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Standard Korean Trade Classification

Country / Area: Korea, Republic of

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)Standard Korean Trade Classification (SKTC)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Korean and English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.http://kostat.go.kr/kssc
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?Standard Korean Trade Classification, Rev.11 is identical to Standard International Trade Classification, Rev. 4.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Section 0 Food and Live Animals
Division 00 Live animals other than animals of division 03
Group 001 Live animals other than animals of division 03
Subgroup 0011 Bovine animals, live
Basic heading 00111 Pure-bred breeding animals
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.As stated above, SKTC, Rev. 11 is identical to SITC, Rev. 4 and it is linked to HS 2007.
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.
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. 
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.) 
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. 
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 Korea International Trade Association (KITA) uses this classification to produce trade statistics and compare them with other trade statistics produced by HS or other statistical standards.
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.) 
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? 
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.)This classification which was adopted in 1964 was updated and revised in 1967, 1971, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1996 and 2005. SKTC, Rev.11 came into force on 11 December 2009 after revision.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes. 
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Standard Korean Trade Classification (SKTC), Rev.10
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsSKTC, Rev.10 was linked to the following classifications: 2002 HS/K, SKTC, Rev.9 and BEC
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))SKTC Rev.10 is divided into 10 sections and then into 67 divisions. The divisions are broken down into 261 groups, into 1,033 subgroups and 3425 basic headings. SKTC Rev.10 and SITC Rev.3 are identical from sections to basic headings. However, in SKTC Rev. 10, the basic headings are further divided into 5,403 six digits and into 3,980 seven digits. If necessary, the seven digits are broken into eight digits, each denoted by the English alphabet. There are 1,154 eight digit categories.

Section 0 Food and Live Animals
Division 01 Meat and meat preparations
Group 012 Other meat and edible meat offal, fresh, chilled or frozen(except meat and meat offal unit or unsuitable for human consumption)
Subgroup 0123 Meat and edible offal of the poultry of subgroup 001.4, fresh, chilled or frozen
Basic heading 01234 Poultry cuts and other offal, fresh or chilled
Six digit code 012341 Cuts
Seven digit code 0123411 Of fowls of the species Gallus Domesticus
Eight digit code 0123411A Leg

5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?SKTC-10 came into effect on 3 January 2005.
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. There are explanatory notes for SKTC, Rev.11.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?There are correspondence tables among SKTC, Rev.11, SITC, Rev.4 and HS 2007.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?No.
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 Excel format.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationStatistical Standard Team, Statistics Korea
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiry1702 ho, Statistics Korea, Government Complex Daejoe, 189 Chensa-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea 302-701(zip)
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/1/2012