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Country / Area: Bulgaria

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) 
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available? 
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The same as in CN and additional level for national use (9-digit code at the most detailed level for national needs)
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?10896
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.First 8 digits of the Custom Tariff Nomenclature of Bulgaria are exactly the CN-8 digits
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.General Custom Directorate to the Ministry of Finance, "Custom Tariff Policy Department," "Custom Tariff Division." NSI makes proposal for additional national positions at the national level for statistical purposes
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)General Custom Directorate to the Ministry of Finance, "Custom Tariff Policy Department," "Custom Tariff Division."
Jana Oracheva, head. Tel.: 3592 867 519.
NSI: "Classifications and Nomenclatures" Division,
Rayko Batchvarov - head; Svetlana Ganeva, chief expert;
tel.: 3592 467555
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.)1992: Custom Tariff based on HS. 1996: Custom Tariff based on HS, though the structure was in CN with 8-digit code and included many CN-positions; 1998: Custom Tariff based on CN. Statistical data are based on Custom Statistics.
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.Yearly, based on CN-changes and positions for national needs. Revisions: based on revisions of CN
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.National Statistical Institute, Trade Ministry, Bulgarian Commercial-Industrial Chamber, and other Governmental and Non-governmental institutions
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.)Custom Statistics; Surveys:
- commodity balances,
- external trade statistics,
- national accounts
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?The statistical data are published at the 6-digit level
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.)Bulgarian
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.It is expected to have available the Custom Tariff of the Republic of Bulgaria in English on electronic form by the end of 1998
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification? 
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)They have not. In the Custom Tariff Division the explanatory notes used are from HS and CN
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsIn "Custom Tariff Division" - no problem
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))We think it would be good to have at least once a year a meeting with EUROSTAT experts to follow up the development of the EC classification system
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?All economic units dealing with external trade
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?There is no alternative classification
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?HS after 1992
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) 
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classification 
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryCustom Tariff of Republic of Bulgaria (CT)

Source: EU/Phare project, 10/30/1998