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International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS)
Cooperation with international and regional Organizations
Task Force on International Merchandise Trade Statistics
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is member of the Task Force on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (TF-IMTS) which meets once a year. The other members of the TF-IMTS are the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Regional Commissions. The meeting reports are available on the website of the World Trade Organization at http://imts.wto.org/task_e.htm.
Below please find the reports of UNSD to the TF-IMTS meetings (list of all documents):
Common Data Set
The Common Data Set (CDS) is a joint effort by Eurostat, OECD, UNSD, UNCTAD and WTO to reconcile their time series on merchandise trade statistics. For more information please go to the website of the World Trade Organization at http://imts.wto.org/task_e.htm. Regarding UNSD’s efforts to reconcile and explain any differences in the merchandise trade data published by UNSD please see the information on the Annual Totals Table on this website at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/imts/annual%20totals.htm.
Cooperation in data collection and processing, workshops
In 1999 UNSD and OECD agreed to collaborate in the data collection for OECD countries with OECD collecting the data and forwarding it to UNSD. Further, in order to publish identical data for OECD countries, UNSD and OECD developed a joint processing system which is in operation at both organizations since 1. January 2006.
Further partners in data collection are the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Social and Economic Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
In addition, UNSD collaborates with other organizations in the conduct of workshops. For further information please go to http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/workshops_imts.htm on this website.Links