NAICS code

The North American Industry Classification abbreviated as “NAICS” is a code used in the United States, Canada and Mexico for classification and the measurement of the economic activity in these countries. It is a standard 6 digit code which is used for industry classification by federal statistical agencies. NAICS is a standard industrial classification code, and it is used very extensively for the purposes of auditing, identifying government contracts, analysis and the presentation of data and so on.

NAICS sectors are listed below:

  • 51  -  Information
  • 44-45 – retail Trade
  • 61-Educational services

SIC versus NAICS



Includes 1004 industries

Includes 1170 industries

Low intensity industry activity classification

High intensity industry activity classification

Not frequently updated

Updated every 5 years

Cannot be be seamlessly converted to NAICS code

Can be converted to SIC’s code

Lacks current industry information

Has current industry information

Importance of NAICS Codes:

  • The customers are identified by an industry code which is NAICS
  • A lot of applications and forms ask for an NAICS code.
  • An NAICS code is mandatory, if you plan to solicit your work from a governmental body.
  • To identify private and public competitors.
  • With changes and modification in the business revenue, the NAICS code should be updated.
  • Offers a very cost-friendly, user-friendly, and comprehensive business directory in the world.

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NAICS Classification Examples:

Example 1:  Southern Steel & Supply, LLC



Wholesale Trade



Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods

Industry Group


Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers



Industrial Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers

U.S. Industry


Industrial Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers

Non-English Example 2:  Mastretta Guzman Comunicacion, S A De C V






Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing

Industry Group


Communications Equipment Manufacturing



Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing

U.S. Industry


Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing

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