What is a NATO Stock Number?
The NATO Stock Number is used to identify individual items within the Supply Chain. It
is a 13-digit number that is used to order and track items i.e. 5306-99-123-4567
- Classification is the NATO Supply Classification which is the Group and Class
that the item sits in. The Groups and Classes are listed in the ACodP2.
- The Country Codes identifies the country that has codified the item. e.g. 99
tells us that this is a UK item which means that the design rights of the item
lie in the UK.
- The last seven digits are randomly assigned to the item.
Why get your products NATO Codified?
The easy answer is that having your products listed against a NATO Stock Number (NSN)
puts that item in the shop window, viewed by over 60 Nations Defence Logistics
When is a new NATO Stock Number required?
A new NSN is required for an item of supply if it is new to the supply chain and is a
different fit, form and function from any other item of supply.
How much does NATO Codification cost?
We offer FREE codification for MOD Owned Equipment. To be eligible for free
codification you must work for UK MOD or work on behalf of UK MOD under a contractual
arrangement. For further information please refer to our dedicated web page for 'Codification for MOD Owned
Alternatively, we have a range of Commercial Codification Packages to meet your needs.
Please refer to our service comparison table
below for further information.
Is NATO Codification Free to Ministry Of Defence?
In line with this policy, we offer FREE codification for MOD Owned Equipment. To be
eligible for free codification you must work for UK MOD or work on behalf of UK MOD
under a contractual arrangement. For further information please refer to our dedicated
web page for 'Codification for MOD Owned
What is an NCAGE Code?
An NCAGE Code is a NATO Commercial and Government Entity Code. It is a five character
code which holds (on CSIS) a Manufacturer/Supplier/Project Team/Service Provider’s
Why is an NCAGE Code required?
Anyone who sells, supplies, submits codification requests or provides a service to the
MOD must have a valid NCAGE Code. The NCAGE Codes identifies the supplier, seller or
service provider of individual items and is also used (in some cases) for payment
How do I resolve SAM Registration Issues?
Our team are ready and waiting to resolve this for you, we offer a bespoke service to
help resolve SAM registration problems for a small administraion fee. Please refer to
the Solve Sam
page for further information.
How do I get access to CSIS?
Please contact the CSIS Service Desk by email to: email@example.com
telephone 01173 170699
. The CSIS search tool is available to all MOD
personnel free of charge and can also be made available to authorised
industry partners for a subscription fee.
How do I search CSIS for items that are already codified?
This is called ‘screening the database’. This is done using the item’s part number. A
done of every item put up for codification to ensure no item is codified twice so
items on CSIS.
How do I search for multiple items on CSIS Search Tool?
Can Foreign NATO Stock Numbers be seen on CSIS search tool?
Any Foreign NATO Stock Number with registered UK interest will be visible on CSIS
search tool. The addition of UK interest to a Foreign NSN can be requested through an
E-tasking Post Codification request.
How do I search for Foreign NATO Stock Numbers?
Foreign numbers are recognised by the country code. Anything other than 99 is not a UK
item. First search would be on CSIS search tool to see if the item is there i.e. has ‘UK
User Interest’ been added. If the item is not on CSIS then the next search would be on
the NMCRL. This is the NATO database which contains all active NATO Stock Numbers from
all participating nations. The NMCRL can be accessed by subscription: http://www.nato.int/structur/AC/135/main/links/nmcrl_plus-e.htm