Among the changes is the addition of marijuana/cannabis products.
The North American Product Classification System is a classification that organizes goods and services throughout the economy. The development of NAPCS has been a joint project of the national statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Among the recent changes are those related to the following goods and services: pulse crops, medicinal marijuana products, energy products, footwear, e-cigarettes, smart wearable electronic devices, intellectual property and related products (including published products and software), advertising services, telecommunication and broadcasting services, cleaning services for buildings and dwellings, and waste management services.
“Marijuana” and “cannabis” products are listed under the new listing for ‘medicinal plants’, including numerous plants like aloe, bearberry bark, cannabis, dried basil, licorice root, psyllium husk, coca leaves, ergot of rye for medicinal use, hemp seeds for medicinal use, and more. The full listing is viewable here. Cannabis oil is listed separately under “Medicinal chemicals and vitamins, in bulk”.
It lists cannabis for medical purposes (except oil), cannabis herbs for medicinal use, cannabis plants for medicinal use, cannabis seeds for medicinal use, marijuana seeds and plants for medicinal use, and medical cannabis (except oil).
The purpose of the project has been to develop a unified standard for products, which would allow comparisons of data among the three participating countries. It will also facilitate integration of data at Statistics Canada.
The North American Product Classification System is developed by three agencies working together: The Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía of Mexico, the United States Office of Management and Budget, and Statistics Canada. The goal is to create a consistent framework for the “collection, analysis and dissemination of product statistics used by policy analysts, academics and researchers, the business community and the Canadian public.”
Changes to NAPCS Canada for the 2017 version, says the press release, were made to improve the relevancy of product statistics in economic statistics programs and to users, and also to align with the trilateral agreements between Canada, the United States, and Mexico in developing NAPCS.