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Singapore International Trade Classification
(SITC Rev.4.1)

Country / Area: Singapore

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)Singapore International Trade Classification (SITC), Revision 4.1
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.No
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 classification has 6 levels in the order of “Section”, “Division”, “Group”, “Subgroup”, “Basic Heading” and “SITC R(4)”.

There are 10 sections, 68 divisions, 264 groups, 1026 subgroups, 2970 basic headings and 3493 SITC R(4)s.

2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Section – 0
Division – 00
Group – 001
Subheading – 0011
Basic Subheading – 00111
SITC R(4) – 0011100
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, this classification adopts the Standard International Trade Classification, Revision 4.
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)The classification is based on the Standard International Trade Classification and hence, it shares similar structure with the international standard. The only difference is the extension of Singapore’s SITC at the 7-digit level.
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.The additional extension at 7-digit level – SITC R(4).
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 all levels
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.It is used in the compilation of trade statistics which is available publicly.
Data collection is recorded at the AHTN 8-digit level and then aggregated to the SITC at all levels. Data publishing is available at all levels.
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.)Not applicable
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?STCCED (refer to the other submission by Singapore). Yes, it is 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.)STCCED (refer to the other submission by Singapore). Yes, it is available and useful for the Statistical Office.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.17th Feb 2012 is the press release date for January’s trade data.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Revision of Singapore’s SITC will be in line with the update of the International SITC.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Singapore International Trade Classification, Revision 3
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsBased on SITC Revision 3.
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))Identical structure as 2(a).
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?2007
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?No
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Excel
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 classificationInternational Enterprise Singapore, Research and Statistics Division
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryhttps://statlink.iesingapore.gov.sg/
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNil.

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/4/2012