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Country / Area: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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)Some groups are defined
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Some groups are narrow, some of them are too wide for product surveys regarding prices
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Additional codes will be added for purposes needed and for making other aggregations regarding trade 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?About 380 products, 21 groups, 93 subgroups
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Work in progress
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Statistical Office of Macedonia
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)Mrs. Vera Panova, head; tel.: 38991115022 / 252
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.)We expect that data for 1998 will be gathered according to new version of NSDT
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.For both reasons
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.For internal (domestic trade) statistics, retail prices indexes, and intermediate catering consumption. It is not used outside of SO except for the main groups.
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.)For prices and catering surveys on the products level for SNA on the high level
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?Data for domestic trade are published by product and groups level and in some thematic publications by product groups.
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.)It will be available in Macedonian and English.
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?They will be available in electronic form.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)We intend to prepare them
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsAt the beginning we expect some difficulties concerning the interpretation of results
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))It will be very useful to get assistance on the use of the classification as a base of surveys (regarding measure units, etc.) in the form of attendance to international meetings for ongoing changes
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification? 
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?There is a separate classification of stories by kind of products. We use it for a more detailed level of aggregation on domestic trade. It is useful for statistical purposes.
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, there are.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Clasificacija na trgovskite struki
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?No
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?At the 4-digit level with NACE
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, between EKD and CTS
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationOnly data for domestic trade by kind of trade units
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNomenclature for Domestic Trade

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