1. The Australian and New Zealand Standard Commodity Classification (ANZSCC) has been developed for use in Australia and New Zealand for the collection and presentation of commodity statistics. It replaces the Australian Standard Commodity Classification (Revised) - Transportable Goods (ASCC) (ABS Catalogue No. 1254.0, 1990). which has been in use, in various forms, for many years.
2. The ANZSCC is one of a number of standards used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) in the collection and presentation of statistics. Whereas the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) (ABS Catalogue No. 1292.0, 1993 SNZ Catalogue No. 19.005.0092) classifies businesses to industries according to their predominant activity, the ANZSCC classifies goods and services (i.e. commodities) which are the outputs of industries
3. There has been extensive consultation to ensure that the ANZSCC reflects the structure of Australian and New Zealand production and user requirements for statistics. The Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics New Zealand encourage other organisations to use the classification in their own work in order to improve the comparability and usefulness of statistics.
4. The ANZSCC presents the commodities used in the collection and publication of ABS and SNZ statistics for the agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting and trapping, mining, manufacturing, building, construction, retail, wholesale and service industries as at 1993-94.
5. In the development of the ANZSCC, emphasis has been placed on alignment with the international standards. The Central Product Classification (CPC) (United Nations, Statistical Papers, Series M, No. 77) provides the basis of the classification and links are provided to other international standard classifications. This will aid the comparability of commodity statistics both nationally and internationally.
6. The ANZSCC follows the CPC to its lowest level of detail consistent with Australian and New Zealand requirements. At a minimum, the ANZSCC aligns with CPC categories at the Group (3 digit) level. The structure of the classification and determination of categories are discussed below.
7. All ANZSCC commodities are linked to the appropriate categories of the ANZSIC, the CPC, the Standard Industrial Trade Classification (SITC) Revision 3) (United Nations, Statistical Papers, Series M, No. 34/Rev.3) and the Harmonized System (HS)(Customs Co-operation Council, 1986). As any of these classifications are updated, so will the ANZSCC links be updated.
8. The ANZSCC is to be implemented progressively in statistical series published by the two agencies. In Australia, statistics on the ANZSCC basis will be produced beginning with the Manufacturing Census conducted in respect of 1993-94. The commodity items of other collections have, where possible, been coded to the ANZSCC for use in future collections. In New Zealand, collections such as Building Consents and Completions, the Interindustry Study and the Manufacturing Census are being oriented and concorded to the ANZSCC.
9. Both statistical agencies are ready to assist users to interpret and use the classification for their own purposes. Assistance can take a variety of forms, from general advice through to the provision of Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) systems. Users are encouraged to discuss their requirements with either agency.
10. It is not intended that the ANZSCC will remain static at its detailed level. New categories will be added as needs arise. This will result from both the reassessment of requirements of existing statistical collections and the establishment of new statistical collections.