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Country / Area: New Zealand

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)N/A
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?The ANZSCC follows the structure of the CPC to its Group (three-digit) level, with only three exceptions*. All exceptions are either aggregations or disaggregations of CPC Groups.
* ANZSCC 328 is a combination of CPC 323 and 324
*ANZSCC 297 is a combination of CPC 293 and 295
*CPC 531 was split into ANZSCC 534 and 535
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.ANZSCC corresponds to three-digit level of the CPC with three exceptions (See4). Below the three-digit level of the CPC, ANZSCC has aggregations or disaggregations of CPC.
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?The most detailed level is the 9 digit code which numbers 1339 classes.
2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Yes, one to one correspondence from one to the three-digit level of the CPC with three exceptions (See 4).
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Statistics New Zealand (StatsNZ).
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)Chris Toohey (Manager, Classifications and Standards)
Email: chris_toohey@stats.govt.nz
Facsimile: 64 3 374 8723
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.www.stats.govt.nz
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.)31 March 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.The ANZSCC is to be replaced by the Australian and New Zealand Standard Product Classification (ANZSPC) which is planned for publication in the first half of 2001. This revision will closely correspond with CPC Version 1.0, which replaces CPC Provisional, and will take account of changes in user requirements and local data supply. It has been developed taking into account actual experience in data collection from both services and goods providing industries.
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.ANZSCC has been used in part of the Census of the Economy and the National Accounts Input / Output study.
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.)ANZSCC has been used in part of the Census of the Economy and the National Accounts Input / Output study in both cases it was used at various levels depending on the importance of the commodities and the information supplied by the respondents.
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?Not currently used.
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.Yes
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Yes, up to the Level 3 (three-digit level).
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)ANZSCC is corresponded to the Harmonised System (HS) and the explanatory notes in HS are adopted in the ANZSCC.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsThe ANZSCC is deficient in its coverage of the services produced by the service industries sector of the economy (eg technology services), which have experienced significant growth in recent years and now form a major component of the economic activity in both Australia and New Zealand. The ANZSPC, based on CPC Version 1.0, will go some way to overcoming this, but as it is a rapidly growing and diversifying area, further updating will continue to be required.
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))SNZ is in regular contact with the ABS. The ABS has a representative on the United Nations Statistical Commission and has regular contact with other member nations. ABS has been active in the UN Expert Committee on Classifications, and the Technical Subgroup.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?There has been minor uses by a university and a market research company.
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. 
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?New Zealand Classification of Capital Goods and Services (NZCGS)
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Unknown
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Unknown
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?Unknown
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?Unknown
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNone

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