Commodity Classification in 1997: Standard Classification of Transported Goods (SCTG) Codes
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Commodity Classification in 1997: Standard Classification of Transported Goods (SCTG) Codes

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  • Alternative Title:
    Standard Classification of Transported Goods (SCTG) Codes
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    The Standard Classification of Transported Goods (SCTG) has been created jointly by agencies of the United States (U.S.) and Canadian governments to address statistical needs that the U.S. and Canada share in common, and to meet the individual needs of each country in regard to products transported. The SCTG was also created to improve the collection of the 1997 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS). The SCTG is divided in to four levels of coding, each level going into greater detail than the previous. There are four (4) SCTG tables: SCTG Two Digit Codes; SCTG Three Digit Codes; SCTG Four Digit Codes; and, SCTG Five Digit Codes. The SCTG Two Digit Codes are the most general. The Three and Four Digit Code tables build in specificity, with the Five Digit code table being the most specific and most detailed. The ""Commodity Classification in 1997: Standard Classification of Transported Goods (SCTG) Codes"" was originally published on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics website in 1997. The PDF version presented in this record capture all of the background documentation and the SCTG codes as they were first presented, although they are formatted differently. Also include in this record is a ZIP folder of the SCTG code tables in plain text tiles and spreadsheets, for each of use, depending on need. Please see the Supporting Files Tab.

    Users note: Please note, each table has a number of codes that begin with leading zeros (0, 00, 000, etc.). If you open the spreadsheets in some software programs (such as Excel) the program may hide the leading zeros from you. We have formatted the cells of the spreadsheets as ""text"" to preserve the leading zeros. If there is uncertainty, see the .PDF or .TXT versions of the files.

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    National Transportation Library preservation note: The information in this document was present on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) website from September 24, 1997, through approximately, October 19, 2004. The original URL was This URL is no longer functional. Because many BTS statistical products, reports, and datasets use the Standard Classification of Transported Goods (SCTG) codes, NTL is providing access to the contextual information and code tables that were once available on the BTS web. Please note that while the information gathered below is not displayed in the same way as the original webpages, the intellectual content of those pages is captured and preserved for future use. Minor edits were introduced to correct errors, or improve navigation. These preservation actions were taken on March 04, 2021. Information and tables, where needed, were harvested from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, at NTL thanks the Internet Archive for helping us preserve this important content.
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