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Country / Area: Egypt

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)- The current classification is already linked to CPC rev.1
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Concerning the general structure for the Central Classification of products, it consists of the following levels:
Section symbolized by one digit
Divison symbolized by two digits
Group symbolized by three digits
Class symbolized by four digits
Subclass symbolized by five digits, including the 4 digits of the class
Products symbolized by nine digits
The deviation from the international standard CPC is the additional level (Products level) which is created and symbolized by 9 digits. Products level is used to describe in details all products and it is required for national uses.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.The structure of current classifications is identical to CPC rev. 1 (Section, divisions, group, classes, subclass), but additional level (Products level) is created as mentioned above.
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 most detailed level of our current classification is the products level, and approximately it contains 7500 items.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.It exists in the electronic form, at the subclass level.
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Central Agency for public mobilization and Statistics CAPMAS- Classification Division.
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)Name : Mr. Bakr. Soltan (Under-Secretary for CAPMAS Resident Office)
Phone: 202 402 4263
Fax: 202 402 4099
E-mail: capmas_presaffr@yahoo.com
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.Central Agency for public mobilization and Statistics CAPMAS
Address: Salah Salem road – Naser City – Cairo – Egypt
Phone: 202 402 4263
Fax : 202 4024099
E-mail: capmas_presaffr@yahoo.com
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.)Now Egypt uses the CENTRAL Classification of all products – 2004 according to CPC rev.1
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.No plans, but any amendment in updated CPC will be taken in consideration.
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.Users outside of the statistical office: Research centers, universities, private Statistical Offices.
Users in statistics are like – statistics of industrial products.
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.)Current classification is used in the industrial products statistics surveys
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?All statistical data mentioned above in (questionnaire 14) are published according to the current classification.
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.)Arabic language
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes, it is available in electronic form
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?They exist, at the subclass level
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)No
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classifications


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))Kind of assistance needed: Training, experts, publications, computers and any new statistical applications software.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?none
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?H.S.
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?The Unified Arabic Classification of all products (year 1968)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?None
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?The former classification consist of the following levels:
many divisions (symbolized from 0 to)
Divisions (symbolized by 2 digits)
Class (symbolized by 3 digits including the 2 digits of division
Group (symbolized by 5 digits including the 3 digits of class)
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Approximately it contains 1290 items (products)
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Not yet
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Year 1968
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNone
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiry- Central Classification of Products

Source: UN questionnaire, 7/19/2004