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Country / Area: Korea, Republic of

Classification category: Activity 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?Based on ISIC Rev.3 and added fifth-level
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Basically KSIC is in line with ISIC Rev 3. It has 5 levels for meeting national needs. It has been revised to reflect new emerging high-tech and science industries.
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?1,121 items(5 digit)
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.National Statistical Office (NSO)
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 : byong surk, hong
email address: hongbs@nso.go.kr
fax number : 82 42 481-2462
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.N.S.O Building III, Government Complex-Daejeon #920,
Dunsan-dong, Seo-gu Daejeon, 302-701,
Republic of Korea
phone number : 82 42 481-2053
website : www.nso.go.kr
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.)KSIC Rev.6 based on ISIC Rev.3 : Sep. 9 1991 and KSIC Rev.8 has been revised on Mar. 1, 2000.
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.KSIC Rev.8 was revised for meeting national needs on January of 2000.
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.- Industrial census
- Census on basic of characteristics of establishment
- Mining and manufacturing survey
- Information and telecommunication survey
- Retail and wholesale survey
- Census of service industry
- R&D survey
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.)- Industrial census (5 digit level)
- Statistics by size of establishment (5digit level)
- Transportation industrial statistics (5digit level)
- Information and communication statistics (5digit level)
- Census on basic of characteristics of establishment (5 digit level)
- Mining and manufacturing survey (5 digit level)
- Retail and wholesale survey (4digit level)
- R&D survey (2digit level)
- Index by machinery & equipment (2digit level)
- Index of industrial production (3digit level)
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 same as No. 14
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.)Korean, English (titles)
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.Yes
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Not yet.
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 classificationsThe institutional sector or the production organization in Korea is somewhat different from a worldwide system. For instance, there many self-employed firms, which are engaged in the activities of integrated manufacturing and retailing, such as bakeries, custom tailoring, etc. They are regarded as retailing in Korea. However, UN classifies them into manufacturing. Some industries are more specialized and others are less. Iron and steel mills are clearly distinguished from rolling and drawing mills of purchased steel. There are many unclear aspects in the interpretation of ISIC because it does not mention all activities detail.
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))- Expert group for regional cooperation and coordination.
- Training programme for implementing ISIC.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Yes, the Administrational Government.
1) Ministry of industrial resource (business register)
2) Small & Medium Business Administration (register of venture company)
3) Tax office
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?None
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?HANKUK PYOJUN SANUPBULYU(Korean Standard Industrial Classification : KSIC Rev.6)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Yes
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?5 levels
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?1,192 items
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?September 9, 1991
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNone

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