International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions 2010 (IMTS2010) is intended to provide recommendations that are globally applicable and operational. 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.
The IMTS2010 Compilers Manual contains detailed explanation of certain recommendations and provides practical guidance for compilers by describing good or best practices applicable under different circumstances. The Manual promotes the adherence to good practices and recommends specific solutions to compilation issues related to international merchandise trade statistics.
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 Compilers Guide serves the purpose of harmonizing and improving the ways in which statisticians at the national level collect, compile and disseminate trade in services statistics. The Guide provides the international statistical community with guidelines, best practices, case studies, and practical advice on the compilation of the trade in services statistics.
When it adopted the International Recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008 (IRTS 2008) at its thirty-ninth session in 2008, the Statistical Commission requested the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) to develop an implementation programme, including the preparation of a compilation guide providing further details of the recommendations as well as good country practices. A worldwide consultation on the full draft guide was held in March and April 2011. Comments and revisions were incorporated into a final editorial review, with the UNWTO Committee on Statistics and the Tourism Satellite Account endorsing the final version of the guide during its 14th meeting, in January 2014. The draft Guide was submitted to the United Nations Statistical Commission at its forty-fifth session in 2014, which endorsed its use by Member States.
The ATT is an effort to reconcile and explain any differences in the merchandise trade data published by UNSD. 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 which is more strict in its goal to reconcile all differences. For more information regarding the CDS please visit the World Trade Organization.
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