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National Classifications

Country / Area: Lao People's Dem. Rep.

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)No answer
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?No answer
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.No answer
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 3551 items or 3551 tariff lines in our national tariff nomenclature.
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.The Customs Department
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)No answer
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.The Customs Department, Lane-Xang Ave.
Lao P.D.R.
Tel. (856-21) 223522-25,
Fax (856-21) 223521;
For email and website, we don't have any.
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.)No answer
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 1999 up to now, Lao Customs Department has been making the revision and updating our Tariff Nomenclature based on HS 1996 at 6-digit level for Non-ASEAN member countries. For ASEAN countries we are going to implement ASEAN Harmonized Tariff Nomenclature with other ASEAN countries at 8-digit level in 2002.
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.No use
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.)No use
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?No use
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.)The classification is available in Lao language only.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.No, it is not available in electronic form
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)Yes
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsYes. Sometimes we find wrong classification of some items completed by importers. And we still have some problem on classification of goods such as pharmaceutical products and chemical products, due to lacking of analyzed systems.
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))We still need assistance in classifications in order to improve the skill of our customs officers such as a training course on HS and classification.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?No
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. 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Decree No. 47 of the Ministerial council, (Tariff Nomenclature on Import - Export)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?There was no link to international classification
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?There were 99 chapters and 647 items or 647 tariff lines at 3-digit level.
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?26 June 1989.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNone

Source: UN/ESCAP questionnaire, 12/1/2000