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Country / Area: New Zealand

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)N/A
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?N/A
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The New Zealand Harmonised System Classification is based on the International Harmonised System. At the most detailed level the NZHSC has 4 extra digits, a total of 10 digits, this provides the detail for specifically New Zealand products.
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?As at 1/5/2000 there are 13,041 items at the 10 digit level of the NZHSC.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.The NZHSC is derived from the Tariff of New Zealand which is legally owned by the Ministry of Economic Development and jointly maintained by the Ministry of Economic Development and New Zealand Customs. Statistics New Zealand maintains the NZHSC.
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)Chris Toohey (Manager, Classifications and Standards)
Email: chris_toohey@stats.govt.nz
Fax.: 64 3 374 8723
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.www.stats.govt.nza;
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.)The HS was introduced on 1 January 1988 for both exports and imports statistics. Since then it has been regularly updated as part of the WCO process.
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.International changes are implemented when they are announced by the appropriate international organization and after consultation. The New Zealand Harmonised System classification is updated approximately 6 times each year. These updates are made in response to changes to the Customs Tarriff which are made by the Customs Department.
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.The classification is used as the basis of recording imports and exports of goods. Exporters importers and their agents use the basis of the detailed statistical data that is published.
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 data is provided at the 10-digit level.
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?Trade data is published at the NZHSC 2, 4, 6 AND 10-digit levels. Trade data is also available using the Australian New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 1996 (ANZSIC96), New Zealand Standard Classification of Broad Economic Categories (NZBEC) and Trade Export Classification (TREC). Some customised output is produced using the New Zealand Standard Trade Classification (NZSTC)
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.)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)No
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsYes. In general, new products which have not occurred before, can be difficult to classify. Some examples of these are computers, software and CKs (difficult to find and classify in the tariff).
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))A review of the terminology used in the HS is needed to make the descriptors readable for the layman. It would be useful to have an alphabetic list of products and the HS codes that they are associated with.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes, the classifications are used by:
New Zealand Customs Service;
New Zealand government departments;
importers; exporters; and,
Import and export agents.

New Zealand Customs Service - Customs
Ministry of Economic Development - Setting duty rates.

5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?N/A
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?Imports: New Zealand Statistical Classification of Exports
Exports: New Zealand Statistical Classification of Imports.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?They are based on the Customs Co-operation Council Nomeclature (CCCN)
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?The New Zealand Import and Export Classifications were 9 digit classifications.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Unknown
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)The link is made via the SITC Rev 3 classification.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?1979
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNone

Source: UN/ESCAP questionnaire, 12/1/2000