Costa Rica 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.

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:
1996 Survey:
A summary of the surveys and a comparison between 2006 and 1996 results, as far as possible, are available on the main page:

Comtrade Publication Notes

Information as to when and from where data was received:

Responsible Agency, National WebPages for Data and Metadata
• Responsible agency and national web page: National Institute of Statistics and Censuses

• Data: Spanish only
• Metadata:

• Additional Notes:

1) Costa Rica stated that Export Processing Zones are included in Merchandise Trade Statistics (and made available in UN Comtrade).

2) Data published by BCCR (Central Bank) and INEC (Statistical Office) differs due application of the Manual on Balance of Payments and IMTS Concepts and Definitions, respectively. The adjustment tables between the two concepts can be accessed at

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.
SDDS provides information on Trade Data Coverage, Periodicity, and Timeliness; Access by the Public, Integrity, Quality, and Contact Persons.

Additional Information about Country Metadata

For concepts and definitions, please go to the Glossary of this Knowledgebase: