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National Classifications

ASEAN Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature
(AHTN 2012)

Country / Area: Thailand

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)ASEAN Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature 2012 (AHTN 2012)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Thai
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.At www.customs.go.th.
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 is comprised of
1. General Rule for the interpretation,
2. Section and Chapter Notes, including Subheading Notes, and
3. A list of heading arranged in systematic order and most of them, subdivided into subheadings.
A total of 9,558 subheading are grouped in 96 chapters, the latter being themselves arranged in 21 Sections.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Each heading of the system is identified by a 4-digit level code, the first two digits of which indicate the Chapter. The heading, where appropriate, are further subdivided two or more subheadings and which are identified by and 8-digit code.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.It is comprised of the Harmonized System (HS) Nomenclature with further subdivisions.
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)Is adheres to the six-digit commodity classification code of the HS with additional two-digit code numbers.
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.As 3(b)
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.-
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.)1st January 2012
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.1st January 2012
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)ASEAN Harmonised Tariff Nomenclature 2007 (AHTN 2007)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsHS 2007
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))As 2 (a), except total number of subheadings was 8,300.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?As 2 (a), except total number of subheadings was 8,300.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?1st January 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.-
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Supplementary Explanatory Notes (SEN) was developed to provide clarification of the provisions of the 8-digit codes.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?-
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?-
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?-
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)In PDF format.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?-
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationThai Customs Department.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryThai Customs Department.
1 Sunthornkosa Road, Klong Toey, Bangkok. Thailand.
Website: www.customs.go.th
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant-

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/28/2012