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National Classifications

Country / Area: Japan

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)Not applicable.
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Not applicable.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Each item (iron and steel, semiconductor, etc.) in this classification is gathering items in HS.
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?Export : 410
Import : 434
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Trade Statistics Section, Post-Entry Examination and Customs Area Division, Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance
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)TSUJI, Shigetaka (Mr)

telephone number : 81-3-3580-0870
e-mail : shigetaka.tsuji@mof.go.jp

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.address: 3-1-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 100-8940

e-mail : mailcust@mof.go.jp
website : http://www.customs.go.jp

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.)Evident information is unavailable now.
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.We do not have such plans at present.
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.Trade Statistics Section, Post-Entry Examination and Customs Area Division, Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance
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.)Statistics of Trade
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?Statistics of Trade
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.)Japanese and English
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.No. (we provide principal commodity-code on Website.)
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?More detailed explanation of "conversion keys in electronic form" is required for our to-the-point answer.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Yes, we have.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNo, they have not especially done.
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))None, in particular.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?No such information is available at present.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?No
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.Not applicable.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Evident information is unavailable now.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Evident information is unavailable now.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Evident information is unavailable now.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Evident information is unavailable now.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Evident information is unavailable now.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Evident information is unavailable now.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNo
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryThe Basis Classification Index for the Summary Report Trade of Japan

Source: UN questionnaire, 6/4/2002