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香港標準國際貿易分類(貿易分類) / Hong Kong Standard International Trade Classification

Country / Area: China, Hong Kong SAR

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)Chinese: 香港標準國際貿易分類(貿易分類)
English: Hong Kong Standard International Trade Classification (HKSITC)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Chinese and English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Publications, namely Hong Kong Merchandise Trade Statistics Classification, provide details of the classification list of HKSITC. It can be downloaded from the website of Census and Statistics Department (C&SD). The URL is as follows:
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?HKSITC is a 5-digit coding system which is structured into 4 levels including 10 Sections, 67 Divisions,
263 Groups and 2 972 Items. The first digit denotes the ‘Section’; the first two digits denote the ‘Division’, the first three digits denote the ‘Group’ and the entire five digits denote the ‘Item’.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.For example, snakes are classified as item 001 90 (Live animals, n.e.s.) in group no. 001 (Live animals other than animals of division 03), which is under division 00 (Live animals other than animals of division 03) in section 0 (Food and live animals).
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.HKSITC is based on the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC) recommended by the United Nations.
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)The classification structure of HKSITC is identical to the international standard.
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.Not applicable. It is no deviation from the international standard.
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.)Data can be reported at same SITC level for international comparison.
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.The Hong Kong Standard International Trade Classification (HKSITC) is used for the dissemination of trade statistics in form of publications. Statistics on external merchandise trade are published at HKSITC 5-digit level while statistics on cargo statistics are published at HKSITC 1-digit level.
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.)Nil.
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?No other alternative classifications for publication of trade statistics. However, another classification namely Hong Kong Harmonized System (HKHS) has been in use for trade declaration purposes. These two sets of classification serve different purposes.
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.)Official adoption of the classification in Hong Kong is 1 January 1953.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Same date as Q5(a).
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Updating of HKSITC would be based on the further revision of SITC by the United Nations.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Not applicable.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNot applicable.
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))Not applicable.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Not applicable.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Not applicable.
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.Statistical data are not collected or published according to the former classification.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?No.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Not applicable. HKSITC fully complies with the SITC.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Correspondence tables between HKHS and HKSITC are available. These two classifications serve different purposes.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No such provision.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, it is available in PDF format. It can be downloaded free of charge from the C&SD website (www.censtatd.gov.hk).
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes. The correspondence tables are available in PDF format free of charge from the C&SD website.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationTrade Classification Section,
Trade Statistics Branch (1),
Census and Statistics Department
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryTrade Classification Section,
Trade Statistics Branch (1),
Census and Statistics Department,
17/F, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 3178 8933
Fax: (852) 2824 2782
E-mail: trade-declaration@censtatd.gov.hk
Website: www.censtatd.gov.hk
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNil.

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/10/2012