UNSD collects trade in services data that
is in accordance with the Extended Balance of Payments Services
Classifications (EBOPS) as described in the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS 2002) and "Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS 2010), but expecting data by partner breakdown.
Standard codes for partner countries: UN Standard Country and Area Codes Classifications (M49)
A request for data on external trade in services was
sent to countries in July 2021. The data collection is a part of an
annual data collection on statistics of international trade in services.
The deadline for sumitting data is: 31 August 2021
Preferred data format: database file
Countries are asked to send their data electronically
as a data file, for example a delimited text file or an Excel file,
exported from their trade in services database. The required data fields
service category; trade flow; partner; trade value; reference year
There is no need to further customize your files if the
data fields indicated above are clearly identifiable according to the
Excel questionnaire and alternative data format
Countries are further asked to complete a short
questionnaire providing some metadata. Those who do not maintain a
statistical database on trade in services may also use the data sheets
of this Excel worksheet to report their data:
Download the Excel questionnaire for 2018 data:
Please do not submit customized tables or pdf
publications. For details on requested data fields, metadata and UNSD
data processing, see detailed data description.
UNSD is persistent to produce statistics
on the international level that is based on primary country data.
Countries are therefore requested to submit their most accurate data on
trade in services every year so the trade in services
database, UN Comtrade Database, reflects the most accurate country data.
However UNSD also tries to reduce reporting burden so
if official trade in service data is collected by other international
organizations UNSD attempts to obtain the data through that
organization. We also make efforts to ensure that the data in UN ServiceTrade
is in line with the data in other international organization's
databases. As a first step a memorandom of understanding with Eurostat
was signed in 2006 and data from Eurostat member countries is drawn
directly from Eurostat's database.
The very first request for data on trade in services
was sent to all countries of the world in 2006. The results of the
previous rounds of data collection are presented in the UN Comtrade Database.