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National Classifications


(BEC)

Country / Area: Poland

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)Does not apply
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?The Foreign Trade Classification of Goods by Broad Economic Categories is the translation of BEC.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Classification includes 19 basic categories. Each BEC category faces the final destination of commodity placed in particular position and is described by divisions, groups, subgroups and positions of the SITC Rev.3. Each position of SITC Rev.3 is attributed to the whole category of BEC.
 
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?Same as in the Classification by Broad Economic Categories Rev. III
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.The Foreign Trade Classification of Goods by Broad Economic Categories is the translation of BEC.
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Główny Urząd Statystyczny (the Central Statistical Office of Poland).
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 Department of Economic Statistics
Secretary: +48 22 608 3127
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.GUS website: http://www.stat.gov.pl
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.)Since 1997 it is used internally in statistics.
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.No
 
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.Classification is used in statistics and is meant for internal use there, in the foreign trade statistics to group data from imports for analytic purposes and for the elaboration of data for national accounts needs.
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.)Data referring to foreign trade.
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?Data on commercial turnover with foreign countries.
 
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.)In Polish.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.No
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)Yes
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNone
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))No
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Also used for economic analysis and market research.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?None
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.It does not apply.
 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?It does not apply
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?It does not apply.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?It does not apply.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?It does not apply.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)It does not apply.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?-
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationIt does not apply.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryThe Foreign Trade Classification of Goods by Broad Economic Categories

Source: UN questionnaire, 01/04/2003