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National Classifications

Country / Area: South Africa

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 is envisaged that it will be linked to the Central Product Classification CPC) in the future.
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?N/A
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.It has one level
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?There are 95 items
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.Statistics South Africa (Stats SA)
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)Joe de Beer
Tel.: +27(12) 310 8024
Email: JoeDB@stassa.pwv.gov.za
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.Private Bag X44 Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Tel: +27(12) 310 8911
Email: info@statssa.pwv.gov.za
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.)1999
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.N/A
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.It is used by the National Accounts division of Statistics South Africa to compute the Gross Domestic Product.
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.)None
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?The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
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.)N/A. The classification is in English but it is not available.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.N/A.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?N/A.
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 classificationsNo problems have been encountered so far.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?None
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?The South African Customs and Excise Division uses the six-digit Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) to classify imports and exports.
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?N/A. There is no previous classification.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?N/A.
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?N/A.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?N/A.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)N/A.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?N/A.

Source: UN questionnaire, 12/1/2000