In the area of industrial statistics, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is engaged in the collection and dissemination of data on the production of major industrial commodities, both in physical quantities and in monetary value. Data are mainly collected through a questionnaire sent yearly to national statistical offices. The commodities are classified according to the List of Industrial Products.
Data on industrial commodity production are available in the following ways:
The United Nations has published methodological guidelines for industrial statistics in the International Recommendations for Industrial Statistics 2008, as well as guidelines for the calculation of industrial production index numbers in the International Recommendations for the Index of Industrial Production 2010.