You are required to specify a SIC code when completing your confirmation statement for Companies House. SIC stands for Standard Industrial Classification. This article focuses on Section H of the SIC codes for Transportation and storage businesses. The SIC codes are divided into sections in alphabetical order, ranging from Section A to Section U.
The Office for National Statistics refers to these SIC codes as the UK SIC 2007 codes and use them to produce statistics.
Section H: SIC codes for transportation and storage
|49100||Passenger rail transport, interurban|
|49200||Freight rail transport|
|49311||Urban and suburban passenger railway transportation by underground, metro and similar systems|
|49319||Other urban, suburban or metropolitan passenger land transport (not underground, metro or similar)|
|49390||Other passenger land transport|
|49410||Freight transport by road|
|49500||Transport via pipeline|
|50100||Sea and coastal passenger water transport|
|50200||Sea and coastal freight water transport|
|50300||Inland passenger water transport|
|50400||Inland freight water transport|
|51101||Scheduled passenger air transport|
|51102||Non-scheduled passenger air transport|
|51210||Freight air transport|
|52101||Operation of warehousing and storage facilities for water transport activities|
|52102||Operation of warehousing and storage facilities for air transport activities|
|52103||Operation of warehousing and storage facilities for land transport activities|
|52211||Operation of rail freight terminals|
|52212||Operation of rail passenger facilities at railway stations|
|52213||Operation of bus and coach passenger facilities at bus and coach stations|
|52219||Other service activities incidental to land transportation, n.e.c.|
|52220||Service activities incidental to water transportation|
|52230||Service activities incidental to air transportation|
|52241||Cargo handling for water transport activities|
|52242||Cargo handling for air transport activities|
|52243||Cargo handling for land transport activities|
|52290||Other transportation support activities|
|53100||Postal activities under universal service obligation|
Choose the correct SIC codes for your business
You are required to specify at least one SIC code that closely represents your business activity when you complete your confirmation statement for Companies House.
For example, if you are in the business of cargo handling and you are using a limited company for these business activities, you would require to submit a confirmation statement to Companies House at least once every 12 months. You can submit your confirmation statement online or by post.
In your confirmation statement CS01 form, under the Standard Industrial Classification code, you would specify one or more the following codes which closely match your business activities.
- 52241 Cargo handling for water transport activities
- 52242 Cargo handling for air transport activities
- 52243 Cargo handling for land transport activities
SIC codes for other businesses not related to transportation and storage
Click here for a list of SIC codes for other business activities not listed above.
Disclose your business activity in your company accounts
You are also required to disclose your business activities in your company accounts. Usually, the disclosure is in the format of a description rather than using the SIC codes.
For example, you would write in your director’s report under Principal activities heading something like this.
“The principal activity of the company is that of cargo handling for air transport activities. There has been no change in the business activities during the year or since the balance sheet date. The director is of the view that the company is well-positioned for the future.”
The director’s report is part of your company accounts.
If you require help with your company’s filings with Companies House or HM Revenue and Customs, feel free to contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.