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D. Data fields required for statistical purposes

8.23.        Minimum requirements. The statistical information needs require the provision of the data fields shown in table VIII.1.

a  Some countries are able to identify the trade flow through the customs procedure code; however, it is advised that, for the time being, all countries provide the field trade flow in their data.

b  It is recommended that net weight be provided (see IMTS 2010, para. 5.5). However, some countries are able to provide only gross weight.

c  According to IMTS 2010 (para 4.9), countries that compile only CIF-type value for imported goods are encouraged to compile separate data for freight and insurance, at the most detailed commodity and partner level possible. This would apply to countries that compile only FOBtype values.

This information is requested to obtain additional information about certain trade transactions for statistical purposes such as re-exports, reimports, goods for processing and intra-firm trade. However, national practices in the use of customs procedures vary considerably and it might not always possible to derive the desired information.


 

8.24.        Experience of the Philippines. In 2003, the National Statistics Office of thePhilippines entered into a memorandum of agreement with the Bureau of Customs, for the latter to provide the National Statistics Office with an electronic copy of the data obtained from customs documents and generated using the electronic system. The information items contained in the extracted data files shall contain the following variables:

(a)    For exports, from the Automated Export Declaration System, this will include customs control number, country of destination, commodity description, gross weight (in kilograms), quantity, preferential treatment,  FOB value, insurance cost, freight cost, local port of unloading, local port of destination, importer’s TIN, feeder/direct carrier’s name, type of handling/packing, and registry number.

(b)   For imports, from the Automated Cargo Operating System, this will include customs control number, country of origin, commodity description, gross weight (in kilograms), quantity, preferential treatment, value of imported raw materials, FOB value, insurance cost, freight cost, local port of loading, local port of origin, exporter’s TIN, feeder/direct carrier’s name, type of handling/packing, and registry number.

 

a  However, not all types of information are mandatory for many customs procedures.

b  For an example, please see annex II.A.

c  For example, China uses a 10-digit ID number structured as follows: first 5 digits: location of the importer or exporter (city, province, special economic zone, bonded area, high-tech industrial development area, etc.); sixth digit: category of importer or exporter (State-owned enterprise, Sino-foreign contractual joint venture, Sino-foreign equity joint venture, foreign-owned enterprise, collective enterprise, private enterprise, other); last 4 digits: serial number.

d  Many countries do not include this requirement; countries have different criteria for determining whether parties are related. See chap. XXI for further details.


 

8.25.        Information relevant or required for the completion of the customs declaration. The information normally required for the completion of customs declaration forms that is relevant for compilation of trade statistics (either for inclusion into statistics or for verification purposes) includes that shown in table VIII.2.  It should be noted, however, that not all information items listed in the table are required in all countries.