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2004 Philippine Standard Commodity Classification

Country / Area: Philippines

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)2004 Philippine Standard Commodity Classification (PSCC)
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.nscb.gov.ph
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?Section, Chapter, Heading, One-Dash Sub-heading, One Dash/Two Dash HS Subheading, AHTN Sub-heading, PSCC Code.

There are 21 Sections; 99 Chapter Numbers; 1,259 Heading Number; 5,311 One-Dash Subheading, One-Dash/Two-Dash Subheading (HS); 10,773 AHTN Subheading and 13,679 AHTN/PSCC Code.

2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.0101.10.00-01 Horses

01 – Chapter Number
0101 – Heading Number
0101.1 – One-dash subheading
0101.10 – One-dash/two-dash subheading (HS)
0101.10.00 – AHTN Subheading
0101.10.00-01 – AHTN/PSCC Code

Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes. It is aligned with the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), ASEAN Harmonized Tariff and Nomenclature (AHTN) and Standard International Trade Commodity (SITC).
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. The first 6 digits represent the HS codes while the first 8 digits correspond to the ASEAN Harmonized Tariff and Nomenclature (AHTN).
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.A statistical suffix was added to the AHTN Code (first 8 digits) to accommodate the commodities included in the PSCC but are not included in the AHTN.
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.)Up to the 6-digit level for HS, and up to the 8 –digit level for the AHTN.
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.N/A
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.1). For compiling foreign trade statistics (Data collection and Data publishing);
2). For compilation of commodity statistics needed in the estimation of National Accounts (Data collection);
3). To facilitate collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of data to ensure correct specification of commodities on Agriculture and Fishery. (Data publishing).
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.)1. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) – For processing application of Letters of Credit
2. Bureau of Customs (BOC) – For trade data
3. Dept. of Energy – For importation of equipment and other commodities
4. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) – To monitor performance of specific export/import commodity or product groups and their contribution to overall external trade performance
5. Dept. of Finance (DOF) – Use in the determination of commodity classification and their corresponding tariff rates.
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?Philippine Standard Industrial Classification (PSIC)
Philippine Central Product Classification (PCPC)
Philippine Classification of Individual Consumption Expenditure According to Purpose (PCOICOP)
They are 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.)On-going revision/development of the 2012 PSCC, for approval of the NSCB Executive Development Board in December 2012.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The 2004 PSCC is still being used by statistical agencies in generating the country’s import and export statistics.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)2004 Philippine Standard Commodity Classification (PSCC)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsIntegration of the AHTN based on the 2002 Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) issued by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the 1993 PSCC (as amended in 1999) based on the Standard International Trade Commodity (SITC) Revision 3 issued by the UN Statistical Office in 1986.
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))Chapter Number, Heading Number, One-Dash Subheading, One-Dash/Two-Dash Subheading (HS), AHTN Subheading, AHTN/PSCC Code.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?January 25, 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.Yes
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)?Not applicable. The HS codes are embedded in the PSCC Codes.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Yes
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)Yes. PDF, Excel, CDRom and On-line Database
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 classificationNational Statistical Coordination Board, Philippines
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNational Statistical Coordination Board
Midland Buendia Building, 403 Sen Gil Puyat Avenue,
Makati City 1200, Philippines
http://www.nscb.gov.ph or info@nscb.gov.ph
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNone

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/24/2012