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Country / Area: Canada

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) 
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?SCTG was developed by regrouping classes of the HS or the HS-based Standard Classification of Goods (SCG) into meaningful classes according to transportation characteristics. Thus the SCTG does not use the HS structure as its base, but in most cases the SCTG is defined in terms of groupings of complete HS 4- or 6- digit classes. In a small number of cases, however, the SCTG was defined by splitting the HS 6-digit classes. In these cases SCG classes are used as the building blocks in defining the SCTG classes.
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.SCTG is a 5-digit classification with the following levels of hierarchy:
First level (2-digit) - 41 categories.
Second level (3-digits) - 132 categories.
Third level (4-digits) - 283 categories.
Fourth level (5-digits) - 501 categories
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?501 categories at the 5-digit level
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Statistics Canada
Standards 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)Gil Elliot
Standards Division Statistics Canada
120 Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0T6

Telephone: (613) 951-3464

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.Gil Elliot
Standards Division Statistics Canada
120 Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0T6

Telephone: (613) 951-3464

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.)October 1996
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.Revised September 1998. It is our intention to periodically redefine the SCTG in terms of the current HS classification.
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.Transportation Division - Statistics Canada - rail, marine and trucking surveys.
International Trade Division - Statistics Canada - recasts trade data to SCTG basis for use by Transport Canada.
Transport Canada
US Bureau of the Census - for the Commodity Flow Survey

RAILINC (AAR) - Services Division carry a concordance between SCTG and the STCC (US Standard Transportation Commodity Code) on their Master Product Tape.

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.)Transportation Division - Monthly Railway Car loading (MRC) - collected at various specially constructed aggregations of the SCTG.
US Bureau of the Census - Commodity Flow Survey (CFS)
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?Transportation Division disseminates data at various levels of the SCTG. Rail data will be published for the first time for 1999 data according to a special aggregation of SCTG classes. Marine data will be published for year 2000 data according to a special aggregation of SCTG classes. Trucking data will likely be published at the 3-digit level of the SCTG for 1999 data, but a special aggregation is being considered for future publication of trucking data
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 and French
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes, it is available in Microsoft Word format as well as PC database format.
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)Yes
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))No
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification? 
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?N/A
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.N/A
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Standard Commodity Classification (SCC) for Rail - TFC 320 (Traffic Freight Code) 320 aggregated categories of the SCC (standard Commodity Classification) concorded with STCC; the TFC was further aggregated to the Rac11 with 66 categories for Truck - a custom aggregation of SCC (600 or 700categiories at the 3- and 5-digit levels ) - dissemination was at the 2-digit level for Marine - a custom aggregation of SCC and then SCG 601 - the first HS based aggregation before SCTG.
SCG601 was a custom aggregation of SCG into 601 categories at the 5-digit level further aggregated to 101 at the 3-digit level
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?No
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?See above
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist? 
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)No
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?SCC was last updated in 1972.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationAll have been converted to SCTG.

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