. 4 respectively).
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 PRODCOM list has been extended by one additional level (nine-digit) for national purposes.
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.Contrary to CPC the national GP 2009 as well as the PRODCOM list and CPA are structured according to the industry of origin of the products.
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 for the items of the PRODCOM list (eight-digit items) as well as for CPA 2008 subcategories and for CPC Ver. 2 subclasses in the area covered.
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.Production statistics: Monthly and quarterly production data (quantity and value, number of enterprises involved).
National Accounts (incl. Input-Output-Tables), Production and Price Indices.
No users outside the Statistical Office known.
Data are collected and published on type of product level (nine-digit 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.)-----
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.2009
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Güterverzeichnis für Produktionsstatistiken, Ausgabe 2002 (GP 2002); Classification of products for production statistics, edition 2002 (GP 2002)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsGP 2002 is based on the list of PRODucts of the European COMmunity (PRODCOM list 2002) which follows the structure of the Statistical Classification of Products by Activity in the European Economic Community (CPA 2002). CPA itself is linked with the UN Central Product Classification (CPC Ver. 1.1) and the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS).
GP 2002 refers to sections C, D and E and a small part of F (prefabricated buildings) of CPA 2002 (or ISIC Rev. 3.1 respectively).
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))The classification is structured as follows:
30 Product divisions (Güterabteilungen)
116 Product groups (Gütergruppen)
206 Product classes (Güterklassen)
564 Product categories (Güterkategorien)
1204 Product subcategories (Güterunterkategorien)
6147 Types of products (Güterarten)
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?2002
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?A few introductory guidelines on division level have been elaborated.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Conversion tables between GP 2009 and the annually changed PRODCOM list (CPA implicitly included) and correspondence tables between GP 2009 and HS (or the European Combined Nomenclature (CN) respectively) are available.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?-----
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Yes (about 44 000 keywords, available in German only)
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, in PDF, XLS, CSV, XML 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 classificationStatistisches Bundesamt (Federal Statistical Office), Wiesbaden
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryhttps://www.destatis.de/EN/Homepage.html
https://www.destatis.de/EN/Service/Contact/Contact.html
https://www.klassifikationsserver.de/klassService/jsp/common/content.jsf
 
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant-----

Source: UN questionnaire, 31/08/2012