International Family of Classifications


Central Product Classification (CPC) Version 2


Basic Bibliographic Information

Status:
Superseded [The current version is CPC Version 2.1]
Type:
To Be Determined
Citation:
Central Product Classification Version 2, Series M: Miscellaneous Statistical Papers, No. 77 Ver. 2, New York: United Nations. ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/77/VER.2
ISBN:
N/A
Website:
Custodian:
United Nations Statistics Division
Available Formats:
HTML, PDF, Access, Text
Year Adopted:
N/A
Year Published:
2008
Available Languages (besides English):
Français, Español Details...
Français
Classification centrale de produits Ver. 2 (CPC Ver. 2)
Citation:
Classification centrale de produits Ver. 2, Série M: No 77 Ver. 2, New York: Nations Unies. ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/77/VER.2
Español
Clasificación Central de Productos Versión 2 (CPC Ver. 2)
Citation:
Clasificación Central de Productos Ver. 2, Serie M: No. 77 Ver. 2, New York: Naciones Unidas. ST/ESA/STAT/SER.M/77/VER.2
Availability:
Fully available in all of the languages above

Purpose of the Classification

Statistical Domains:
2 Economic statistics
Purpose:
CPC constitutes a comprehensive classification of all goods and services. CPC presents categories for all products that can be the object of domestic or international transactions or that can be entered into stocks. It includes products that are an output of economic activity, including transportable goods, non-transportable goods and services. CPC, as a standard central product classification, was developed to serve as an instrument for assembling and tabulating all kinds of statistics requiring product detail. Such statistics may cover production, intermediate and final consumption, capital formation, foreign trade or prices. They may refer to commodity flows, stocks or balances and may be compiled in the context of input/output tables, balance of payments and other analytical presentations. The CPC classifies products based on the physical characteristics of goods or on the nature of the services rendered. CPC was developed primarily to enhance harmonization among various fields of economic and related statistics and to strengthen the role of national accounts as an instrument for the coordination of economic statistics. It provides a basis for recompiling basic statistics from their original classifications into a standard classification for analytical use.
Main Applications:
N/A
Main Users:
N/A

Methodology

Scope:
N/A
Concept Being Classified:
goods, services
Statistical Units:
products (goods, services)
Main Principles:
N/A
Relationships to Other International Classifications:
Related To:
Major Differences (Scope, Structure, and Concepts):
CPC Ver. 2 - HS 2007

Classification Structure

Definition of Structure:
Level:
Level Name:
Code Format:
Number of Items:
Level 1
Section
0
? items
Level 2
Division
01
? items
Level 3
Group
012
? items
Level 4
Class
0123
? items
Level 5
Subclass
01234
? Items

Revision Information

Chronology of revisions/versions of the classification:
Year Adopted:
Title or Version Number:
Website:
Official Adopting Entity:
UN Statistical Commission
Coordinating Entity:
United Nations Statistical Division
Reason for Latest Revision:
At the core of the revision process were several objectives, namely (a) to reflect in the CPC newly emerging products or products that better reflect changing production patterns; (b) to reflect outputs of newly defined industries of ISIC Revision 4; (c) to take into account the changes in the 2007 edition of the Harmonized Commodity Coding and Description System (HS); (d) to review the product detail necessary for statistics on agriculture, ICT and information products and (e) to review the conceptual basis of CPC, including issues concerning the scope of the classification and the definition of and distinction between goods and services.
Major Changes:
The revision process for the CPC Version 2 was strongly tied to the process for the fourth revision of ISIC.

Supporting Documents

Coding Index Available:
No
Correspondence with Previous Versions:
Version:
Correspondence Table:
Correspondence with Other Classifications:
Classification:
Correspondence Table:
Training Materials and Other Documents:
N/A

Contact Information

Agency / Office:
United Nations Statistics Division
Unit:
Industrial and Energy Statistics Section
Contact Name:
Ralf Becker
Email:
Telephone:
+1 212 963 4600
Fax:
+1 212 963 0623
Address:
United Nations Statistics Division DC2-1414 2 UN Plaza New York, NY 10017