Australian Bureau of Statistics
1233.0 - Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC), Jan 2006
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/12/2004
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The ABS has responsibility for the maintenance of all aspects of the statistical code component of the AHECC. This maintenance role includes updating the classifications by evaluating requests from users of international trade statistics for additions or changes to statistical detail. It should be noted, however, that the ABS cannot make any changes to the 6-digit HS codes for exports, as this level of the classification is determined by the WCO.
Requests to correct the classification will not require industry or government support where the request is aimed at:
The ABS applies a two phase approach to classification feasibility studies (CFS), which are cost recovered. An initial review is undertaken and, if justified, a more detailed review. A flat charge applies for the initial study. This initial study allows the ABS to identify any potential problems (e.g. confidentiality restrictions) early in the process, and thus may save the client the cost of a detailed feasibility study.
The price charged for a detailed study will depend on the number of commodity items to be investigated and the overall complexity of the changes requested. The written quote provided to each client will be based on the estimated hours and associated computing costs required to complete their particular review and to implement, where applicable, its findings.
Changes are normally made to the AHECC on 1 January and 1 July of each year. Deadlines for proposals are the preceeding 1 October and 1 March respectively. The ABS reserves the right to withdraw statistical code splits which have proved unworkable.
This page last updated 16 November 2006
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