NAICS 3 Digit Subsector Code 492

Subsector 492

NAICS Subsector Code 492 – Couriers and Messengers

Definition of NAICS 3 Digit Subsector Code 492: Industries in the Couriers and Messengers subsector provide intercity, local, and/or international delivery of parcels and documents (including express delivery services) without operating under a universal service obligation. These articles may originate in the U.S. but be delivered to another country and can be described as those that may be handled by one person without using special equipment. This allows the collection, pick-up, and delivery operations to be done with limited labor costs and minimal equipment. Sorting and transportation activities, where necessary, are generally mechanized. The restriction to small parcels partly distinguishes these establishments from those in the transportation industries. The complete network of courier services establishments also distinguishes these transportation services from local messenger and delivery establishments in this subsector. This includes the establishments that perform intercity transportation as well as establishments that, under contract to them, perform local pick-up and delivery. Messengers, which usually deliver within a metropolitan or single urban area, may use bicycle, foot, small truck, or van.

Three Digit Subsector Breakdown for the North American Industry Classification System

NAICS codes are broken down by digit. The broadest description starts with the 2 digit sector codes. The 3 digit subsector codes are more specific, then the 4 digit industry group, 5 digit industry, and the most specific is the 6 digit NAICS code. If NAICS Subsector 492 does not describe the industry of the business in question, then select the largest applicable code below. From there, follow the progression of smaller digits to the larger digits in order to obtain the most specific 6 digit classification.

  • Sector 48-49: Transportation and Warehousing
    • Subsector 492: Couriers and Messengers
      • Industry Group 4921: Couriers and Express Delivery Services
        • Industry 49211: Couriers and Express Delivery Services
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 492110: Couriers and Express Delivery Services
      • Industry Group 4922: Local Messengers and Local Delivery
        • Industry 49221: Local Messengers and Local Delivery
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 492210: Local Messengers and Local Delivery

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NAICS 3 Digit Subsector Code 492