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Country / Area: China

Classification category: Activity 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)国民经济行业分类(2011), Industrial Classification for National Economic Activities (ICNEA).
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Only in chinese.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes. The PDF version of each section is separately displayed on our website (only in chinese). And the URL is http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjsj/tjbz/hyflbz/.
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?There are four levels in the ICNEA structure (i.e. 20 Sections, 96 Divisions, 432 Groups and 1094 Classes).
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.The ICNEA coding system is of the same way as ISIC Rev.4, which includes numerically coded two-digit divisions, three-digit groups, four-digit classes, and, alphabetically coded sections.
e.g. Class “H6231 Tea shop services” belongs to Group “623 Beverage and cold drink services” under the Division “62 Restaurants”, which belongs to Section “H Accommodation and Restaurants”.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes. The ISIC Rev.4 is one of our major references when revising the ICNEA, and we have compiled correspondent tables between them on the class 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)Both ICNEA and the ISIC Rev.4 are four-levels structured, but we made some aggregations and breakdowns according to our national conditions, thus the numbers of categories exist at each level are different.
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 for the methodology and application rules, the two classifications are completely same, as for the structure, INCEA has a detailed category at each level campared with ISIC Rev.4.
INCEA focuses more on purpose and usage of the products and goods from the activities when designing the structure, sometimes the need of administrive requirements are reflected through structure.
EG, the section N water resource management, environment, and public facility management. This section combined activities managed by Ministry of Water Resources.
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 two-digit 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. 
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 classifying business establishments and other statistical units by the type of
economic activity in which they are engaged, it can also be used for administrative purposes and by non-government bodies as a convenient way of classifying industrial activities into a common structure.
In NBS, data are collected at the class level and published at levels where needed.
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.)Enterprise register for industrial and commercial bureau.
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?There is no alternative classification.
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.)01/11/2011
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.On January 2012, the ICNEA 2011 was first used in yearly report the periodical surveys conducted by the NBS of China.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No. But we plan to revise the current version within 8 - 10 years.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)国民经济行业分类(2002), Industrial Classification for National Economic Activities (ICNEA).
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThe ISIC Rev. 3.1 was one of our major references for the formulation of the former version of ICNEA, and we compiled correspondent tables between them on the class level too.
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))The four-levels structured ICNEA(2002) contains 20 Sections, 95 Divisions, 396 Groups and 913 Classes.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?01/10/2002
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. So far, the ICNEA(2011) has been implemented in all surveys conducted by the NBS of China except the national accounts statistics.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes. We have published "Explanatory Notes on the Industrial Classification for National Economic Activities" in 2011.
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)?No. There is no alternative classification.
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)Yes. The PDF version of each section is separately displayed on our aforementioned website (only in chinese).
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 classificationDivision of Statistical Standards under the Department of Statistical Design & Management in National Bureau of Statistics of China.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryAddress: No. 57, Yuetan Nanjie, Sanlihe, Xicheng District, Beijing 100826
Fax: +86-10-68782000
Email: info@gj.stats.cn
Website: http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjsj/tjbz/hyflbz/
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 11/15/2012