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National Classifications

輸出統計品目表 / 実行関税率表
([ESS / CTS])

Country / Area: Japan

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)Export : 輸出統計品目表/EXPORT STATISTICAL SCHEDULE OF JAPAN
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Export: Japanese only
Import: Japanese and English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Export (Japanese): http://www.customs.go.jp/yusyutu/2012/index.htm
Import (English): http://www.customs.go.jp/english/tariff/2012_4/index.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?Export: 21 sections, 96 chapters, 1,223 headings, 5,204 sub-headings, 6,383 statistical codes.
Import: 21 sections, 96 chapters, 1,223 headings, 5,204 sub-headings, 9,366 statistical codes.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Six digits from the top of the export and import statistical codes are equal to HS and additional 3 digits are added due to national needs.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.HS (The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System)
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)Six digits from the top of the export and import statistical codes are equal to HS and additional 3 digits are added due to national needs.
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.Japan doesn’t adopt the heading 27.16 (electrical energy). (27.16 is an optional code.)
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 the HS six digits level.
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.We use the HS.
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.It is used for surveys at statistical code level, and anyone is available.
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.)Customs
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
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.) January 1, 1988.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Not applicable.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?We revise 3 digits from the last, due to national needs almost every year.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Same name (however, it is identical to another international standard and has different structure.)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsIt links to Customs Co-operation Council Nomenclature(CCCN).
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))4-digits from the top are same to CCCN and 3-digits are added due to national needs.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?It is same to conversion table between HS and CCCN.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?We used it from 1961.
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)?It does not need, because they are the same.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?There is not alternative classification.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)It is available in html format.
Export (Japanese): http://www.customs.go.jp/yusyutu/2012/index.htm
Import (English): http://www.customs.go.jp/english/tariff/2012_4/index.htm
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?No
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationMatters relating to classification of goods in tariff, Customs Clearance Division, Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiry3-1-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 100-8940
e-mail : mailcust@mof.go.jp
website : http://www.customs.go.jp
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNone, in particular.

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/12/2012