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National Classifications

(HKSITC Rev.3)

Country / Area: China, Hong Kong SAR

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?No deviation - Hong Kong has adopted the SITC Rev.3 in full since 1 January 1992.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The HKSITC Rev.3 follows the SITC Rev.3 designed by the UNSO with minor adjustments, e.g. merging of a few codes.
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?3063 commodity items in 2003.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.A conversion table exists between the HKSITC Rev. 3 and Harmonized System (HS) developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO).
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Trade Statistics Branch (1), Census and Statistics Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China.
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)Mr. Osbert W. Y. WANG,
Trade Statistics Branch (1),
Census and Statistics Department,
tel. no. (852) 2582 4899
e-mail: owywang@censtatd.gov.hk
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.Census & Statistics Department,
19/F., Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Phone number: (852) 2582 4915
e-mail: trade@censtatd.gov.hk
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.)Hong Kong has adopted the HKSITC Rev.3 since 1 January 1992.
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.Amendments to the HKSITC Rev.3 will be made following revision in SITC Rev.3 as recommended by the UNSO, and revision in HS as recommended by the WCO.
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.Census and Statistics Department and users of trade statistics. The HKSITC Rev.3 is adopted in trade statistics publications.
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.)Import and export data are collected through import and export declarations based on Hong Kong Harmonized System (HKHS). They are converted into HKSITC Rev.3 for trade statistics publication purpose.
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?Trade statistics in HKSITC Rev.3 are published in regular trade statistics publications.
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.)Chinese and English.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.The HKSITC Rev.3 is available in electronic form.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?A conversion table between the HKSITC Rev.3 and HKHS is 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)Yes.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsProblems include interpretation of the item descriptions, and insufficient detailedness at item level (for some users).
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))A database containing more examples of the application of the classification would be useful.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?The classification is normally used for statistical purpose.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Statistics analysed by other groupings, e.g. end-use category, principal commodity group.
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.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?香港標準國際貿易分類第二次修訂
Hong Kong Standard International Trade Classification Revision 2 (HKSITC Rev.2)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?The Standard International Trade Classification Revision 2 (SITC Rev.2) designed by the UNSO.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?The HKSITC Rev.2 is adapted from the SITC Rev.2 designed by the UNSO to accommodate the local requirement in Hong Kong.
The HKSITC Rev.2 is a 6-digit classification system, with the first digit determining the section, the first two digits determining the divisions, the first three digits determining the group, and the entire six digits determining the item.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?3550 commodity items in 1991.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?The HKSITC Rev.2 was implemented from 1978 to 1991.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationTrade statistics from 1978 to 1991 are published in HKSITC Rev.2.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryHong Kong Standard International Trade Classification Revision 3 (HKSITC Rev. 3).

Source: UN questionnaire, 4/1/2003