Overview of existing databases covering statistics of international trade in service
at different international organizations
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Item Mandate Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council Article VIII of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement OECD Working Party on International Trade in Goods and Services Statistics (WPTGS) mandate for TIS and TISP annual data collection Statistical Commission at its 23nd Session (2001)
WTO: GATS, RTA transparency mechanism require monitoring & surveillance of trade flows for assessing trade liberalizationUNCTAD: UNCTAD XII, Accra Accord
Geographical coverage Europe, EEA members (30), + Croatia, Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Japan, USA All economies.
Regional and world aggregates.
TIS: 34 Member countries (MCs) plus BRIICS
TISP: 34 MCs, Russia, Hong Kong SAR of China
Member states (180 of 192) + some 15 territories
Annual data: All individual economies; regional and world aggregates are produced including estimations for missing reporter data;Monthly data: approximately 30 individual economies – made available by WTO only
Quarterly data: approximately 130 individual economies;
Format Standard questionnaire via GESMES format (full SDMX compatible) Integrated Correspondence System (ICS) Standard Excel questionnaire
EU-OECD countries: electronic download from EUROSTAT website
Non EU-OECD countries + Russia + Hong Kong SAR of China: Standard excel questionnaire
BRIICS for TIS (excl Russia): IMF
File exported from National Statistical Offices (NSO) or Central Banks (CB) database in delimited text file or Standard Excel questionnaire Any input format accepted Source Data collection Data collection
EU-OECD countries: EUROSTAT
Non EU-OECD countries + Russia + Hong Kong SAR of China: Data collection (CBs or NSOs) through excel questionnaire
BRIICS for TIS (excl Russia): electronic download from IMF
Data collection (NSO, CB)
+ electronic data transfer from Eurostat + IMF monthly BOPS database
IMF monthly BOPS database
Eurostat, OECD, UNSD
websites of NSOs and CBs
Annual: 1985-latest year
Quarterly: from 1994Q1
1948 to latest year TIS: from 1970 - latest year
TISP: from 1999 - latest year
2000 - latest year Annual data: 1980 – latest year available; Short-term data: 2006 – latest period available Service classification EBOPS 2002 Starting with August 2012 issue of the International Financial Statistics and the on-line Balance of Payments Statistics Database, data will be published on a BPM6 basis.
EBOPS 2002 in general, EBOPS 2010 for some countries (Australia). Data following the new EBOPS 2010/BPM6 standards are countries reports (not derived from OECD conversion)
Annual data: Total services, Commercial services, and 16 selected BPM5/EBOPS items;Under development: Quarterly data by 4 main sub-items: Transport, Travel, Other (commercial) services and government services n.i.e.
Short-term data: Total services (UNCTAD), and Commercial services (WTO)
Breakdown by products (CPC) No No Ongoing research project on trade by product and industries No, but experimental CPC module is planned No Number of countries with partner data 32 countries (27 MCs, Croatia, Turkey, Norway, Switzerland and Japan) No
34 countries (32 of the 34 MCs, Hong Kong SAR of China and Russia)
46 countries Selected economies Availability of metadata Yes The metadata that will appear in the August 2012 issues of the International Financial Statistics and the on-line Balance of Payments Statistics Database will indicate on what basis (BPM5 versus BPM6) an economy provided data to the IMF (see Service classification above). Yes Yes, in development Yes Collection
Annual: Sep, a-1
July, t-1 Annual data: twice a year (Feb/March and June/July, t-1); Short-term data: on rolling basis (as available) Publication cycle May, t-1 (prelim.)
Annual: November, t-1 Quarterly: T+110 days
Rolling update on OECD.Stat
Continuous – Target deadline for data February, t-2 Annual data: twice a year (April and July, t-1); Quarterly data: four times a year (t+90 days); Monthly data: twice a month Format of publication Internet database download Internet database download
CD-ROM, Printed publication
Internet database download
Printed publication, CD-ROM
Internet database download Internet database download and Internet download of predefined tables (or time series),
e-publication, and print (UNCTAD also publishes a DVD with selected series from its database).
WTO: “Statistics gateway” : http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/statis_e.htm
UNCTAD: “UNCTADstat” :