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Country / Area: Poland

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)It does not apply
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?PCN differs from CN by including and additional sub-level on the 9-digit level.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.This is the 6-level classification. First 5 levels come from CN. The additional positions such as the 6th level (marked by the 9th digit - positions not divided were completed with "0") had been implemented in order to harmonize classifications with the Polish conditions.
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?13,003 (PCN 1998)
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.No need. PCN includes CN
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Central Statistical Office of Poland
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)Witold Urbaniak, w.urbaniak@stat.gov.pl
Tel. +48 22 608 3430
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.GUS website: http://www.stat.gov.pl
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.)Introduced by the Regulation of the CSO President No 43 on December 17, 1993 on the Polish Combined Nomenclature of Commodities in External Trade PCN - I version (Issue) (Official Journal of GUS No. 21 of 1993, item125)
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.Since 1995, it is the yearly updated publication according to changes implemented in CN and users' needs.
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.Used for statistical needs and evidence in external trade as well as for customs needs (SAD, customs tariff). This is the basis for the elaboration of customs tariff by the Ministry of Economy, Work and Social Policy
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.)Used in surveys on material economy (data on import and export)
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 on import and export
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.)In Polish
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.No
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)Classification includes explonatory notes to all sections and divisions. The general rules of interpretations have been taken from CN. Moreover, the explanatory notes to HS and CN have been published.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsInterpretation problems
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))No
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?This is the basis for the elaboration and preparation of the Customs Tariff by the Ministry of Economy, Work and Social Policy. It has been used by the Ministry of Finance and applied in the taxation system.
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.It does not apply.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Scalona Nomenklatura Towarowa Handlu Zagranicznego (CN)
Combined Nomenclature (CN)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?It was the Polish version of the Combined Nomenclature (CN).
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?The same as for CN 1993.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?The same as for CN 1993.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)There was no need because they were the same classifications
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Introduced by the Regulation of the CSO President No 58 of December 31st, 1992 (O.J. of CSO No. 58, item 126). Obligatory since January 1st, 1993. In 1994 CN was substituted by PCN
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationData is not collected nor published.
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryPolish Combined Nomenclature of External Trade Commodity (PCN)

Source: UN questionnaire, 4/1/2003