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This product represents the entire database of industrial commodity production statistics covering the period 1950-2013, and contains the statistics available to the United Nations Statistics Division up to 1 November 2015.

Note: Not all series are available starting in 1950. Availability breaks down as follows:
- energy commodities (total: 26) - available from 1950
- food, wood, paper commodities (total: 31) - available from 1961
- other industrial commodities (total: 643) - available from 1970
- for the new List (total: 415) - available from 1995 based on the List of 595 commodities,
  revised in 2003 and first used in the 2004 data collection cycle

Like for previous periods, data for the time-period 2004-2013 are also available in print form in the 2013 Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook, prepared by the Economic Statistics and Classifications Section, Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Secretariat.


The Industrial Commodity Production Statistics Database can be ordered from the United Nations Publications website here.


In principle, production data refer to the total industrial production, measured as production sold, of each commodity during the year indicated and within the national boundaries of each country or territory. The data should thus include: a) the production of industrial establishments for which the commodity is a primary product; and b) the production of industrial establishments for which it is a secondary product. Unless otherwise stated in the footnotes, production by non-industrial establishments, such as farm production of dairy products, is excluded.


The data are collected and presented according to an agreed List of Industrial Products. This List was revised in 2003 and data for the period 1995-2013 are collected for a different set of commodities than for previous years. For this reason, and to avoid confusion, data are presented in two separate MS Access databases, one for the period of 1950-2003 and one for the period 1995-2013. Some commodities (about 1/3 of total number) are included in both product lists and thus in both databases.

Data for 1950-2003

The selection of industrial commodities in this period is based on a list of products and materials prepared by the Statistics Division for the 1973 World Programme of Industrial Statistics. Definitions of commodities are provided in an Access table named "tICommodity_1950-2003" and can be accessed on the Industry Statistics website here. These definitions are based largely on the description of related items of the Brussels Tariff Nomenclature (BTN).

The coding of the commodities is based on the codes of the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC), Revision 2. The first four digits of the six-digit code number relate to the pertinent ISIC industry group of which the commodity is a principal product. The remaining two digits indicate the position of the item within the set of commodities pertaining to this industry group. In a few cases, however, a seventh digit has been introduced to provide more detail for a given commodity than the aforementioned list of selected products and materials would allow. As a result, the data previously shown under "Copper, refined", for example, have now been broken down to supply additional information on the production of primary and secondary refined copper separately. As a rule, where two or more units of measurement are recommended, the series are differentiated by the use of capital letters "A", "B", etc. following the basic code. In a few cases, however, these letters also relate to the components of a given item. Where the code for a commodity contains letter "M", the data are shown in terms of metal content of metal-bearing ores and concentrates.

Data for 1995-2013

For this period, the selection of products in the UN List of Industrial Products was revised to include products that are more descriptive of today's industrial production. The selection of products into the List has taken into account their importance for the industry that produces them, as well as their overall weight in terms of international trade. The final composition of the List was approved by the Expert Group on Industrial Statistics in 2005.

Coding and definition of the new List of Industrial Products is based on the Central Product Classification (CPC), Ver.1.1. The first five digits of the commodity code identify the CPC code to which this commodity belongs. A sixth digit has been added, after a dash (-), to indicate whether the commodity is identical to the product described in the CPC (indicated by "0") or whether it is only a part of the CPC product, in which case a number different from "0" is being used. In some cases, separate products belonging to the same 5-digit CPC subclass are included in the List. The complete List of Industrial Products, including translations into other UN languages, definitions and links to other classifications, such as the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) or the Product List for the European Communities (PRODCOM), can be found on the UN Industry Statistics website at


The metric system of weights and measures has been used throughout the database. Data provided in other units has been converted by using standard conversion factors.


The designations used in any of the files contained in this CD do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The term "country" as used in any of the files contained in this CD also refers, as appropriate, to territories or areas.


The data contained in this database has primarily been collected from questionnaires sent yearly to national statistical authorities. However, acknowledgement is also due to the following specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies whose publications have been utilized in updating the statistics: Afristat (Bamako, Mali), Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (Riyadh), Asian Development Bank (Manila), Fiber Economics Bureau (USA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Rome), International Grains Council (London), World Steel Association (Brussels), International Rubber Study Group (London), International Sugar Organization (London), International Tea Committee (London), Organization of the Islamic Conference (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) and U.S. Geological Survey (Washington, D.C.). Production data for energy commodities have been taken from the energy statistics database of the Statistics Division of the United Nations.