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The rule for handling trade with itself is a mix of hard facts and assumptions/preferences:

Hard facts:

- country cannot export to itself

- country cannot trade with own free zone when it follows the general trade system


Assumptions/preferences:

- if there are only imports from itself (no matter whether General or Special trade system) it's most likely re-imports.  In this case, the re-imports would be created.

- when country follows the special trade system, trade with itself can be explained as trade with its free zones. Please refer to the IMTS Compiler Manual  https://unstats.un.org/unsd/publication/SeriesF/seriesf_87e.pdf  for more information about trade systems. 

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