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Vietnamese Classification of product by activity

Country / Area: Viet Nam

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)Vietnamese Classification of product by activity (VCPA)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?VietNamese
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes. Website: www.gso.gov.vn
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?The structure of the classification includes 2 parts: Part I: List of Vietnamese Classification of product by acitvity; Part II: Contents of Vietnamese Classification of product by acitvity.
There are 7 levels. Level 1 includes 21 product industry; level 2 includes 88 product industry; level 3 includes 234 product industry; level 4 includes 411 product industry; level 5 includes 587 product industry; level 6 includes 1406 product industry; level 7 includes 2898 product industry.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Level 1 is encoded alphabet from A to U, for example product of agriculture, forestry and fishing code A. Level 2 is encoded by two branches of each respective level 1, for example agriculture and related service activities code 01. Level 3 is encoded by three branches of each respective level 2, for example growing of non-perennial crops code 011. Level 4 is encoded by four branches of each respective level 3, for example growing of vegetables, leguminous, flower, plants for ornamental purposes code 0118. Level 5 is encoded by five branches of each respective level 4, for example growing of vegetables code 01181. Level 6 is encoded by six branches of each respective level 5, for example leafy vegetables code 011811. Level 7 is encoded by 7 branches of each respective level 6, for example cabbage code 0118116.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes. Vietnamese Classification of product by activity is based on Classification of product by acivity 2008 of European Statistic (CPA 2008), Central product Classification of UNSD ver 2.0.
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)No. VCPA has 7 level and detail to 7 digits.
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.- Structure of CPA 2008 has 6 level. Structure of CPC has 5 level. Structure of VCPA has 7 level.
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.)Level 1 to 6
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.- Purposes:
+ Reflect changes in the product sector in Viet Nam economy
+ Reflect the economic integration of Viet Nam in the world economy; reflect the characteristics of Vietnam in the process of economic development and to integrate.
- Level 7 is used for data collection and some for data publishing.
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 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?This classification is available and useful for the GSO.
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.)VCPA issued together with the Prime Minister's Decision numbered 39/2010/QĐ-TTg on May 11, 2010.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.On August 19, 2010
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Hệ thống phân loại sản phẩm chủ yếu - Vietnamese Central Product Classification (VCPC)
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsVCPC was built on the basis of Provisional Central Product Classification (PCPC)
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))VCPC has 5 level. Level 1 includes 10 product industry, level 2 includes 68 product industry, level 3 includes 294 product industry, level 4 includes 1047 product industry. Level 5 includes 1813 product industry.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?No
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?On December 02, 1996
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
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)?Yes
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. Formats is XML.
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 classificationGeneral Statistics Office
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryWebsite: www.gso.gov.vn
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevant 

Source: UN questionnaire, 10/25/2013