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Country / Area: India

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)This classification ASICC was originally developed by Dr. S.K.Nath for academic interest in early 1998. Later on the Govt. of India decided to use it for data collection of Annual survey of manufacturing Industries. However,. we shall examine linkage with CPC in future when completed in 2007.
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Major deviation is at all levels.. It is a five-digit classification. It has a system 1+1+1+2. The first digit from left represents “Section” , the first two comprises of Division, first three comprises of Group. It has 9 sections, 64 divisions, 234 groups and about 5500 items. At Divisional / group levels concordance can be developed (in most cases) with HS/SITC.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.As in (5) above

Not applicable

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?About 5500.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.No
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Industrial Statistics Division, Central Statistical Organisation, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation.
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)Dr. S K Nath, Additional Director General
e-mail: eskaynath@nic.in, eskaynath@yahoo.ie
Ph. No.: 91-11-23311805 / (91)-11-23310721
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.Dr. S K Nath, Additional Director General
e-mail: eskaynath@nic.in, eskaynath@yahoo.ie
Ph. No.: 91-11-23311805 / (91)-11-23310721
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.)September, 1998
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.Regular amendments are issued but no revision exercise has been taken so far.
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.By Central Statistical Organisation
By National Sample Survey Organisation
By the Office of Development Commissioner(Small Scale Industries) for conducting census of Small Scale Industries.
By State Governments / Union Territories
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.)For Annual survey of (manufacturing) Industries on regular basis. w.e.f 1997-98 survey conducted.
Besides, it was used for data collection during Census of Small Scale Industries in 2001
Large scale sample survey of unorganized sector manufacturing sector conducted by National Sample Survey Organisation.
Also used for Input-output tables for manufacturing sector.
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?As in (15) above.
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.)English
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?No
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 but training was imparted and Alphabetic Index was provided with.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNo revision except annual amendments issued. .
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. But it may be required in future if it is to be linked with CPC.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Not known
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Indian Trade Classification based on HS is used by Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics (DGCI&S), Kolkata for recording and publication of foreign trade statistics.
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 but the exercise of concordance with HS / SITC /CPC can be attempted / undertaken.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?No similar classification existed earlier.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Not applicable
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not applicable
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Not applicable
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Not applicable
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Not applicable
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNot applicable
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryAnnual Survey of Industries Commodity Classification

Source: UN questionnaire, 8/31/2005