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National Classifications

Principal Commodity Code

Country / Area: Japan

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)Principal Commodity Code
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Japanese and English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.http://www.customs.go.jp/toukei/sankou/code/code_e.htm
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?5 levels (8-digit codes)
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level."Principal Commodity" means the item grouped with the same kinds/types of several 9-digit commodities. (The 9-digit statistical code consists of 6-digit HS code and 3-digit domestic code.)
Examples : http://www.customs.go.jp/toukei/sankou/code/code_e.htm
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) .
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)"Principal Commodity" means the item grouped with the same kinds/types of several 9-digit commodities. (The 9-digit statistical code consists of 6-digit HS code and 3-digit domestic code.)
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.Evident information is unavailable now.
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.)Evident information is unavailable now.
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.The code is used in publications of the Trade Statistics in order to grasp the outline of trade. Users are able to access the database on our website. (http://www.customs.go.jp/toukei/srch/indexe.htm)
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.)Such information is not available at present.
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?Such information is not available at present.
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.)1988~
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.1988~
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?None, in particular.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Evident information is unavailable now.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsEvident information is unavailable now.
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))Evident information is unavailable now.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Evident information is unavailable now.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Evident information is unavailable now.
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?No
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?Yes
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes. Format : HTML
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Format : HTML
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationTrade Statistics Section, Post Clearance Audit, Investigation and Intelligence Division, Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiry 3-1-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 100-8940
e-mail : mailcust@mof.go.jp
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNone, in particular.

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/12/2012