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Indian Trade Classification

Country / Area: India

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)Indian Trade Classification (Harmonised System)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes, http://www.dgciskol.gov.in/
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 present classification is based on the Harmonized System as recommended
by the World Customs Organization (WCO). In the present version, there are 11356
8-digit codes, 5064 6-digit codes and 1225 4-digit codes.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.0101 LIVE HORSES, ASSES, MULES AND HINNIES
010110 Pure-bred breeding animals
01011010 Horses
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Based on the Harmonized System Nomenclature 2007 Edition of the WCO
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)Yes, it is identical at 6-digit level of HS.
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.None
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.)At 6-digit level international comparison can be made.
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.For compilation of the country’s merchandise foreign trade data.
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.)The Central Board of Excise & Customs under the Ministry of Finance also uses this
classification for the purpose of deciding import & export duties.
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?None
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.)Effective from 1st April 2007. However based on the HS nomenclature of 2012 the
Indian Trade Classification has already been revised and adopted by the CBEC
from 1st April 2012.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The CBEC has started using the revised version based on the WCO 2012
nomenclature from 1st April 2012.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?The revised version bases on HS nomenclature 2012 will be adopted in DGCIS
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Indian Trade Classification (Harmonised System) based on the Harmonized
Nomenclature (Version 2003) of WCO
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsProvided as and when revised version is implemented in DGCIS.
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))Provided as and when revised version is implemented in DGCIS.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes, it exists.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?From 1st April 2003
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.No
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Yes
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Not applicable for DGCIS
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Available in PDF and Excel format.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes, correspondences are also available in electronic format.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationCentral Board of Excise & Customs under the Ministry of Finance
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNot available with DGCIS, may be collected from M/o Finance.
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantN/A

Source: UN questionnaire, 10/1/2012