I am looking at some US statistics and I have found this abbreviation, with this explanation (pdf) in the subtext.

NSPF - Not specifically provided for.

The context is a list of US trading codes.


I could not find a better description on the internet, so I am asking you what meaning you give "not specifically provided for".

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    The phrase seems quite self-explanatory to me. What specifically is confusing you?
    – Urbycoz
    Feb 6, 2012 at 15:02
  • I am not a native English speaker and for me is not. What is not provided for? Feb 6, 2012 at 19:21

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It means you may use the trading code, but only when there is no other trading code that more closely matches the commodity.

Other ways of expressing “not specifically provided for”:

  • not elsewhere specified or indicated
  • miscellaneous
  • uncategorized
  • catch-all
  • other
  • So, if you had >6.8KG of Frozen Haddock instead of Cod, and there wasn't a specific code for Frozen Haddock, then you could use this code instead.
    – Phoenix
    Feb 6, 2012 at 15:56
  • It would not be right to use the catch-all code for frozen cod if (i) what you produce is not cod, or (ii) what you produce is a closer match to a different code that that describes a specific frozen cod product. It complicates matters that haddock is sometimes called cod and sold as cod.
    – MetaEd
    Feb 6, 2012 at 17:17
  • Actually there is a lot of NSPF for haddock as well. I guess, as @MetaEd was saying, that this is intended for whatever cannot be more precisely put in other categories. The strange thing is the volumes of NSPF present in this taxonomy, compared with others, which have a tree system and you have special container for "others". The confusion is mine. Thanks everybody. Feb 6, 2012 at 19:32
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    Which is why I said "and there wasn't a specific code for Frozen Haddock," then you should use the one for cod or some other groundfished fish.
    – Phoenix
    Feb 6, 2012 at 20:35
  • Perfectly localized.
    – Kris
    Feb 7, 2012 at 4:16

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