Two basic classification systems are used for all products in packaging industry subject to trade. While the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding Systems, shortly the Harmonized System, is used for for detailed data, the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC Rev.4) is used for aggregated data.
The packaging industry is defined in sections 582, 635, 641, 642, 658, 665, 692, 699 and 892 according to the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC).
According to Armonize System, the definitions of the Packaging Industry Product which is based on the Harmonized System Codes (HS code) are given below.

3919 - Self-adhesive plates, sheets, film, foil, tape, strip and other flat shapes, of plastics, whether or not in rolls
3920 - Plastics; plates, sheets, film, foil and strip (not self-adhesive); non-cellular and not reinforced, laminated, supported or similarly combined with other materials, n.e.c. in chapter 39
3921 - Plastic plates, sheets, film, foil and strip n.e.c. in chapter 39
3923 - Plastic articles for the conveyance or packing of goods; stoppers, lids, caps and other closures of plastics
4415 - Packing cases, boxes, crates, drums and similar packings, of wood; cable-drums of wood; pallets, box pallets and other load boards, of wood; pallet collars of wood
4416 - Casks, barrels, vats, tubs and other coopers' products and parts thereof, of wood, including staves
4804 - Uncoated kraft paper and paperboard, in rolls or sheets, other than that of heading no. 4802 or 4803
4805 - Uncoated paper and paperboard n.e.c., in rolls or sheets
4806 - Vegetable parchment, greaseproof papers, tracing papers, glassine and other glazed transparent or translucent papers, in rolls or sheets
4807 - Composite paper and paperboard, (made by sticking layers together with an adhesive), not surface-coated or impregnated, whether or not internally reinforced, in rolls or sheets
4808 - Paper and paperboard, corrugated (with or without glued flat surface sheets), creped, crinkled, embossed or perforated, in rolls or sheets other than paper of the kind described in heading 4803
4811 - Paper, paperboard, cellulose wadding and webs of cellulose fibres, coated, impregnated, covered, surface-coloured, decorated or printed, rolls or sheets, other than goods of heading no. 4803, 4809, or 4810
4817 - Envelopes, letter cards, plain postcards and correspondence cards, of paper, paperboard; boxes, pouches, wallets and writing compendiums, of paper or paperboard containing assortment of paper stationery
4819 - Cartons, boxes, cases, bags and the like, of paper, paperboard, cellulose wadding or fibres; box files, letter trays and the like, of paper or paperboard, of a kind used in offices, shops or the like
4821 - Labels of each kind from paper and cardboard
Paper or paperboard labels of all kinds, whether or not printed
4823 - Paper, paperboard, cellulose wadding and webs of cellulose fibres; cut to size or shape, articles of paper pulp, paper and paper-board, cellulose wadding or webs of cellulose fibres, n.e.c. in chapter 48
6305 - Sacks and bags, of a kind used for the packing of goods
7010 - Carboys, bottles, flasks, jars, pots, phials, ampoules, containers of glass of a kind used for the conveyance or packing of goods; preserving jars of glass; stoppers, lids and other closures of glass
7309 - Reservoirs, tanks, vats and similar containers; for any material (excluding compressed or liquefied gas), of iron or steel, capacity exceeding 300l, whether or not lined or heat insulated
7310 - Tanks, casks, drums, cans, boxes and similar containers, for any material (excluding compressed or liquefied gas), of iron or steel, capacity not exceeding 300l, whether or not lined or heat-insulated
7612 - Aluminium casks, drums, cans, boxes etc (including rigid, collapsible tubular containers), for materials other than compressed, liquefied gas, 300l capacity or less, lined, heat-insulated or not
7613 - Aluminium; containers for compressed or liquefied gas
8309 - Stoppers, caps, lids (including crown corks, screw caps, pouring stoppers); capsules for bottles, threaded bungs, bung covers, seals and other packaging accessories, of base metal

Factors that have contributed to growth in the packaging industry sector include urbanization, construction and housing investments, the developing healthcare sector, and rapid growth in emerging economies such as Brazil, China, India and some Eastern European countries. Increases in consumable personal income in developing regions increase consumption and the demand for packaging increases as a result of increased consumption. For example, the increase in demand for white goods, such as laundry and dishwashers, due to time pressure on consumers, increases not only the demand for packaging that is required for the packaging of these items but also the demand for home care products required for the operation of these machines, and therefore the demand for packaging for these products.
World packaging industry exports in 2015 have been around 261 billion dollars. It decreased by 9% compared to the previous year. 57% of the world's packaging exports are made up of plastic packaging and 30% of paper-cardboard packaging. Other packaging product groups exported in sequence; metal, glass and wood packaging. The world's largest packaging exporter and importer countries are China, Germany, USA, Italy, Japan and France.



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