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KFS Commodity Codes

Commodity Codes Explained

Commodity Codes Explained

For Kuali Purchasing, UC Davis has adopted the UNSPSC set, with a few modifications.

Code Structure

The first thing to know about the UNSPSC set is that there is a hierarchical structure to it. To illustrate, let's look at the structure in the code for Toner, 44103103.

Level Code Title
Segment 44 Office Equipment and Accessories and Supplies
Family 4410 Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Class 441031 Printer and facsimile and photocopier supplies
Code 44103103 Toner

Why is this important to know? Well, now that you know the code for Toner, you can use the segment, family or class information to find related codes. For example, searching for 441031* will return all codes for printer, fax and copier supplies. Use this anytime you have a code that's in the right general area, but not exactly what you need.

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