The North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) represents a ground breaking international development effort for a product classification using a demand-based concept. The Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI), Statistics Canada, and the United States Office of Management and Budget, through its Economic Classification Policy Committee, developed this new demand- or market-based product classification to allow comparison of data on the outputs of business establishments that are classified under the North American Industry Classification System.

NAPCS was developed as a reference classification to facilitate the analysis of economic data based on markets rather than production processes. NAPCS allows, for the first time, comparisons of products among the three North American countries based on how they are used in relation to each other. While there is not one single best demand-based aggregation structure, NAPCS presents a way to aggregate details for goods and services used together to satisfy demands in a common way.

The actual classification is the result of over a decade of development, analysis and negotiation that stands as a testament to the continued growth of statistical cooperation in North America.

Title of the classification

North American Product Classification System 2017 (NAPCS 2017) version Beta 1.0 and Mexico will use SICPAN México 2018, versión Beta 1.0.

Hierarchical structure

Level Digits Agreggation level Categories
1 2 Section 24
2 3 Subsection 61
3 5 Division 172
4 7 Group 276
5 9 Subgroup 497
6 11 Trilateral product 1167

Type of classification


Official revision period

Quinquennial, in order to maintain consistency with NAICS.

Revision period based on Beta

Updates will be carried out based on the outcome of the trilateral concordance table between NAPCS 2017, Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) 2012 and Extended Balance of Payments Services (EBOPS) 2010.These changes will be limited to the clarification of the scope of the products and will not include structural changes to the classification.

Trilateral dissemination

NAPCS trilateral website which will be added to the current NAICS trilateral website:

National dissemination

Each country will disseminate NAPCS according to its internal guidelines.

Format of publication

Electronic version.

Format of trilateral dissemination for the general public

North American Product Classification System 2017 (NAPCS 2017) version Beta 1.0
Code Product title
11 Food, beverage, and tobacco products, except raw farm products
111 Food and beverages purchased for future consumption, and related products
11101 Food and beverages purchased for future consumption
1110101 Meat products
111010101 Meat carcasses, whole and half, fresh and frozen
11101010101 Beef and veal, fresh and frozen whole carcass and half carcass

Date of release for the general public

Once the TSC declares it is the final version ready for its release.

Public consultation process

Each country will decide whether or not to seek the public's input on NAPCS, according to its internal guidelines.


Each country will implement NAPCS according to its statistical requirements; the United States for instance will implement it in its 2017 Economic Census and Price Indices (PI). The National Accounts will not use NAPCS directly but will take data up from the PI. Mexico is studying in which projects it will be implemented. Canada has implemented NAPCS in most of its business surveys, merchandise trade programs and producer prices index programs; and NAPCS is integrated in the Canadian macroeconomic accounts. NAPCS 2017 will be implemented in the agriculture and energy statistics programs starting in 2017.

Each country´s classification can be reviewed in detail by following these links:

NAPCS Canada:

NAPCS United States