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Bangladesh Central Product Classification

Country / Area: Bangladesh

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)BCPC-2011 (Bangladesh Central Product Classification)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Bilingual (Bangla & English)
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes, www.bbs.gov.bd
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?BCPC-2011 has five levels:
Section (10)
Division (69)
Group (295)
Class (1057)
Sub-Class (2018)
*The categories are mentioned in bracket.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.The first broadest level contains 10 sections denotated by one digit code
The second level contains 69 Divisions denotated by two digit code
The third level contains 295 groups denotated by three digit code
The fourth level contains 1057 classes denotated by four digit code
Finally, the fifth and last level contains 2018 Sub-classes denotated by five digit code

Section 8 - Business and production services,
Divisions 81 - Reasearch and Development services
Groups 811 - Legal Services
Classes 8111 - Research and Experimental Development Services in National Science
Sub-classes 81111 - Research and Experimental Development Services in Physical Science

Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.BCPC-2011 is based on CPC ver 2.
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)Yes, the structure is identical to the international standards. But, some classes, groups have been added according to Bangladesh requirements.
BCPC-2011: has 2 new groups, 7 new classes and 207 new sub classes have been added
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.There is no deviation from the international standard in terms of structure, methodology. But some lower level codes were added.

Two new groups, 7 new classes and 207 new sub classes have been added.
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.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.BSIC-2009 and BCPC-2011 are being used in Economic census-2013, Population Census 2011, Labour Force & Child Labour Survey-2013. Youth Transition to Work Survey (YTWS), Survey of Manufacturing Industry (SMI), Other establishments and institutional surveys etc.
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.)Some organizations are using the classifications in a sporadic way.
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?No other classification is used.
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.)BCPC was adopted in April 2012.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes. 
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) 
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.Former national classifications are not used at present. Rather, statistical data are collected and disseminated using current classifications.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes, detailed explanatory notes are included in BCPC.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes, to some extent.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?N/A
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, classifications available in electronic form viz. pdf and excel, txt format.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Yes, to some extent.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationBangladesh Bureau of Statistics (Industry and Labour Wing), Statistics and Informatics Division, Ministry of Planning
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryWeb site: www.bbs.gov.bd
Email: dg@bbs.gov.bd, salamstat55@gmail.com, kabir.ddd@gmail.com
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantExample of industries may be incorporated at 4-digit level

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/15/2013