SIC Codes - Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes

What is a SIC Code ?

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes are four digit numerical codes assigned by the U.S. government to business establishments to identify the primary business of the establishment. The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) is a system for classifying industries by a four-digit code. Established in the United States in 1937, it is used by government agencies to classify industry areas. The classification was developed to facilitate the collection, presentation and analysis of data; and to promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies and private organizations. The classification covers all economic activities.

The SIC system arrays the economy into 11 divisions, that are divided into 83 2-digit major groups, that are further subdivided into 416 3-digit industry groups, and finally disaggregated into 1,005 4-digit industries. In the United States the SIC code is being supplanted by the six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS code), which was released in 1997; however certain government departments and agencies, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), still use the SIC codes.

The SIC system is also used by agencies in other countries, e.g., by the United Kingdom's Companies House.

SIC Code Title
26 Paper and Allied Products
2611 Pulp Mills
261100 Pulp mills
26110000 Pulp mills
261101 Pulp mills, chemical and semichemical processing
26110100 Pulp mills, chemical and semichemical processing
26110101 Kraft (sulfate) pulp
26110103 Soda pulp
261102 Pulp mills, dissolving pulp processing
26110200 Pulp mills, dissolving pulp processing
261103 Pulp mills, mechanical and recycling processing
26110300 Pulp mills, mechanical and recycling processing
26110301 Mechanical pulp, including groundwood and thermomechanical
26110302 Pulp manufactured from waste or recycled paper
261199 Pulp mills, nec
26119901 Pulp made from rags, bagassse, hemp, or other fiber base
26119902 Pulp produced from non-wood fiber base, nec
26119903 Pulp produced from wood base, nec
2621 Paper Mills
262100 Paper mills
26210000 Paper mills
262101 Towels, tissues and napkins; paper and stock
26210100 Towels, tissues and napkins; paper and stock
26210101 Cleansing paper
26210102 Creping tissue
26210103 Facial tissue stock
26210104 Napkin stock, paper
26210105 Pattern tissue
26210106 Sanitary tissue paper
26210107 Tissue paper
26210108 Toilet tissue stock
26210109 Toweling tissue (paper)
262102 Parchment, securites, and bank note papers
26210200 Parchment, securites, and bank note papers
26210201 Bank note paper
26210202 Parchment paper
26210203 Securites paper
262103 Specialty or chemically treated papers
26210300 Specialty or chemically treated papers
26210301 Absorbent paper
26210303 Capacitor paper
26210304 Cigarette paper
26210306 Filter paper
26210307 Milk filter disks
26210308 Specialty papers
26210309 Waterproof paper
262104 Book, bond and printing papers
26210400 Book, bond and printing papers
26210401 Bond paper
26210402 Book paper
26210403 Lithograph paper
26210405 Offset paper
26210406 Printing paper
26210408 Text paper
262105 Poster and art papers
26210500 Poster and art papers
26210501 Art paper
26210502 Bristols
26210503 Construction paper
26210504 Poster paper
262106 Stationary, envelope and tablet papers
26210600 Stationary, envelope and tablet papers
26210601 Business form paper
26210602 Card paper
26210603 Copy paper
26210604 Envelope paper
26210605 Greeting card paper
26210606 Papeteries
26210607 Tablet paper
26210608 Writing paper
262107 Catalog, magazine, and newsprint papers
26210700 Catalog, magazine, and newsprint papers
26210701 Catalog paper
26210702 Cover paper
26210703 Magazine paper
26210704 Newsprint paper
262108 Wrapping and packaging papers
26210800 Wrapping and packaging papers
26210801 Bag paper
26210802 Glassine wrapping paper
26210803 Greaseproof wrapping paper
26210804 Kraft wrapping paper
26210806 Packaging paper
26210807 Shipping sack paper
26210808 Wrapping paper
262109 Building and roofing paper, felts and insulation siding
26210900 Building and roofing paper, felts and insulation siding
26210902 Asbestos paper
26210903 Asphalt paper, laminated
26210904 Building paper and felts, nec
26210905 Building paper, insulation
26210908 Felts, building
26210909 Insulation siding, paper
26210912 Saturated felts
26210913 Tar paper, building/roofing
262110 Pressed and molded pulp and fiber products
26211000 Pressed and molded pulp and fiber products
26211002 Lath, fiber
26211003 Molded pulp products
26211004 Pressed pulp products
26211005 Tube stock
262199 Paper mills, nec
26219901 Fine paper
26219902 Kraft paper
26219903 Rope or jute paper
26219904 Uncoated paper
26219905 Wallpaper (hanging paper)
2631 Paperboard Mills
263100 Paperboard mills
26310000 Paperboard mills
263101 Linerboard
26310100 Linerboard
26310102 Kraft linerboard
263102 Innersole and shoe board
26310200 Innersole and shoe board
263103 Container, packaging, and boxboard
26310300 Container, packaging, and boxboard
26310301 Boxboard
26310302 Container board
26310303 Corrugating medium
26310304 Folding boxboard
26310305 Packaging board
26310306 Setup boxboard
263104 Coated and treated board
26310400 Coated and treated board
26310401 Automobile board
26310402 Clay coated board
26310403 Coated paperboard
26310404 Food board, special
26310405 Latex board
26310406 Leatherboard
26310408 Matrix board
26310409 Milk carton board
26310411 Pressboard
26310412 Specialty board
26310413 Transformer board
263105 Cardboard, tagboard, and strawboard
26310500 Cardboard, tagboard, and strawboard
26310501 Cardboard
26310502 Stencil board
26310503 Strawboard
26310504 Tagboard
263199 Paperboard mills, nec
26319901 Binders' board
26319902 Chip board
26319903 Newsboard
2652 Setup Paperboard Boxes
265200 Setup paperboard boxes
26520000 Setup paperboard boxes
265299 Setup paperboard boxes, nec
26529901 Boxes, newsboard, metal edged: made from purchased materials
26529902 Filing boxes, paperboard: made from purchased materials
2653 Corrugated and Solid Fiber Boxes
265300 Corrugated and solid fiber boxes
26530000 Corrugated and solid fiber boxes
265301 Corrugated boxes, partitions, display items, sheets, and pad
26530100 Corrugated boxes, partitions, display items, sheets, and pad
26530101 Boxes, corrugated: made from purchased materials
26530102 Display items, corrugated: made from purchased materials
26530103 Hampers, corrugated: made from purchased materials
26530104 Pads, corrugated: made from purchased materials
26530105 Pallets, corrugated: made from purchased materials
26530106 Partitions, corrugated: made from purchased materials
26530107 Sheets, corrugated: made from purchased materials
265302 Solid fiber boxes, partitions, display items, and sheets
26530200 Solid fiber boxes, partitions, display items, and sheets
26530201 Boxes, solid fiber: made from purchased materials
26530202 Display items, solid fiber: made from purchased materials
26530203 Hampers, solid fiber: made from purchased materials
26530204 Pads, solid fiber: made from purchased materials
26530205 Pallets, solid fiber: made from purchased materials
26530206 Partitions, solid fiber: made from purchased materials
26530207 Sheets, solid fiber: made from purchased materials
2655 Fiber Cans, Drums, and Similar Products
265500 Fiber cans, drums, and similar products
26550000 Fiber cans, drums, and similar products
265501 Fiber spools, tubes, and cones
26550100 Fiber spools, tubes, and cones
26550101 Cones, fiber: made from purchased material
26550102 Spools, fiber: made from purchased material
26550103 Tubes, fiber or paper: made from purchased material
26550104 Tubes, for chemical or electrical uses: paper or fiber
265502 Fiber cans, drums, and containers
26550200 Fiber cans, drums, and containers
26550201 Bottles, paper fiber: made from purchased material
26550202 Boxes, vulcanized fiber: made from purchased material
26550203 Cans, composite: foil-fiber and other: from purchased fiber
26550204 Cans, fiber: made from purchased material
26550205 Containers, laminated phenolic and vulcanized fiber
26550206 Containers, liquid tight fiber: from purchased material
26550207 Drums, fiber: made from purchased material
265503 Fiber shipping and mailing containers
26550300 Fiber shipping and mailing containers
26550301 Cases, mailing: made from purchased material
26550302 Hampers, shipping (vulcanized fiber): purchased material
26550303 Tubes, mailing: made from purchased paper fiber
265504 Fiber cores, reels, and bobbins
26550400 Fiber cores, reels, and bobbins
26550401 Bobbins, fiber: made from purchased material
26550402 Bobbins, textile spinning: made from purchased fiber
26550403 Cores, fiber: made from purchased material
26550404 Reels (fiber), textile: made from purchased material
265599 Fiber cans, drums, and similar products, nec
26559901 Ammunition cans or tubes, board laminated with metal foil
26559902 Pans and voids, fiber or cardboard: from purchased material
26559903 Ribbon blocks, fiber: made from purchased material
26559904 Wastebaskets, fiber: made from purchased material
2656 Sanitary Food Containers
265600 Sanitary food containers
26560000 Sanitary food containers
265601 Paper cups, plates, dishes, and utensils
26560100 Paper cups, plates, dishes, and utensils
26560101 Cups, paper: made from purchased material
26560102 Dishes, paper: made from purchased material
26560103 Plates, paper: made from purchased material
26560104 Straws, drinking: made from purchased material
26560105 Utensils, paper: made from purchased material
265602 Frozen food and ice cream containers
26560200 Frozen food and ice cream containers
26560201 Frozen food containers: made from purchased material
26560202 Ice cream containers: made from purchased material
265603 Food containers (liquid tight), including milk cartons
26560300 Food containers (liquid tight), including milk cartons
26560301 Cartons, milk: made from purchased material
2657 Folding Paperboard Boxes
265700 Folding paperboard boxes
26570000 Folding paperboard boxes
265799 Folding paperboard boxes, nec
26579901 Food containers, folding: made from purchased material
26579902 Paperboard backs for blister or skin packages
2671 Paper; Coated and Laminated Packaging
267100 Paper; coated and laminated packaging
26710000 Paper; coated and laminated packaging
267199 Paper; coated and laminated packaging, nec
26719901 Bread wrappers, waxed or laminated: purchased material
26719902 Paper, coated or laminated for packaging
26719903 Plastic film, coated or laminated for packaging
26719904 Resinous impregnated paper for packaging
26719905 Thermoplastic coated paper for packaging
26719906 Waxed paper: made from purchased material
26719907 Wrapping paper, waterproof or coated
2672 Paper; Coated and Laminated, Nec
267200 Paper; coated and laminated, nec
26720000 Paper; coated and laminated, nec
267201 Chemically treated papers, made from purchased materials
26720100 Chemically treated papers, made from purchased materials
26720101 Condenser paper: made from purchased paper
26720102 Enameled paper: made from purchased paper
26720103 Fly paper: made from purchased materials
26720104 Litmus paper: made from purchased materials
26720105 Metallic covered paper: made from purchased materials
26720106 Oiled paper: made from purchased materials
26720107 Soap impregnated papers and paper washcloths
26720109 Thermoplastic coated paper: made from purchased materials
26720110 Transfer paper, gold or silver: from purchased materials
267202 Adhesive papers, labels, or tapes: from purchased material
26720200 Adhesive papers, labels, or tapes: from purchased material
26720201 Adhesive backed films, foams and foils
26720202 Cellophane adhesive tape: made from purchased materials
26720203 Gummed paper: made from purchased materials
26720204 Gummed tape, cloth or paper base: from purchased materials
26720205 Labels (unprinted), gummed: made from purchased materials
26720206 Masking tape: made from purchased materials
26720207 Tape, pressure sensitive: made from purchased materials
267299 Paper; coated and laminated, nec, nec
26729901 Book paper, coated: made from purchased materials
26729902 Cloth lined paper: made from purchased paper
26729903 Coated paper, except photographic, carbon, or abrasive
26729904 Eyelets, cloth or paper: made from purchased materials
26729905 Glazed paper, except photographic, carbon, or abrasive
2673 Bags: Plastic, Laminated, and Coated
267300 Bags: plastic, laminated, and coated
26730000 Bags: plastic, laminated, and coated
267301 Garment and wardrobe bags, (plastic film)
26730100 Garment and wardrobe bags, (plastic film)
26730101 Garment bags (plastic film): made from purchased materials
26730102 Wardrobe bags (closet accessories): from purchased materials
267302 Food storage and trash bags (plastic)
26730200 Food storage and trash bags (plastic)
26730201 Food storage and frozen food bags, plastic
26730202 Trash bags (plastic film): made from purchased materials
267303 Plastic and pliofilm bags
26730300 Plastic and pliofilm bags
26730301 Plastic bags: made from purchased materials
26730302 Pliofilm bags: made from purchased materials
267399 Bags: plastic, laminated, and coated, nec
26739901 Cellophane bags, unprinted: made from purchased materials
2674 Bags: Uncoated Paper and Multiwall
267400 Bags: uncoated paper and multiwall
26740000 Bags: uncoated paper and multiwall
267401 Shipping and shopping bags or sacks
26740100 Shipping and shopping bags or sacks
26740101 Grocers' bags: made from purchased materials
26740102 Shipping bags or sacks, including multiwall and heavy duty
26740103 Shopping bags: made from purchased materials
267499 Bags: uncoated paper and multiwall, nec
26749901 Cement bags: made from purchased materials
26749902 Flour bags: made from purchased materials
26749904 Mothproof bags: made from purchased materials
26749905 Paper bags: made from purchased materials
26749906 Vacuum cleaner bags: made from purchased materials
2675 Die-cut Paper and Board
267500 Die-cut paper and board
26750000 Die-cut paper and board
267501 Cardboard cut-outs, panels, and foundations: die-cut
26750100 Cardboard cut-outs, panels, and foundations: die-cut
26750101 Cutouts, cardboard, die-cut: from purchased materials
26750102 Foundations, cardboard, die-cut: from purchased materials
26750103 Panels, cardboard, die-cut: made from purchased materials
26750104 Waterproof cardboard: made from purchased materials
267502 Cards, folders, and mats: die-cut
26750200 Cards, folders, and mats: die-cut
26750201 Cards: die-cut and unprinted: made from purchased materials
26750202 Folders, filing, die-cut: made from purchased materials
26750203 Index cards, die-cut: made from purchased materials
26750205 Library cards, die-cut: from purchased materials
26750206 Manila folders
26750207 Photographic mats, mounts, and folders
26750208 Tabulating and time cards, die-cut: purchased paperboard
267503 Stencils and lettering materials: die-cut
26750300 Stencils and lettering materials: die-cut
26750302 Letters, cardboard, die-cut: from purchased materials
26750303 Stencil board, die-cut: made from purchased materials
26750304 Stencil cards, die-cut: made from purchased materials
267504 Food container products and parts, from die-cut paper
26750400 Food container products and parts, from die-cut paper
26750401 Bottle caps and tops, die-cut: from purchased materials
26750402 Egg cartons, die-cut: made from purchased materials
26750403 Egg case fillers and flats, die-cut: purchased materials
26750404 Milk filter disks, die-cut: made from purchased materials
267599 Die-cut paper and board, nec
26759901 Chip board, pasted, die-cut: from purchased materials
26759902 Cutouts, paper or paperboard: made from purchased materials
26759903 Liners for freight car doors: reinforced with metal strip
26759905 Paper die-cutting
26759906 Paperboard die-cutting
2676 Sanitary Paper Products
267600 Sanitary paper products
26760000 Sanitary paper products
267601 Towels, napkins, and tissue paper products
26760100 Towels, napkins, and tissue paper products
26760101 Cleansing tissues: made from purchased paper
26760102 Facial tissues: made from purchased paper
26760103 Napkins, paper: made from purchased paper
26760104 Toilet paper: made from purchased paper
26760105 Towels, paper: made from purchased paper
267602 Feminine hygiene paper products
26760200 Feminine hygiene paper products
26760201 Napkins, sanitary: made from purchased paper
26760202 Panty liners: made from purchased paper
26760203 Tampons, sanitary: made from purchased paper
267603 Infant and baby paper products
26760300 Infant and baby paper products
26760301 Diapers, paper (disposable): made from purchased paper
2677 Envelopes
267700 Envelopes
26770000 Envelopes
2678 Stationery Products
267800 Stationery products
26780000 Stationery products
267801 Memorandum books, notebooks, and looseleaf filler paper
26780100 Memorandum books, notebooks, and looseleaf filler paper
26780101 Looseleaf fillers or ream paper in filler sizes
26780102 Memorandum books, except printed: purchased materials
26780103 Notebooks: made from purchased paper
267802 Tablets and pads
26780200 Tablets and pads
26780201 Desk pads, paper: made from purchased materials
26780202 Newsprint tablets and pads: made from purchased materials
26780203 Tablets and pads, book and writing: from purchased materials
26780204 Tablets, correspondence type: made from purchased materials
267803 Papeteries and writing paper sets
26780300 Papeteries and writing paper sets
26780301 Papeteries: made from purchased materials
26780302 Stationery: made from purchased materials
26780303 Writing paper and envelopes: made from purchased materials
2679 Converted Paper Products, Nec
267900 Converted paper products, nec
26790000 Converted paper products, nec
267901 Pressed fiber and molded pulp products, except food products
26790100 Pressed fiber and molded pulp products, except food products
26790101 Conduits, fiber (pressed pulp): from purchased material
26790102 Pallet spacers, fiber: made from purchased material
26790103 Papier mache articles, except statuary and art goods
26790104 Pipes and fittings, fiber: made from purchased material
267902 Food dishes and utensils, from pressed and molded pulp
26790200 Food dishes and utensils, from pressed and molded pulp
26790201 Cups, pressed and molded pulp: made from purchased material
26790202 Dishes, pressed and molded pulp: from purchased material
26790203 Egg cartons, molded pulp: made from purchased material
26790205 Plates, pressed and molded pulp: from purchased material
26790206 Utensils, pressed and molded pulp: from purchased material
267903 Wallpaper
26790300 Wallpaper
26790301 Wallpaper, embossed plastic: made on textile backing
26790302 Wallpaper: made from purchased paper
267904 Tags and labels, paper
26790400 Tags and labels, paper
26790401 Labels, paper: made from purchased material
26790402 Tags, paper (unprinted): made from purchased paper
267905 Gift wrap and novelties, paper
26790500 Gift wrap and novelties, paper
26790501 Confetti: made from purchased material
26790502 Crepe paper or crepe paper products: purchased material
26790503 Doilies, paper: made from purchased material
26790504 Gift wrap, paper: made from purchased material
26790505 Hats, paper novelties: made from purchased paper
26790506 Novelties, paper: made from purchased material
267906 Telegraph, teletype, and adding machine paper
26790600 Telegraph, teletype, and adding machine paper
26790601 Adding machine rolls, paper: made from purchased material
26790602 Telegraph tape, paper: made from purchased material
26790603 Teletypewriter paper, rolls with carbon
267907 Building, insulating, and packaging paper
26790700 Building, insulating, and packaging paper
26790701 Building paper, laminated: made from purchased material
26790702 Corrugated paper: made from purchased material
26790704 Insulating paper: batts, fills, and blankets
26790705 Wall tile, enameled masonite: made from purchased material
26790706 Wrappers, paper (unprinted): made from purchased material
267908 Building, insulating, and packaging paperboard
26790800 Building, insulating, and packaging paperboard
26790801 Foil board: made from purchased material
26790802 Honeycomb core and board: made from purchased material
26790803 Wallboard, decorated: made from purchased material
267909 Cardboard products, except die-cut
26790900 Cardboard products, except die-cut
26790901 Cardboard: pasted, laminated, lined, or surface coated
26790902 Fuel cell forms, cardboard: made from purchased material
267999 Converted paper products, nec, nec
26799901 Book covers, paper
26799902 Filter paper: made from purchased material
26799903 Paper products, converted, nec
26799904 Paperboard products, converted, nec
26799905 Pin tickets, paper: made from purchased paper
26799906 Pressed and molded pulp products, nec: purchased material
26799907 Pressed fiber products from wood pulp: from purchased goods
 

What are SIC Codes used for?

  • The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) uses SIC codes when sorting company filings.
  • Companies that operate in a certain industry use a specific SIC code when filing with the SEC so that the type of business is properly identified.
  • Identifying government contracts by their SIC description.
  • To facilitate the collection, presentation, and analysis of data.
  • To promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies, and private organizations.

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Why are SIC Codes important?

  • Your SIC code is often asked for on various applications and forms.
  • SIC Codes organize industries utilizing a numerical system that defines a business according to its highest revenue source at a particular location.
  • SIC Codes allow the gathering and analysis of data quickly and efficiently.
  • By identifying your company’s SIC Code, eligibility for government contracts may be realized.
  • To identify competitors, public and private.

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How to Read a SIC Code ?

For Example :

Division 20-39 Manufacturing
Major Group 25 Furniture and Fixtures
Industry Group 25 Office Furniture
Industry 2521 Wood Office Furniture

The first two digits of the code identify the major industry group, the third digit identifies the industry group and the fourth digit identifies the industry.

( Note: The digit "9" is used in the third or fourth digit position of the classification code to designate miscellaneous industries not elsewhere classified (NEC). These miscellaneous classifications are not comprised of homogeneous primary activity groups. They are grouped together and treated as a separate industry in order to retain the homogeneity of the other industries in the group. )