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International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1 (IMTS 2010- CM) was prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division in collaboration with the members of the Expert Group on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (EG-IMTS) listed in alphabetical order of countries and organizations: Brazil (P. Pavao and F. Martins Pimentel), Canada (A. Torrance), China (H. Jin), Colombia (J. F. Martínez), Costa Rica (A. M. Umaña), Czech Republic (V. Petraskova), Germany (K. Geyer-Schaefer, A. Krockow and S. Gehle-Dechant), Italy (S. Menghinello and P. Anitori), Jamaica (L. Reid), Mexico (G. A. Durand Alcántara and P. Álvarez Icaza Longoria), Morocco (H. Ouljour), Norway (L. Korbol), Philippines (E. de Guzman), Uganda (J. Mayende), Ukraine (V. Pischeiko and L. Matronich), United Kingdom (M. Kingston and S. Tudor), United States of America (D. Dickerson and D. Oberg) and Viet Nam (T. M. T. Le); and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) (A. J. Walakira), Customs Union Commission (Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russian Federation) (E. Borushko), Eurostat (K. Nuortila and A. Ridzonova), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (M. Campeanu), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (A. Lindner), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (M. Muryawan), Universal Postal Union (UPU) (M. Helble), World Customs Organization (WCO) (E. De Jong), World Trade Organization (WTO) (A. Maurer and Y. Markus), United Nations Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (R. Jansen, M. Reister, L. González Morales, C.S. Lovell and V. Markhonko as consultant).

The United Nations Statistics Division is grateful to the members of EG-IMTS for their fruitful collaboration. Their valuable contributions throughout the drafting of the recommendations and during four virtual meetings of EG-IMTS and the meeting on compilation issues of IMTS 2010 are highly appreciated. The Division is also grateful to the Task Force on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (TF-IMTS),[1] which supported the revision process at its various stages.

The United Nations Statistics Division also wishes to express its appreciation to national statistical offices, customs administrations and other governmental agencies for their numerous and often very detailed comments provided during the worldwide consultations on the contents of IMTS 2010-CM, which provided important input and guidance for the successful completion of the drafting process.

The preparation of IMTS 2010-CM commenced under V. Markhonko and continued under the guidance and supervision of R. Jansen. M. Reister, V. Markhonko (as consultant), R. Jansen, L. González Morales and C.S. Lovell were involved in the drafting of the text at various stages of the revision process. M. Reister was directly responsible for the organization of the virtual meetings of EG-IMTS 2010, the worldwide consultation, the meeting on compilation issues of IMTS 2010 and, with the assistance of L. González Morales, the preparation of the final text.



[1] TF-IMTS is an inter-agency body comprising of representatives of: United Nations Statistics Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Monitory Fund (IMF), World Trade Organization, International Trade Centre, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Eurostat and World Customs Organization (WCO).