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What is the Chinese Industry Classification System?

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What: The Chinese industry classification system is a method by which the Chinese government categorizes its primary, secondary, and tertiary industry segments.

Why: The classification system is used to collect statistics and data on organizations and companies throughout Mainland China.


As is the case with most industrialized countries with large economies and manufacturing operations, China has in place a thorough classification system known as the China Industry Classification system. It groups companies into similar industry categories based on the type of business and their business activities. It’s used to collect statistics and data on organizations and companies throughout Mainland China. Currently, the China Industry Classification system includes 95 different industry categories. (Corollary systems include the United Nations’ International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities and the North American Industry Classification System as used in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.)  

The Chinese system is based on standard number GB/T 4754, the industrial classification for national economic activities. There are three levels in the system as defined by the National Bureau of Statistics of China.

China Industry Classification System explained

Primary Industries

  • Farming, forestry, animal husbandry and fishery

    • Farming

    • Forestry

    • Animal husbandry

    • Fishery

    • Service industry for farming, forestry, animal husbandry and fishery

Secondary Industries

  • Mining Industry

    • Coal exploitation and washing

    • Exploitation of petroleum and natural gas

    • Extracting and dressing of ferrous metal mines

    • Extracting and dressing of non-ferrous metal ores

    • Extracting and dressing of nonmetal ores

    • Other mining industries

  • Manufacturing Industry

    • Manufacturing of agricultural and non-staple foodstuff

    • Foodstuff manufacturing industry

    • Beverage manufacturing industry

    • Tobacco industry

    • Textile industry

    • Manufacturing industry of textile costumes, shoes, and caps

    • Manufacturing industry of leather, fur, feather (cloth with soft nap) and their products

    • Wood processing and manufacturing industry of wood, bamboo, rattan, palm, and straw-made articles

    • Cabinet-making industry

    • Paper-making and paper product industry

    • Printing industry and reproduction of record media

    • Manufacturing industry for culture, education and sports goods

    • Petroleum processing, coking and nuclear fuel manufacture

    • Chemical feedstock and chemical manufacturing industry

    • Medicine manufacturing industry

    • Chemical fiber manufacturing industry

    • Rubber production industry

    • Plastic industry

    • Non-metallic minerals product industry

    • Ferrous metal smelting and extrusion

    • Non-ferrous smelting and extrusion

    • Metalwork industry

    • General-purpose equipment manufacturing industry

    • Specialized facility manufacturing industry

    • Transport and communication facilities manufacturing industry

    • Electric machinery and equipment manufacturing industry

    • Manufacturing industry of communication equipment, computers and other electronic equipment

    • Manufacturing industry of instruments and meters, and machinery for culture and office

    • Artwork and other manufacturing industries

    • Processing of discarded resources, and waste and scrap recovery

  • Production and supply of electric power, gas and water

    • Production and supply of electric power and heat power

    • Gas generation and supply

    • Water production and supply

  • Construction industry

    • Building and civil engineer work industry

    • Construction and installation industry

    • Architectural decoration industry

    • Other building industries

Tertiary Industries

  • Traffic, storage and mail business

    • Railage industry

    • Road transport industry

    • Urban public traffic industry

    • Marine traffic industry

    • Air transport industry

    • Pipage industry

    • Loading and unloading, portage and other transport service industries

    • Storage industry

    • Mail business

  • Information transfer, computer service and software industry

    • Telecom and other information transfer service industry

    • Computer service industry

    • Software industry

  • Wholesale and retail trade

    • Wholesale establishment

    • Retail trade

  • Accommodation and food industry

    • Lodging industry

    • Food industry

  • Finance industry

    • Banking

    • Securities business

    • Underwriting

    • Other finance operations

  • Realty business

    • Realty business

  • Leasehold and business service industry

    • Leasing industry

    • Commerce service industry

  • Scientific research, technical service and geologic examination industry

    • Development of researches and tests

    • Profession skill service industry

    • Both scientific and technological communications and generalization

    • Geologic examination industry

  • Water conservancy, environment and public institution management

    • Water management

    • Environmental management

    • Public facility management

  • Neighborhood services and other service industry

    • Neighborhood services industry

    • Other service industries

  • Education

    • Education

  • Sanitation, social security and social welfare industry

    • Sanitation

    • Social security industry

    • Social welfare industry

  • Cultural, physical and entertainment industry

    • Journalism industry

    • Radio, TV, film and audiovisual product industry

    • Culture and art industry

    • Physical culture

    • Entertainment industry

  • Public administration and social organization

    • CCP organ

    • Organs of state

    • The political consultative conference and democratic parties

    • Mass organizations, social communities and religion organizations

    • Grass roots self-management organizations

  • International organizations

    • International organizations

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