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Singapore Trade Classification, Customs and Excise Duties
(STCCED 2012)

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 Trade Classification, Customs and Excise Duties 2012 (STCCED 2012)
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.
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?It comprises of chapters and is arranged in 21 Sections. Each Section is a grouping of a number of chapters which codifies a particular class of commodities. Each Chapter is divided into 4-digit headings which are in turn further divided into 6-digit subheadings. These 6-digit subheadings are further divided into 8-digit subheadings.

21 sections, 98 chapters, 1227 4-digit headings, 5,205 6-digit subheadings, 9,574 8-digits subheadings.

2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Section – Section I
Chapter – Chapter 1
Heading – Heading 01.01
6-digit subheading – 010130
8-digit subheading – 01013010
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Harmonised System (HS) and Asean Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature (AHTN)
The AHTN is an ASEAN initiative to harmonise the HS at 8-digit level.
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)STCCED is based on the AHTN and the AHTN is an extension of HS codes at 8-digit level. In addition, STCCED consists of 16 8-digit codes in Chapter 98 for national purposes.
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.Chapter 98 for national purposes e.g.9891000 is for classification of postal packages not classified to kind.
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 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.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.Not applicable
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.)Singapore Customs uses STCCED for collection of duties and taxes.
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?Not applicable.
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.)1st Jan 2012
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?Revision of STCCED 2012 will be in line with WCO HS 2017 and AHTN 2017.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)STCCED 2007, English
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsSTCCED 2007, English
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))Similar to Question 2(a).
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Similar to Question 2(a).
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?30 Oct 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.Not applicable
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
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)PDF
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 classificationSingapore Customs, Tariffs and Trade Services Branch
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquirywww.customs.gov.sg
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNo.

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/4/2012