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National Classifications


Country / Area: Singapore

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)Not applicable
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Not applicable
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The structure is identical to the international standard except Chapter 98, which is created to cater our national needs.
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?The number of tariff lines in the national classification is 5,859.
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.Singapore Customs and Excise Department and Singapore Trade Development Board
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)Mr Aloysius Ler
Email address: aloysius@tdb.gov.sg
Fax No. (65) 337 6898/ 3376838
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.Singapore Trade Development Board
230 Victoria Street #07-00
Bugis Junction Office Tower
Singapore 188024
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.)Brussel Tariff Nomenclature (BTN) implemented on 1 January 1975.
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.Plan to revise the present international basis classification based on the WCO’s recommendations for implementation in the year 2002.
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.There is no other user who uses the classification for statistical purposes.
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.)Singapore External Trade and the most detailed level is by item (9-digit)
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?Singapore Trade Statistics, Imports and Exports publication.
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)Yes
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsYes. Interpretation of the classification of products.
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))Sometimes the assistance of WCO is sought especially when there is a dispute in product classification and WTO on matters relating to tariff and trade.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes, for tariff purpose.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Singapore Customs and Excise Department.
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.The Singapore Department of Statistics uses the SITC (Rev 3) as the basis for the collection of price data to be used for the compilation of export, import, manufactured products and domestic supply price indices.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Not applicable
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)Not applicable
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Not applicable
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNot applicable

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