Standard International Trade Classification (SITC)

SITC ClassCategoryExamples
0Food & Live AnimalsMeat (01), Fish (03), Wheat (041), Rice (042), Corn (044), Orange juice (0591), Sugar (0611), Coffee (071), Cocoa (072), Tea (0741)
1Beverages & TobaccoWine (1121), Beer (1123), Tobacco (12)
2Raw MaterialsRubber (23), Cotton (263), Iron ore (281)
3Fuels & LubricantsCoal (32), Crude oil (333), Kerosene (3342), Natural gas (343)
4Animal & Vegetable OilsOlive oil (4214), Corn oil (4216)
5ChemicalsSalt (52332), Fertilizers (56), Plastics (57)
6Manufactured GoodsPaper (64), Textiles (65), Cement (661), Iron & Steel (67), Copper (682)
7Machinery & Transport EquipmentComputer equipment (752), Televisions (761), Cars (781)
8Miscellaneous ManufacturesFurniture (82), Clothes (84), Footwear (85), Cameras (88111), Books (8921), Toys (894)
9OthersPostal packets (91)

Source: United Nations Statistics Division.

SITC is a classification of the commodities being subject to international trade. It was designed to help provide a categorization needed for economic analysis and to facilitate the international comparison of trade data. A single numeral represents a major category (e.g. 1 for Beverages & Tobacco) and each subsequent numeral represents a sub-classification that can reach up to five numerals. For instance, Wine (1121) is a subcategory of Alcoholic Beverages (112), which is a subcategory of Beverages (11). The classification is regularly revised to take account of new product categories.