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Country / Area: Russian Federation

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)It is planned to elaborate a classification on the basis of the United Nations' Central Product Classification (CPC)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?1) No
2) General type services without detailed breakdown, provided in the United Nations' Central Product Classification (CPC), are applied in this classification (VKU VED).
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.1) TN VED CIS structure is identical with Harmonized System
2) VKU VED service structure on the whole is identical but it has no more detailed breakdown provided in the United Nations' classification CPC
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?1) There are 10 digits at TNVED CIS most detailed level, 10 thousand commodity items
2) There are 9 digits at VKU VED most detailed level, more than 200 items
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level. 
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.1) State Custom Committee of the Russian Federation (Государственный таможенный комитет Российской Федерации) - on commodities
2) Goskomstat of Russia - on services
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.Goskomstat of Russia
Myasnitskaya 39
103450 Moscow

Tel.: (7-095) 207-31-86
Fax: (7-095) 207-49-27
E-mail: goncharov@gks.ru
Website: www.gks.ru

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.)TNVED (Commodity Nomenclature of foreign-economic activity) - 01.01.92
TNVED CIS (Commodity Nomenclature of foreign-economic activity in Commonwealth of Independent States) - 01.01.96 which is currently used
VKU VED (Temporary classification of services in foreign-economic activity) - 1991
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.It is planned revision of the Temporary classification of services in foreign-economic activity (VKU VED) on the basis of United Nations' Central Product Classification (CPC).
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.This classification is used in foreign-economic activity; there is a wide circle of users of the information.
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.)1) There are 4 digits on the most detailed level, for number of items are 6-9 digits in TN VED CIS, used for items of exports/imports commodity volumes.
2) VKU VED is used for exports/imports service volumes.
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?Statistical data (on exports/imports commodity and service volumes) are published in information bulletins on statistics, Russian and international collections.
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 Russian
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?There exists the conversion key in electronic form from TN VED CIS to OKP (Russian products classification)
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)The explanations for TN VED CIS have been elaborated.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNo problems arose during the application period of the classification TN VED CIS.
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))To organize meetings for consultations, training, and assistance in arranging of pilot surveys.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Among the users are the State Custom Committee of the Russian Federation, the Russian Ministry of economic development and trade, Bank of Russia and other ministries and bodies.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Russian products classification (OKP)
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? 
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)? 
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) 
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 classification 
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryТоварная номенклатура внешнеэкономической деятельности (ТН ВЕД СНГ)

Временный классификатор услуг во внешнеэкономической деятельности (ВКУ ВЕД)

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