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National Classifications


(EKN)

Country / Area: Estonia

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) 
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available? 
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.There is one additional level specifying Estonian goods (9 levels), whereas 8 levels are identical with CN
 
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? 
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.See above
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Classification Centre
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)Reet Rang, tel. (372-2) 450 863
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.)1992
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.Each year the EKN is updated according to changes in international basic classification and national needs
 
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.EKN is used for foreign trade statistics and in areas related to these statistics (for example the Balance of Payments)
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.)The basic user is the Custome Office. The data based on EKN is also used in the Bank of Estonia and the Chamber of Commerce. All levels of aggregates are used in foreign trade statistics
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?The levels used depend on the purpose of issues and the problems of confidentiality
 
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.)For each year a new issuer of EKN as publication
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification? 
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)By now it is in the stage of publishing
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsIt is a quite hard work for custom officials to use a wide range of this classification
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))An acquaintance with experience from other countries is very useful
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?All institutions that deal with economic analysis, both of foreign trade and the economy as a whole
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented? 
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. 
 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Before 1992, Estonian statistics used the Soviet classification that was compiled on HS
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)? 
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)? 
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist? 
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML) 
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classification 
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryEstonian Goods Nomenclature

Source: EU/Phare project, 30/10/1998