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Combined Nomenclature

Country / Area: Bulgaria

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)Republic of Bulgaria, as a member state of the European Union (EU), applies Combined nomenclature (CN) of the EU. CN is a goods nomenclature that meets at one and the same time, the requirements of the Common Customs Tariff, the external trade statistics of the Community and other Community policies concerning the importation or exportation of goods and shall be established by the European Commission.

OJ is available free in Internet at EU site, which provides free access to European Union law and other documents considered to be public. This website is available in 23 official languages of the European Union and the address is: http://eur-lex.europa.eu.

1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Bulgarian
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Information about CN could be found in the European Commision site: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/customs/customs_duties/tariff_aspects/combined_nomenclature/index_en.htm.
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?Level 1: sections coded by Roman numerals;
Level 2: chapters identified by two-digit numerical codes;
Level 3: headings identified by four-digit numerical codes;
Level 4: HS subheadings identified by six-digit numerical codes;
Level 5: CN subheadings identified by eight-digit numerical codes
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Level 1: I;
Level 2: 01;
Level 3: 0101;
Level 4: 0101 10;
Level 5: 0101 10 10.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe. 
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.)Exports and imports of goods - all levels can be reported.
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.Not applicable.
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.NSI - exports and imports of goods - classification is used for data collection at level 5 and for data publishing at all levels.

Customs Agency - exports and imports of goods - classification is used for data collection at level 5 and the data is provided to the users using the classification.

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.) 
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?There is no alternative classification.
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.)CN is adopted with Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff. CN is based on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System of the World Customs Organization and comprise Community subdivisions to that nomenclature, referred to as 'CN subheadings' in those cases where a corresponding rate of duty is specified.

The amendments in CN are adopted according to procedure, laid down in Article 10 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87.

The European Commission adopt each year, a regulation reproducing the complete version of the Combined Nomenclature, together with the rates of duty, as resulting from measures adopted by the Council or the Commission. The said Regulation shall be published not later than 31 October in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) and it shall apply from 1 January of the following year.

CN for year 2012 is adopted with Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1006/2011 of 27 September 2011 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff.

5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Exports and imports of goods since 01.01.2012.
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) 
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classifications 
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)) 
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification? 
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented? 
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.Not applicable.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?The aid for the interpretation of the CN are Explanatory Notes to the CN. They are published in series C of the OJ, in accordance with Article 9(1) of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2658/87.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Not applicable.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not applicable.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Not applicable.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, PDF.
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 classificationCustoms Agency
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryCustoms Agency
47, Rakovski Str., 1202 Sofia, Bulgaria
Website: http://www.customs.bg/bg/
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/14/2012