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Country / Area: China

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)统计用产品分类目录, Product Classification for Statistics (PCS).
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Chinese.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes, http://www.stats.gov.cn/tjbz/
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?Five-levels structured, section level contains 95 categories, division level contains 814 categories, group level contains 2756 categories, class level contains 3485 categories and subclass level contains 28997 categories.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Each level is numerically 2-digits coded in PCS, thus every product at the lowest level is ten-digits coded, such as 0113013405.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, its lowest level could be linked to the CPC1.0.
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)In order to fit national conditions or meet the administrative demands, some aggregations and additional breakdowns are made, thus the numbers of categories within each level of PCS are different from that of CPC1.0.
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.(1) Structural deviations: as depicted in the previous question; (2) Methodological deviations: The PCS allows overlaps or repetitions of products in parts, while the CPC1.0 is a system of categories that are mutually exclusive.
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.)It differs according to the specific industries. e.g. In manufacturing industry, only about a thousand products can be reported at the subclass 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 provides a framework of statistics dealing with products and services. The PCS is used in most of suveys concerning products that conducted by the NBS of China.
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?GB/T 7635.1-2002, 全国主要产品分类与代码 第1部分:可运输产品, National Central Product Classification and Codes-Part 1: Transportable product.
We had put it into consideration when making our previous version of classification (PCSUP), but it wasn't used in any of our surveys or other statistical work.
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.)The PCS was published on 09/02/2010.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Beginning of 2011.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?No. But we plan to revise it 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)None.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classifications 
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)) 
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification? 
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented? 
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, we've published a complete publication of PCS, which consists of principles and methodologies, structures and categories, and explanatory notes for those most commomly used products.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes. The correspondence tables between the PCS and CPC1.0 is covered in the complete publication of PCS.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?No.
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. online cheking and serching of PCS is available for public, no download, while EXCEL format is available for users within NBS.
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 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/tjbz/
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 11/15/2012