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Commodity Trade Statistics Database (COMTRADE)
 
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Comtrade provides commodity trade data for all available countries and areas since 1962. Currently, it contains almost 700 millions records.

2013 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I: Trade by Country
 
Series: G, No.62 
Sales number:
15.XVII.2
Languages available:E
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Volume: I

The 2013 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Volume I-Trade by Country provides an analytical, condensed and integrated view of the international merchandise trade and trade in services up to the year 2013 by means of brief descriptive text, concise data tables and charts. The information presented in the publication gives an insight into the latest trends of trade in goods and services of around 175 countries (or areas) in the world. The yearbook is also made available online at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/pubs/gesgrid.asp?id=507. For more detailed data, users are requested to go to UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org) and UN Service Trade (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/servicetrade) which are the sources of the information presented in the yearbook, and which are continuously updated.

In contrast to editions prior to 2013 which featured only merchandise trade, the International Trade Statistics Yearbook Volume I - Trade by Country now includes integrated presentation of international merchandise trade and trade in services.

The publication is aimed at both specialist trade data users and common audience at large. The presented data, charts and analyses will benefit policy makers, government agencies, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, journalists, academics, researchers, students, businesses and anyone who is interested in trade issues. The information and analyses are presented in a way which can be comprehended by non-expert users of statistics.

2012 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I: Trade by Country
 
Series: G, No.61 
Sales number:
14.XVII.2 H
Languages available:E
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Volume: I

The 2012 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Volume I - Trade by Country provides an overview of the international trade merchandise trade in 2012 and detailed information on the trade performance for numerous countries up to the year 2012. Overall, data for a total of 175 countries (or areas) are shown with the 2012 data on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner provided for approximately 90 countries (or areas), representing more than 70% of world trade of 2012. Volume II (Trade by Commodity) will be compiled approximately six months after the submission of Volume I (in December 2013) as the preparation of these tables requires and benefits from the additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. All tables of Volumes I and II are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript.
Beginning with the 2008 edition, the International Trade Statistics Yearbook is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual countries (Volume I) as well as trade in a particular commodity (Volume II). The goal is to provide a more analytical and condensed view of trade by using graphs, overview tables and descriptive text. For more detailed data, users are requested to go directly to UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/) which is the source of the information presented in the yearbook and which is continuously updated.

2011 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Vol. I: Trade by Country
 
Series: G, No.60 
Sales number:
13.XVII.2 H
Languages available:E
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Volume: I

The 2011 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Volume I - Trade by Country provides an overview of the international trade merchandise trade in 2011 and detailed information on the trade performance for numerous countries up to the year 2011. Overall, data for a total of 175 countries (or areas) are shown with the 2011 data on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner provided for approximately 90 countries (or areas), representing more than 70% of world trade of 2011. Volume II (Trade by Commodity) will be compiled approximately six months after the submission of Volume I (in December 2012) as the preparation of these tables requires and benefits from the additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. All tables of Volumes I and II are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript.

Beginning with the 2008 edition, the International Trade Statistics Yearbook is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual countries (Volume I) as well as trade in a particular commodity (Volume II). The goal is to provide a more analytical and condensed view of trade by using graphs, overview tables and descriptive text. For more detailed data, users are requested to go directly to UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/) which is the source of the information presented in the yearbook and which is continuously updated.

2011 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Vol. II: Trade by Commodity
 
Series: G, No.60 
Sales number:
13.XVII.3 H
Languages available:E
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Volume: II

The 2011 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Volume II - Trade by Commodity contains detailed tables showing international trade for 258 individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) and eleven world trade tables covering trade values and indices up to the year 2011. The information contained in Volume II is based on data provided by approximately 140 countries (areas), representing more than 90% of world trade of 2011. Volume II has been compiled approximately six months after the submission of Volume I (in November 2012) as the preparation of these tables requires and benefits from the additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. Volume I - Trade by Country has been compiled (and made available) early in 2011 (in May 2012) to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2011 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2011 country (area) data. All tables of Volume II are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript. Volume II contains updated versions of the two world trade tables A and D published in Volume I.

Beginning with the 2008 edition, the International Trade Statistics Yearbook is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual countries (Volume I) as well as trade in a particular commodity (Volume II). For more detailed data, users are requested to go directly to UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/) which is the source of the information presented in the yearbook and which is continuously updated.

Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010 (MSITS 2010)
 
Series: M, No.86 Rev.1 
Sales number:
10.XVII.14
Languages available:A,C,E,S,R,F
Revision: 1

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The Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010 (MSITS 2010) addresses the needs of a variety of producers and users of such statistics. While it is primarily a guide for statistical compilers, it is also a useful tool for governments and international organizations that use statistical information in connection with international negotiations on trade in services. Furthermore, it can aid enterprises and others that need to monitor developments in international services markets.

The revised Manual provides a more detailed classification of services delivered through conventional trade between residents and non-residents than is contained in BPM6. This Extended Balance of Payments Services (EBOPS 2010) classification has been revised in line with existing statistical frameworks. The most significant change was the introduction of 'Manufacturing services on physical inputs owned by others' and 'Maintenance and repair services, n.i.e.' as two new components and the removal of 'Merchanting' from 'Other business services'. The Manual includes a treatment of local delivery of services through foreign commercial presence and takes a further step towards linking these two systems. The Manual provides clarifications on inward and outward FATS, and also describes the links between FATS and the international supply of services The Manual includes a new chapter discussing "modes of supply" described in GATS through which services can be delivered, and elaborates recommendations for a statistical treatment of these modes. Correspondence tables will be provided as online documents between EBOPS 2010 and the Central Product Classification version 2.0, (CPC Ver. 2.0); and the GATS Services Sectoral Classification List (W120). The annex presenting the nature and purpose of the Tourism Satellite Account has also been updated. A new analytical annex will be provided online.

Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services
 
Series: M, No.86 
Sales number:
02.XVII.11
Languages available:A,C,E,S,R,F
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The Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services provides a coherent framework within which countries can structure the statistics they compile and disseminate on international services trade. In order to facilitate countries' adoption of this framework, the Manual builds on existing standards for compilation. The Manual takes both a broader and a more detailed view of international trade in services than has conventionally been the case. It clarifies and describes the various ways in which services are traded internationally. It also provides a detailed classification of services delivered through trade between residents and non-residents, and provides a recommended treatment of the local delivery of services through foreign affiliate trade.

Methods Used in Compiling the United Nations Price Indexes for External Trade, v.II--(Also incorporating quantum indexes)
 
Series: M, No.82/v.II 
Sales number:
91.XVII.8
Languages available:E, F, *R, *S

This volume continues volume I of Series M, No. 82 (Sales No. 87.XVII.4), with details on history, sources of data and methods used by the United Nations Statistics Division in compilation of the price (unit value) indexes of total exports and imports, manufactured goods exports, fuel imports, exports of machinery and transport equipment. It describes the derivation of quantum indexes and indexes of terms of trade for selected countries and for major regions of the world and includes an annex which provides samples of tables published in the Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and a full list of current sources. Out of print except for English and French.

Price and Quantity Measurement in External Trade: Two Studies in National Practice
 
Series: M, No.76 
Sales number:
83.XVII.7
Languages available:*E, *F, *R, *S

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Strategies for Price and Quantity Measurement in External Trade
 
Series: M, No.69 
Sales number:
82.XVII.3
Languages available:*E, *F, *R, *S

This publication is part of a continuing effort by the Statistics Division to develop comprehensive recommendations for national work on price and quantity statistics. It stems from the discussion of price and quantity comparisons in System of National Accounts and Guidelines on Principles of a System of Price and Quantity Statistics. It examines alternative strategies for the measurement of price and quantity in external trade and considers sources of data; approaches to measurement; major problems of pricing; the problem of aggregation; some tentative solutions; and strategies for compiling index numbers. An annex on coverage and structure of index numbers in external trade is included, as is a list of references.------ Out of print.

International Recommendations on Statistics of the Distributive Trades and Services
 
Series: M, No.57 
Sales number:
75.XVII.9
Languages available:*E, *F, *S

This is a revision of the publication issued under the same title in 1970 (Sales No. E.70.XVII.16). It incorporates the views of two expert groups on international trade statistics which met in 1977 and 1980, as well as those of the Statistical Commission. The definitions and the statistical treatment of commodity flows in international trade are discussed under the following headings: coverage of the statistics; trade system; commodity classifications; valuation; quantity measurement; partner country; and supplementary topics.------ Out of print.

Classification by Broad Economic Categories
Defined in terms of the SITC, Revision 3 and the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (2002)

 
Series: M, No.53/Rev.4 
Sales number:
03.XVII.8
Languages available:C, E, F, R, S
Revision: Rev.4

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The original Classification by Broad Economic Categories (BEC) was produced in 1961 to provide a means for international trade statistics to be analyzed by broad economic categories such as food, industrial supplies, capital equipment, consumer durables and consumer non-durables. The original BEC was linked to the Standard International Trade Classification. Two revisions of BEC were produced to coincide with revisions of SITC, and a third revision made technical corrections. The current publication provides links between BEC and the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (2002 edition) as well as to the basic classes of goods in the System of National Accounts (consumption goods, intermediate goods, capital goods). Each of the 3,121 SITC headings is correlated to one of the nineteen BEC basic headings, as are 5,222 of the 5,224 HS02 subheadings (two HS02 subheadings fall outside the scope of SITC, Rev.3 and are therefore not correlated to BEC).

International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions, 2010
 
Series: M, No.52/Rev.3 
Sales number:
E.10.XVII.13
Languages available:E, A, C, F, R, S
Revision: 3

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The International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions 2010 (IMTS 2010) provides a comprehensive methodological framework for collection and compilation of international merchandise trade statistics in all countries, irrespective of the level of development of their statistical system.

The conceptual framework of IMTS 2010 reflects both the multipurpose nature of these statistics and concern for availability of the adequate data sources and data compilation procedures. IMTS 2010 follows an integrated approach to economic statistics including the use, as applicable, of common concepts, definitions, classifications and data compilation strategies.

It is intended primarily for the producers of international trade statistics; particularly the staff of national statistical offices and/or customs involved in the collection and compilation of merchandise trade statistics, but may be also useful to researchers and other users interested in better understanding the nature of trade statistics.

International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions
 
Series: M, No.52/Rev.2 
Sales number:
98.XVII.16
Languages available:E, A, C, F, R, S
Revision: Rev.2

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This publication contains updated recommendations on methodology for compiling international merchandise trade statistics adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in March 1997. These recommendations are an essential references for trade statistics analysis and understanding. They take into account new developments in international trade, national practices of data compilation, new international agreements regarding customs procedures, and previously adopted revisions of methodology of national accounting and balance of payments statistics. They address basic issues such as coverage of statistics and time of recording, trade system, commodity classifications, valuation, quantity measurement, partner country, and reporting and dissemination. The publication also contains detailed lists of goods to be included and excluded from imports and exports; two tables which make it possible to determine, at a glance, how various categories of goods are treated in both the general and the special trade systems; and linkages between statistical concepts and international conventions regarding trade matters.

Commodity Indexes for the Standard International Trade Classification, Revision 3
 
Series: M, No.38/Rev.2 
Sales number:
94.XVII.10
Languages available:E, A, C, F, R, S
Revision: Rev.2


The Commodity Indexes for the Standard International Trade Classification, Revision 3 show the classification according to commodities that enter into international trade. Volume I is an item index and gives a full description of each heading, with additional notes and/or exclusions where necessary, and with a representative list of commodities. Volume II is an Alphabetic Index and lists in alphabetical order, all of the commodities appearing in the Item Index along with the code number of the heading under which they fall. It is thus possible for someone seeking trade data about a specific five-digit commodity to quickly find the code number under which this data will be found in other United Nations publications such as the International Trade Statistics Yearbook.

Statistical Territories of the World for use in International Merchandise Trade Statistics
 
Series: M, No.30/Rev.3 
Sales number:
01.XVII.8
Languages available:E, F, R, S
Revision: 3

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This publication defines each country's customs territory and economic territory and the definition used for international merchandise trade statistics practices. It also gives the basis upon which individual countries compile their trade statistics. For many countries the statistical territory coincides with the customs territory, indicating that many countries use customs records as their main source of statistical data. The results also show that for some countries the statistical territory coincides with the economic territory and the geographic territory. This analysis provides users with a better understanding of a country's merchandise trade statistics, and greatly facilitates international comparisons of external trade data.

Customs Areas of the World
 
Series: M, No.30/Rev.2 
Sales number:
89.XVII.12
Languages available:E, *F, S
Revision: Rev.2


This publication describes the customs areas in relation to the geographical areas for most countries or areas of the world. It also notes the existence of free trade areas and free ports. The descriptions are based largely on official information supplied by governments. Where a country has stated that there is a difference between the customs area and the geographical area (e.g., where there exists enclaves and exclaves), mention is made of such differences. Where the customs and the geographical areas coincide, no geographical description is made of the area.

International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Supplement to the Compilers Manual
 
Series: F, No.87/Add.1 
Sales number:
08.XVII.9
Languages available:A, C, E, F, R, S
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The Supplement covers a number of topics deemed to be beneficial to trade data compilers, including an overview of compiling practices, the revised International convention on the simplification and harmonization of customs procedures (revised Kyoto Convention), the 2007 edition of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, specific compilation issues such as goods for processing and re-exports, an overview of the differences between IMTS and general merchandise in balance of payments statistics, the lessons learned from the Intrastat system of the European Union, and the topic of linking trade and business statistics.

International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual
 
Series: F, No.87 
Sales number:
E.02.XVII.17
Languages available:A, C, E, F, R, S
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The Manual is published by UNSD at the request of the United Nations Statistical Commission to assist United Nations Member States in the implementation of the methodological guidelines laid out in International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions (published in 1998). The Manual has been prepared in cooperation with other international organizations and country experts. It is directed to all institutions which play a role in the collection, compilation and dissemination of trade statistics, and it may also serve as a guide to users who wish to understand better the nature of trade data. The Manual discusses in detail the conceptual and institutional framework of data collection, the sources of data, methods of data compilation, and data dissemination, reconciliation and exchange.

Organization and Conduct of Distributive-Trade Surveys
 
Series: F, No.19 
Sales number:
77.XVII.3
Languages available:*E, *F, *R, *S

In 1974, the Statistical Commission adopted international recommendations on statistics of distributive trades and services and requested that the present manual on the organization and conduct of surveys be issued as a methodological supplement to the recommendations. This manual also is a practical guide to the planning and management of censuses and surveys of distributive trades and services, with particular attention to the problems faced by countries at an early stage of statistical development. In view of the similarities between industrial and distributive-trade inquiries, the manual includes a discussion of some methods and procedures that are applicable also to industrial surveys. ---- Out of print.


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