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Business of Beauty: A Resource Guide

Trade Data

Trade data is another part of understanding the industry. Internationally the Harmonized System (HS) External and the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC) External are both necessary. Here are just a few that you will need to know but there are others.

Standard International Trade Classification (SITC)

  • Group: 553 - Perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (excluding soaps)
  • 553.1 Perfumes and toilet waters
  • 553.2 Beauty or make-up preparations for the care of the skin (other than medicaments), including sunscreen or suntan preparations; manicure or pedicure preparations
  • 553.3 Preparations for use on the hair
  • 553.4 Preparations for oral or dental hygiene, including denture fixative pastes and powders
  • 553.5 Pre-shave, shaving or aftershave preparations, personal deodorants, bath preparations, depilatories and other perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations, n.e. s.; prepared room deodorizers, whether or not perfumed or having disinfectant properties

Harmonized Code

  • 3303 Perfumes and toilet waters
  • 3304 Beauty, make-up & skin-care prep, manicure etc.
  • 3305 Preparations for use on the hair
  • 3306 Preparations for oral or dental hygiene,
  • 3307 Personal toilet etc prep nesoi, shaving, bath etc.

Electronic Resources for Trade Data

The subscription resources marked with a padlock  are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress.  If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.