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National Classifications

Harmonized System (National Version)
(HS 2012)

Country / Area: Kuwait

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)Harmonized System(HS2012 National Version)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Arabic and English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes for custom administration
 
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?8 digit level, first 6 digits corresponding with HS2012 codes.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.
HS2012 International
0302.44Mackerel (Scomber scombrus, Scomber australasicus, Scomber japonicus)
HS 2012 National version
0302.44.10Mackerel (King fish, soitted soabusg mackerel)
0302.44.20Indian mackerel
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes
HS
SITC Rev3
SITC Rev4
ISIC Rev3.1
ISIC Rev4
BEC4
CPC Rev2
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)Have additional level (2 more digits for national purposes) for HS.
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.No difference for first 6 digits.
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.)6 digits level for international comparison and 8 digits level data are available for national purposes.
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.Link available
 
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.Foreign Trade Statistics
Economic surveys
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.)Customs uses same classification (HS)
Ministry of Commerce
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.)National version of HS2012 classification is used both Customs and CSB when it is published by WCO and UNSD.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.HS2012-Foreign Trade Statistics in 2013.
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)National version of HS2007
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsSITC Rev3
SITC Rev4
ISIC Rev3.1
ISIC Rev4
BEC4
CPC Rev2
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))Same with HS2012.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?In 2010 (HS 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.Until 2012 data, the former classification was used, for 2013 data will be published by HS2012.
 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes, at Customs (HS)
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)? 
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)Excel
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes (as Excel and Oracle table).
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationGeneral Administration of Customs. (HS)
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryGeneral Administration of Customs
Postal Code M.B 16 Safat 13001 - Kuwait Tel: 24843490(965) Fax: (965)24838056
 
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 08/09/2013