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主要服務組別 / Major Service Group

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: 主要服務組別
English: Major Service Group (MSG)
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.Appendix B of the Report on Hong Kong Trade in Services Statistics
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?4 levels, namely 6 Major Service Groups, 26 Service Groups, 51 Service Items and 95 Service Sub-items. The first 3 levels are for data publishing.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.1 Transportation services
12 Air transport
123 Air transport, others
1231 Aircraft chartering services with operators
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Developed mainly with reference to the Extended Balance of Payments Services (EBOPS) 2002 Classification and with suitable adaptations to meet local situation.
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)Except for some aggregations, additional breakdowns and different classification approach under selected Major Service Groups, most of the Major Service Groups, Service Groups and Service Items can be directly mapped with the corresponding EBOPS components.
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.Minor differences exist in assigning the level of classification and determining the level of detailed breakdowns and the classification approach in view of the practical difficulties of respondents in providing data according to the required level of details and the significance of individual service items in terms of their trade values.
Types of deviations include:
i. Aggregations (e.g. “Construction services” instead of “Construction abroad” and “Construction in the compiling economy”).
ii. Additional breakdowns (e.g. “Ship chartering”, “Investment banking services”,
iii. Different classification approach (e.g. “Travel services” with breakdowns by types of visitors such as civilian visitors, service visitors and transit passengers instead of the purpose of the visits such as business and personal).
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.)Trade in services statistics of Hong Kong are also compiled and released based on first and second level of EBOPS 2002 classification for international comparison.

Trade in services statistics of Hong Kong have been provided to OECD for release on
http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?datasetcode=TIS based on EBOPS 2002 Classification.

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.Data collection, compilation, dissemination and analysis of trade in services statistics of Hong Kong.

Service Sub-item level is used for data collection while Service Item and above levels are used for data publishing.

Major Service Group level is used for publishing exports and imports of services figures in the context of Gross Domestic Product.

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.)Commerce and Economic Development Bureau & Trade and Industry Department – trade policy formulation and trade negotiations.

Mainly used within Government for economic analysis in the context of Gross Domestic Product.

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?Not available.
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.)1995.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.1995.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?It is planned to adopt EBOPS 2010 Classification when releasing trade in services statistics for 2011 in early 2013.

The Major Service Group Classification (developed mainly with reference to EBOPS 2010 Classification) will be used in releasing and analysing the services trade components of Gross Domestic Product and Balance of Payments statistics of Hong Kong.

5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Nil.
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.Not applicable.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Report on Hong Kong Trade in Services Statistics

Feature Article on Trade in Services of Hong Kong

6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Not available.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not available.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Not available.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, in PDF.
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 classificationTrade in Services Statistics Section,
Sectoral Economic Statistics Branch (2),
Census and Statistics Department
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryTrade in Services Statistics Section,
Sectoral Economic Statistics Branch (2),
Census and Statistics Department,
21/F, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2802 1350
E-mail: tis@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