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Aruba Metadata on International Merchandise Trade Statistics

Comtrade Explanatory Notes
Metadata on (i) Trade System, (ii) Trade Valuation, (iii) Commodity Classification, (iv) Trading Partners (Origin/LastKnownDestination), and (v) Exchange Rate.
http://comtrade.un.org/db/mr/daExpNoteDetail.aspx?r=533.

National Compilation and Reporting Practices (NCDP)
The Trade Statistics Branch of the United Nations Statistics Division has conducted national compilation and reporting practices surveys in 2006 and 1996. They contain metadata, inter alia, coverage, trade system, commodity classification, valuation, quantity measurement, and partner country.
2006 Survey: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/tradereport/countryform_MM.asp?cid=533.
1996 Survey: Not available
A summary of the surveys and a comparison between 2006 and 1996 results, as far as possible, are available on the main page: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/tradereport/introduction_MM.asp.

Comtrade Publication Notes
Information as to when and from where data was received: http://comtrade.un.org/db/mr/daPubNoteDetail.aspx?r=533.

Responsible Agency, National WebPages for Data and Metadata
• Responsible agency and national web page: Central Bureau of Statistics (URL: http://www.cbs.aw/cbs/home.do). Also, as per information in Aruba’s 1st Qtr 2009 Foreign Trade publication, data is supplied to the Central Bureau of Statistics by the Department of Duty and Taxes.
• Data: http://www.cbs.aw/cbs/do/categoryId/60/categoryBranchId/60/getDocumentCategories.html.
• Metadata: http://www.cbs.aw/cbs/getDocumentList.do?categoryId=62&categoryBranchId=62&firstItem=0&category=69.
For further inquiry on definitions and methodology, please refer to the Aruba Foreign Trade Statistics Procedure and Definitions, which is available upon request directly from the Central Bureau of Statistics.

IMF Data Dissemination Standards GDDS/SDDS on Merchandise Trade
The IMF's data dissemination standards consist of two tiers: the General Data Dissemination System (GDDS), which would apply to all Fund members, and the more advanced Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS), for those members countries having or seeking access to international capital markets. In general, a country subscribes to either GDDS or SDDS. However, for Aruba, no information is available at the time of publication of this article.

Additional Information about Country Metadata
• Publications from Central Bureau of Statistics available at time of publication of this knowledgebase article:
    - Foreign Trade Statistics, First Quarter 2009.
    - Statistical Yearbook 2008.

For concepts and definitions, please go to the Glossary of this Knowledgebase:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/tradekb/Glossary/.