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Industry classification

The data in Investment Map is adapted from Revision 3.0 of the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC).

ISIC is defined by the United Nations Statistics Division and is a standard classification of economic activities (including both merchandise and services) arranged so that entities can be classified according to the activity they carry out. The classification was approved in 1948 and is based on four levels. The following revisions have been made : ISIC Rev.1 (1958), ISIC Rev.2 (1968) and ISIC Rev.3.0 (1989). ISIC Rev.3.1 update, effective May 2002, supersedes ISIC Rev.3.0.

Revision 3.0, level 1 includes 17 sections identified by alphabetical letters A to Q, level 2 covers 62 divisions identified by two-digit numerical codes and level 3 is defined by 161 groups identified by three-digit numerical codes. The Table below shows the first two levels of Revision 3.0 and their equivalent in Revision 2.0.

Table 1: Levels 1 and 2 of ISIC Revision 3.0 and Revision 2.0

Revision 3.0 Revision 2.0
A - Agriculture, hunting and forestry 1 - Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing
01 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities 11 - Agriculture and Hunting
02 - Forestry, logging and related service activities 12 - Forestry and logging
B - Fishing 13 - Fishing
05 - Fishing, operation of fish hatcheries and fish farms; service activities incidental to fishing  
C - Mining and quarrying 2 - Mining and Quarrying
10 - Mining of coal and lignite; extraction of peat 21 - Coal Mining
11 - Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas; service activities incidental to oil and gas extraction excluding surveying 22 - Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Production
12 - Mining of uranium and thorium ores 23 - Metal Ore Mining
13 - Mining of metal ores 29 - Other Mining
14 - Other mining and quarrying  
D - Manufacturing 3 - Manufacturing
15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages 31 - Manufacture of Food, Beverages and Tobacco
16 - Manufacture of tobacco products 32 - Textile, Wearing Apparel and Leather Industries
17 - Manufacture of textiles 33 - Manufacture of Wood and Wood Products, Including Furniture
18 - Manufacture of wearing apparel; dressing and dyeing of fur 34 - Manufacture of Paper and Paper Products, Printing and Publishing
19 - Tanning and dressing of leather; manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery, harness and footwear 35 - Manufacture of Chemicals and Chemical, Petroleum, Coal, Rubber and Plastic Products
20 - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials 36 - Manufacture of Non-Metallic Mineral Products, except Products of Petroleum and Coal
21 - Manufacture of paper and paper products 37 - Basic Metal Industries
22 - Publishing, printing and reproduction of recorded media 38 - Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products, Machinery and Equipment
23 - Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel 39 - Other Manufacturing Industries
24 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products  
25 - Manufacture of rubber and plastics products  
26 - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products  
27 - Manufacture of basic metals  
28 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment  
29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.  
30 - Manufacture of office, accounting and computing machinery  
31 - Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.  
32 - Manufacture of radio, television and communication equipment and apparatus  
33 - Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks  
34 - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers  
35 - Manufacture of other transport equipment  
36 - Manufacture of furniture; manufacturing n.e.c.  
37 - Recycling  
E - Electricity, gas and water supply 4 - Electricity, Gas and Water
40 - Electricity, gas, steam and hot water supply 41 - Electricity, Gas and Steam
41 - Collection, purification and distribution of water 42 - Water Works and Supply
F - Construction 5 - Construction
45 - Construction 50 - Construction
G - Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods 6 - Wholesale and Retail Trade and Restaurants and Hotels
50 - Sale, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; retail sale of automotive fuel 61 - Wholesale Trade
51 - Wholesale trade and commission trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 62 - Retail Trade
52 - Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles; repair of personal and household goods  
H - Hotels and restaurants  
55 - Hotels and restaurants 63 - Restaurants and Hotels
I - Transport, storage and communications 7 - Transport, Storage and Communication
60 - Land transport; transport via pipelines 71 - Transport and Storage
61 - Water transport 72 - Communication
62 - Air transport  
63 - Supporting and auxiliary transport activities; activities of travel agencies  
64 - Post and telecommunications  
J - Financial intermediation 8 - Financing, Insurance, Real Estate and Business Services
65 - Financial intermediation, except insurance and pension funding 81 - Financial Institutions
66 - Insurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security 82 - Insurance
67 - Activities auxiliary to financial intermediation  
K - Real estate, renting and business activities 83 - Real estate and Business Services
70 - Real estate activities  
71 - Renting of machinery and equipment without operator and of personal and household goods  
72 - Computer and related activities  
73 - Research and development  
74 - Other business activities  
L - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security  
75 - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security  
M - Education  
80 - Education  
N - Health and social work  
85 - Health and social work  
O - Other community, social and personal service activities 9 - Community, Social and Personal Services
90 - Sewage and refuse disposal, sanitation and similar activities 91 - Public Administration and Defence
91 - Activities of membership organizations n.e.c. 92 - Sanitary and Similar Services
92 - Recreational, cultural and sporting activities 93 - Social and Related Community Services
93 - Other service activities 94 - Recreational and Cultural Services
P - Private households with employed persons  
95 - Private households with employed persons 95 - Personal and Household Services
Q - Extra-territorial organizations and bodies  
99 - Extra-territorial organizations and bodies 96 - International and Other Extra-Territorial Bodies
  0 - Activities not Adequately Defined
  00 - Activities not adequately defined

Most countries do not report FDI data in ISIC Rev 3.0 and hence some adaptations have been made in Investment Map.

The main differences between Investment Map and ISIC Rev. 3.0 lie in the definitions of levels and the creation of additional residual categories, such as "Unspecified Secondary" or "Unspecified chemicals and chemical products" which have been introduced primarily in order to capture FDI data that cannot be classified accurately. For example, when a country only provides the total FDI data for the manufacturing sector, without any further breakdown, the data is allocated to industry "Unspecified Secondary".

Level 1 in Investment Map has been created in order to analyse the FDI and Trade data for the main sectors of the economy (see Table 2). For ease of use, economic acitivities are refered to as industries in Investment Map.

Table 2: Levels 1 and 2 of economic acitivities (industries) in Investment Map and equivalent ISIC Rev.3 code

Index ISIC Rev.3 code Level of aggregation Label (English)
1 0 Total (merchandise & services)
2 1 Unspecified Total (merchandise & services)
3 A-B-C 1 Primary
4 A 2 Agriculture and hunting
11 B 2 Forestry and Fishing (PRODUCTS)
15 C 2 Mining and quarrying
27 11 2 Petroleum
31 2 Unspecified primary
32 D 1 Secondary
33 15 2 Food,beverages and tobacco
42 17 2 Textiles, clothing and leather
52 20 2 Wood and wood products
58 22 2 Publishing, printing and reproduction of recorded media
63 23 2 Coke, petroleum products and nuclear fuel
68 24 2 Chemicals and chemical products
74 25 2 Rubber and plastic products
79 26 2 Non-metallic mineral products
83 27 2 Metal and metal products
91 29 2 Machinery and equipment
96 31 2 Electrical and electronic equipment
110 33 2 Precision instruments
115 34 2 Motor vehicles and other transport equipment
125 36 2 Other manufacturing
129 37 2 Recycling
134 2 Unspecified secondary
135 E-Q 1 Tertiary
136 40 2 Electricity, gas and water
142 45 2 Construction
149 G 2 Wholesale and retail trade
170 55 2 Hotels and restaurants
174 I 2 Transport, storage and communications
178 J 2 Finance
186 K 2 Business activities
209 75 2 Public administration and defence
214 80 2 Education
220 85 2 Health and social services
225 N 2 Community, social and personal service activities
236 93 2 Other services
238 2 Unspecified tertiary
236 2 Mixed goods (trade data)
237 2 Transportation services (trade data)
239 2 Other commercial services (trade data)
239 1 Unspecified total (merchandise trade)

The third level of economic activities and the labels of industries are available for download in Spanish and French in Excel format (size: 96 KB) and an Open Document format (size: 32 KB).

Data on trade in services in Investment Map presently cover the three broad categories of commercial services, defined by the IMF: travel services, transportation services and other commercial services. These three categories do not match with the ISIC nomenclature and have been consequently added as new industries in Level 2.