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Classification by Broad Economic Categories (BEC)

VersionRevision 4
Valid from2003
Previous versionsBEC (1971) BEC Rev.1 (1976) BEC Rev.2 (1986) BEC Rev.3 (1988)
DescriptionThe purpose of the classification is to analyze international trade statistics by large economic classes of commodities, distinguishing food, industrial supplies, capital equipment, consumer durables and consumer non-durables in order to supplement the summary data already compiled on the basis of the sections of the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC).

The BEC was developed in such a way as to provide elements which enable the construction of aggregates approximately comparable to those for the three basic classes of goods in the 1968 SNA. A number of sub-categories were established to supplement these main categories. The sub-categories reflect the various end-uses of commodities.
Maintenance organization United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
Statistical domains 2.1 Macroeconomic statistics, 2.6 International trade and balance of payments, 3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia, 4.2 Classifications
Type of standardClassifications
Languages Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Information last updated09/09/11