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(HS)

Country / Area: Bahrain

Classification category: Product classifications

 
General information
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.It is identical to the International Classification. The International one consist of 6 digits as maximum, our consist of 8 digits
 
Classification structure
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Not applicable
 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Central Informatics Organization and General Directorate for Customs
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)?
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.?
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.)It was implemented since 1997
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 plans
 
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.It is used only by Customs Directorate in declaration forms
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.)Imports, exports, re-exports and transit 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?Imports, exports, re-exports and transit statistics
 
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.)Arab & English
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?Yes
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Explanatory notes available
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThe main problem faced is putting the correct code for the products specially when the invoices don’t show any codes
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 assistance needed at the present time
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?No Users
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?No alter native Classification
 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Standard International Trade Classification (SITC3)
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 digit
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?1994
 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationImports, exports, re-exports and transit statistics office
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryHarmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonized System)

Source: UN questionnaire, 19/07/2004