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What is the UNSPSC code?

The UN Standard Product and Service Code (UNSPSC) is a universal product and service classification system. Buyers and sellers can use this standard instead of looking for product information in individual providers' catalogs.

Earlier, a clear picture of expenditures could not be obtained due to the complexity of the spend analysis procedure and its inability to be readily scaled. Moving to a structured taxonomy, UNSPSC was the apparent solution to the problem of inconsistent classification systems. The UNSPSC framework utilizes a multi-tiered categorization system using the terms Segment, Family, Class, Commodity, and Business Function.

The code set may be accessed in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. Hungarian is also one of the supported languages.

Advantages of Using UNSPSC

  • More transparent and integrated reporting of spending by commodity
  • End users to have an easier time navigating by commodity to identify things that need to be requisitioned
  • Streamlined processes for submitting catalogs and categorizing items (suppliers often identify their products by UNSPSC)
  • Workload distribution to be made more equitable by category managers
  • Simplified alignment of Intrastat codes to HS TARIC categories

In 1998, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Dun & Bradstreet Corporation collaborated to create the UNSPSC. In its current form, it has more than 22,000 separate words.

Using the UNSPSC's unified international categorization system, individuals may do the following:

  • Fully utilize eCommerce capabilities
  • View a comprehensive expenditure analysis
  • Ensure cost-effective purchases

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