Census Bureau: New and Updated North American Product Classification System Codes (NAPCS) Published

 Today the U.S. Census Bureau published new and updated North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) codes as part of the 2017 Economic Census. The NAPCS is a comprehensive, market-based, hierarchical classification system for goods and services. 


  • Is not industry-of-origin based but can be linked to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry structure.
  • Is consistent across the three North American countries.
  • Improves identification and classification of products across international classification systems.

For more information on NAPCS data and how the newly released data compares with 2012 data, sign up for our Dec. 1, 2020, webinar What is the NAPCS? An Overview of the Recently-Release NAPCS Data from the Economic Census. The webinar features the new product lines and how to access them at data.census.gov. 

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