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Areas not elsewhere specified (Areas, NES)

The partner "Areas NES (not elsewhere specified)" is used (a) for low value trade and (b) if the partner designation was unknown to the country or if an error was made in the partner assignment. The reporting country does not send us the details of the trading partner in these specific cases. Sometimes reporters do this to protect company information.

So, one could say that "Area nes" is a group of partner countries, but the components of the group vary by reporter, by year and by commodity.

Prior to the implementation of the current processing system, there were 16 groupings under areas not elsewhere specified (Areas, NES).  As of 1 January 2006, the are only 7 groupings under areas not elsewhere specified (Areas, NES) which was a result of groupings either discontinued or merged together to form new groupings. Areas, not elsewhere specified (Areas, NES) are now associated with continents, whereas previously they were associated with regions.


Areas, NES (for datasets processed before January 2006):

Code

Description

Continue to Use

(Yes/No)

472

Central African Monetary and Economic Union region, not elsewhere specified

No

899

Areas, not elsewhere specified

Yes

471

Central American Common Market, not elsewhere specified

No

129

Caribbean, not elsewhere specified

No

221

Eastern Europe, not elsewhere specified

No

697

European Free Trade Association, not elsewhere specified

No

492

Europe EU, not elsewhere specified

No

473

Latin American Integration Association, not elsewhere specified

Yes

637

North America, the Caribbean and Central America not elsewhere specified  

Yes

290

Northern Africa, not elsewhere specified

No

527

Oceania, not elsewhere specified

Yes

577

Other Africa, not elsewhere specified

Yes

490

Other Asia, not elsewhere specified

Yes

568

Other Europe, not elsewhere specified

Yes

636

Rest of America, not elsewhere specified

No

879

Western Asia, not elsewhere specified

No


Areas, NES (for datasets processed after January 2006):

Code Description
899 Areas, not elsewhere specified
473 South America, not elsewhere specified
637 North and Central  America, not elsewhere specified
527 Oceania,  not elsewhere specified
577 Africa,  not elsewhere specified
490 Asia,  not elsewhere specified
568 Europe,  not elsewhere specified


Related Question:

Q: I could not find anything in the knowledge base about reporters such as Other Europe, nes and Other Africa, nes.

A: If you combine both lists there shouldn't be any duplication.The new 7 Areas NES defined in KB article: Areas not elsewhere specified (Areas, NES) were planned for the datasets starting in the year 2000. However, not all the datasets from 2000 onwards have been reprocessed. As our new processing system (Copra) was only implemented in 2006 all the datasets beginning with year 2005 should be referring to the 7 new Areas Nes.

Since you need 2005 datasets, it is useful to map the old Areas NES groups into the new NES. Please note these are not new codes but codes which are redefined.

Below is the mapping between old NES to new NES:

899 - Areas, not elsewhere specified
473 - South America, not elsewhere specified - includes 129 (Caribbean, nes) (old)
637 - North and Central America, nes - includes 636+471(Rest of America, nes + CACM)
527 - Oceania, nes
577 - Africa nes - includes 472+290 (Central African Monetary and Economic Union region, nes +
North Africa, nes)
490- Asia, nes - includes 879 (Western Asia, nes)
568- Europe, nes - includes 492 + 697 + 221 (Europe EU, nes + European Free Trade Association,nes + Eastern Europe, nes)

Q. What is Special categories as a partner country?

The partner "Areas NES(not elsewhere specified)" is used (a) for low value trade and (b) if the partner designation was unknown to the country or if an error was made in the partner assignment. The reporting country did not send us the details of the trading partner in those specific cases. Sometimes reporters do this to protect company information.

So, you could say that "Areas nes" is a group of partner countries, but the components of the group will vary per reporter, per year and per comodity.

The partner "Special Categories" (code 839) is used by a reporting country if it does not want the partner breakdown to be disclosed. The use of this partner code depends on the combination of reporting country, trade flow and specific commodity.

The distinction between an "unknown partner country" and an "undisclosed partner country" could be mixed up at times.

Both "Free Zone" (code 838) and "Bunkers" (code 837) are trading partner entities.

"Free Zones" belong to the geographical and economic territory of a country but not to its customs territory. For the purpose of trade statistics the transactions between the customs territory and the free zones are recorded. Free zones can be commercial free zones (duty free shops) or industrial free zones.

"Bunkers" are ship stores and aircraft supplies, which consists mostly of fuels and food.




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