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created at 3/7/2014 2:45:09 PM
2012 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2012 ITSY), Volume II - Trade by commodity is now available online.

The 2012 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2013 ITSY) is being issued in two volumes which were prepared at different points in time during 2013. Volume I -Trade by Country has been compiled early in 2013 (in May 2013) to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2012 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2012 country (area) data.

Volume II – Trade by Commodity contains detailed tables showing international trade for individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) in 2012 and eleven world trade tables covering trade values and indices with data up to 2012. Volume II has been compiled approximately six months after the submission of Volume I (in November 2013) as the preparation of these tables requires and benefits from the additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. Volume II contains updated versions of the two world trade tables A and D published in Volume I.

Beginning with the 2008 edition Volume II is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) with the aim to provide a more analytical and condensed view of the exports and imports of a specific commodity (commodity trade profile). Overall, data for a total of 258 commodities are shown in Volume II. The information for 2012 is based on data provided by 139 countries (areas), representing 93.1% of world trade of 2012 (as available by mid of November). All tables of Volume II are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript.

The detailed information about the trade of particular countries by commodity and partner (values and quantities) contained in the tables and graphs for individual countries in Volume I and commodities in Volume II has been taken from the publicly available database UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/db/default.aspx). Users are advised to visit UN Comtrade for any additional and more current information as it is continuously updated.

For more detailed information users are requested to refer to the introduction.

The printed publication is expected to become available in approximately six months from now, its electronic (pdf-) version much earlier. Please contact the United Nations Sales and Marketing Section at E-mail: publications@un.org (Internet: http://unp.un.org).

The yearbook is made available in its parts at http://comtrade.un.org/pb/



created at 12/13/2013 10:53:29 AM
Due to a switch-over of the system, we need to interrupt service of UN Comtrade, which will take effect between 18 and 20 December 2013.

We are pleased to inform our UN Comtrade users that major improvements to our hardware resources are proceeding according to schedule.

Due to a switch-over of the system, we need to interrupt service of UN Comtrade, which will take effect between 18 and 20 December 2013. Kindly note that the web site may not be accessible and batch processing will be temporarily suspended during the transition period. For users having critical and/or large data extraction requirements, we strongly suggest that such requests be submitted no later than 13 December 2013 to assure completion of processing before the suspension takes effect.



created at 12/9/2013 11:35:04 AM
2012 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2012 ITSY), Volume I - Trade by Country is now available online.

The 2012 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2012 ITSY) is being issued in two volumes which are prepared at different points in time during 2013. Volume I - Trade by Country is compiled early in 2013 (in May 2013) to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2012 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2012 country (area) data. Volume II – Trade by Commodity contains the detailed tables showing international trade in main commodity groups and is finalized approximately six months after the completion of Volume I as the preparation of those tables requires additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. Volume II contains also updated versions of the two world trade tables published in Volume I.

Volume I presents detailed data for a total of 174 countries (or areas) with the 2012 data on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner provided for 100 countries (areas), representing approximately 83% of world trade of 2012. All tables of Volume I are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript. Beginning with the 2008 edition Volume I is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual countries with the aim to provide a more analytical and condensed view of a country’s trade performance (country trade profile).

The detailed information about the trade of particular countries by commodity and partner (values and quantities) contained in the tables and graphs for individual countries in Volume I and commodities in Volume II are taken from the publicly available database UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/db/default.aspx). Users are advised to visit UN Comtrade for any additional and more current information as it is continuously updated.

For more detailed information users are requested to refer to the introduction.

The printed publication is expected to become available in approximately six months from now, its electronic (.pdf) version much earlier. Please contact the United Nations Sales and Marketing Section at E-mail: publications@un.org (Internet: http://unp.un.org).

The yearbook is made available in its parts at http://comtrade.un.org/pb/



created at 9/30/2013 4:06:45 PM
Monthly Bulletin of Statistics tables updated

Please click on the following link: Tables published in the Monthly Bulletin of Statistics

created at 9/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
2011 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2011 ITSY), Volume II - Trade by commodity is now available online.

The 2011 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2011 ITSY) is being issued in two volumes which were prepared at different points in time during 2012. Volume I -Trade by Country has been compiled early in 2012 (in May 2012) to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2011 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2011 country (area) data.

Volume II – Trade by Commodity contains detailed tables showing international trade for individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) in 2011 and eleven world trade tables covering trade values and indices with data up to 2011. Volume II has been compiled approximately six months after the submission of Volume I (in November 2012) as the preparation of these tables requires and benefits from the additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. Volume II contains updated versions of the two world trade tables A and D published in Volume I.

Beginning with the 2008 edition Volume II is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) with the aim to provide a more analytical and condensed view of the exports and imports of a specific commodity (commodity trade profile). Overall, data for a total of 258 commodities are shown in Volume II. The information for 2011 is based on data provided by 137 countries (areas), representing 95.6% of world trade of 2011 (as available by mid of November). All tables of Volume II are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript.

The detailed information about the trade of particular countries by commodity and partner (values and quantities) contained in the tables and graphs for individual countries in Volume I and commodities in Volume II has been taken from the publicly available database UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/db/default.aspx). Users are advised to visit UN Comtrade for any additional and more current information as it is continuously updated.

For more detailed information users are requested to refer to the introduction.

The printed publication is expected to become available in approximately six months from now, its electronic (pdf-) version much earlier. Please contact the United Nations Sales and Marketing Section at E-mail: publications@un.org (Internet: http://unp.un.org).

The yearbook is made available in its parts at http://comtrade.un.org/pb/



created at 12/12/2012 4:13:37 PM
Two new editions of International Trade Statistics Newsletter now available

The September/December 2011 and March/June 2012 double-issues of the International Trade Statistics Newsletter are now available. To subscribe to the newsletter, please register by emailing comtrade@un.org.

Please click here to view them.



created at 10/25/2012 5:13:43 PM
UN Comtrade Plus - user forum now open for comment

This user forum informs about the upgrade of the United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics database (UN Comtrade) which is currently undertaken by the Trade Statistics Branch of the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNSD/DESA). We would like to invite you to provide on this forum any comments or suggestions that you might have concerning the existing or forthcoming database (working title ‘UN Comtrade Plus’).

To access the forum please go to: http://www.uncomtrade.org/forum/



created at 10/24/2012 1:10:07 PM
UN Monthly Comtrade - detailed monthly trade data - New data release with data up to June 2012 (and later)

According to the data available in UN Monthly Comtrade (beta version), world trade in June 2012 showed a year-to-year decrease of 4.4 percent as measured by total exports, and of 6.3 percent as measured by total imports, based on an estimated coverage of 59.9 percent of world trade. In May 2012, world trade showed a year-to-year increase of 0.2 percent as measured by total exports, and a decrease of 0.4 percent as measured by total imports, based on an estimated coverage of 80.7 percent of world trade. Data for July 2012 have been already included for multiple countries.

These figures reflect the development of trade in the countries that provided their data up to 18 September 2012 and whose data were processed and uploaded. For further information on data availability by country, please refer to the full table below on total exports and imports containing year-on-year growth rates for all countries for which these can be calculated (meaning data for the months of both the current and previous years are available). The next release of updated data is planned for the end of October.

For further detail please see: http://comtrade.un.org/monthly/Public/ReleaseInfo.aspx



created at 9/25/2012 3:19:40 PM
UN Monthly Comtrade - detailed monthly trade data - New data release with data up to May 2012 (and later)

According to the data available in UN Monthly Comtrade (beta version), world trade in May 2012 showed a year-to-year increase of 7.3 percent as measured by total exports, and of 6.9 percent as measured by total imports, based on an estimated coverage of 51.7 percent of world trade. In April 2012, world trade showed a year-to-year decrease of 1.3 percent as measured by total exports, and of 0.8 percent as measured by total imports, based on an estimated coverage of 79.1 percent of world trade. Data for June 2012 have been already included for multiple countries.

These figures reflect the development of trade in the countries that provided their data up to 17 August 2012 and whose data were processed and uploaded. For further information on data availability by country, please refer to the full table below on total exports and imports containing year-on-year growth rates for all countries for which these can be calculated (meaning data for the months of both the current and previous years are available). The next release of updated data is planned for the end of September.

For further detail please see: http://comtrade.un.org/monthly/Public/ReleaseInfo.aspx



created at 8/28/2012 3:36:55 PM
Revised United Nations Comtrade License Agreement

The agreement has been revised to fully conform to the standard terms of use for United Nations websites. Further, the revised agreement makes now appropriate reference to the use of United Nations Comtrade without subscription.

Please see http://comtrade.un.org/db/help/LicenseAgreement.aspx and http://comtrade.un.org/db/help/uReadMeFirst.aspx.



created at 8/7/2012 11:44:48 AM
UN Monthly Comtrade - release of a new version - Introduction of a graphing feature and increase of the download limit

A new version of UN Monthly Comtrade (beta version) has been released. A new graphing feature has been introduced which allows users to view the development of trade between partner countries of a particular commodity in a graph. Further, the download limit in the data browser has been increased from 1,000 to 5,000 records.

Please see: http://comtrade.un.org/monthly/Public/ReleaseInfo.aspx



created at 8/1/2012 11:30:51 AM
UN Monthly Comtrade - detailed monthly trade data - New data release with data up to April 2012 (and later)

According to the data available in UN Monthly Comtrade (beta version), world trade in April 2012 showed a year-to-year increase of 3.3 percent as measured by total exports, and of 3.8 percent as measured by total imports, based on an estimated coverage of 43.7 percent of world trade. In March 2012, the corresponding year-to-year increases amounted to 1.6 percent and 1.0 percent. Data for May 2012 have been already included for multiple countries.

These figures reflect the development of trade in the countries that provided their data up to 24 July 2012 and whose data were processed and uploaded. For further information on data availability by country, please refer to the available table on total exports and imports containing year-on-year growth rates for all countries for which these can be calculated (meaning data for the months of both the current and previous years are available). The next release of updated data is planned for the end of August.

For further detail please see: http://comtrade.un.org/monthly/Public/ReleaseInfo.aspx



created at 8/1/2012 11:29:13 AM
UN Monthly Comtrade - detailed monthly trade data - New data release with data up to March 2012 (and later)

According to the data available in UN Monthly Comtrade (beta version), world trade in March 2012 showed a year-to-year increase of 3.6 percent as measured by total exports, and of 4.8 percent as measured by total imports, based on an estimated coverage of 28.9 percent of world trade. In February 2012, the corresponding year-to-year increases amounted to 7.8 percent and 10.7 percent. The available data for April 2012 are limited at this time.

These figures reflect the development of trade in the countries that provided their data up to 18 June 2012 and whose data were processed and uploaded. For further information on data availability by country please refer to the full table below on total exports and imports containing year-on-year growth rates for all countries for which these can be calculated (meaning data for the months of both the current and previous years are available). The next release of updated data is planned for the end of July.

For further detail please see: http://comtrade.un.org/monthly/Public/ReleaseInfo.aspx



created at 6/26/2012 2:33:26 PM
2011 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2011 ITSY), Volume I - Trade by country is now available online.

The 2011 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2011 ITSY) is being issued in two volumes which are prepared at different points in time during 2012. Volume I - Trade by Country is compiled early in 2012 (in May 2012) to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2011 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2011 country (area) data. Volume II – Trade by Commodity contains the detailed tables showing international trade in main commodity groups and is finalized approximately six months after the completion of Volume I as the preparation of those tables requires additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. Volume II contains also updated versions of the two world trade tables published in Volume I.

Volume I presents detailed data for a total of 174 countries (or areas) with the 2011 data on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner provided for 92 countries (areas), representing approximately 79% of world trade of 2011. All tables of Volume I are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript.Beginning with the 2008 edition Volume I is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual countries with the aim to provide a more analytical and condensed view of a country’s trade performance (country trade profile).

The detailed information about the trade of particular countries by commodity and partner (values and quantities) contained in the tables and graphs for individual countries in Volume I and commodities in Volume II are taken from the publicly available database UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/db/default.aspx). Users are advised to visit UN Comtrade for any additional and more current information as it is continuously updated.



created at 6/14/2012 10:28:07 AM
IMTS Compilers Manual - draft version now available.

The International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1 (IMTS 2010-CM) was officially endorsed for use by the United Nations Statistical Commission at its 43rd session from 28 February to 2 March 2012. It is available at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS%20web%20announcement.htm.

created at 3/13/2012 11:17:22 AM
UN Monthly Comtrade - now available.

This new application (beta version) of the United Nations Statistics Division provides detailed monthly merchandise trade data by commodity (6-digit of HS) and partner country. Registration is required. For access please go to http://comtrade.un.org/monthly.

created at 3/13/2012 11:15:21 AM
2010 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2010 ITSY), Volume II - Trade by commodity is now available online.

The 2010 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2010 ITSY) is being issued in two volumes which were prepared at different points in time during 2011. Volume I -Trade by Country has been compiled early in 2011 (in May 2011) to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2010 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2010 country (area) data.

Volume II – Trade by Commodity contains detailed tables showing international trade for individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) in 2010 and eleven world trade tables covering trade values and indices with data up to 2010. Volume II has been compiled approximately six months after the submission of Volume I (in November 2011) as the preparation of these tables requires and benefits from the additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. Volume II contains updated versions of the two world trade tables A and D published in Volume I.

Beginning with the 2008 edition Volume II is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) with the aim to provide a more analytical and condensed view of the exports and imports of a specific commodity (commodity trade profile). Overall, data for a total of 258 commodities are shown in Volume II. The information for 2010 is based on data provided by 141 countries (areas), representing 97.3% of world trade of 2010 (as available by mid of November). All tables of Volume II are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript.

The detailed information about the trade of particular countries by commodity and partner (values and quantities) contained in the tables and graphs for individual countries in Volume I and commodities in Volume II has been taken from the publicly available database UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/db/default.aspx). Users are advised to visit UN Comtrade for any additional and more current information as it is continuously updated.

For more detailed information users are requested to refer to the introduction.

The printed publication is expected to become available in approximately six months from now, its electronic (pdf-) version much earlier. Please contact the United Nations Sales and Marketing Section at E-mail: publications@un.org (Internet: http://unp.un.org).

The yearbook is made available in its parts at http://comtrade.un.org/pb/

created at 12/14/2011 4:25:02 PM
New edition of International Trade Statistics Newsletter now available.

The June 2011 issue of the International Trade Statistics newsletter is now available.
To subscribe to the newsletter, please register here.

created at 8/12/2011 4:00:00 PM
Report on the results of the worldwide consultation on the annotated draft outline of the updated IMTS Compilers Manual

The Report on the results of the worldwide consultation on the annotated draft outline of the updated IMTS Compilers Manual is now available.

Please click on the following link: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS%20web%20announcement.htm



created at 6/24/2011 3:45:09 PM
2010 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2010 ITSY), Volume I - Trade by country is now available online.

The 2010 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2010 ITSY) is being issued in two volumes which are prepared at different points in time during 2011. Volume I - Trade by Country is compiled early in 2011 (in May 2011) to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2010 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2010 country (area) data. Volume II – Trade by Commodity contains the detailed tables showing international trade in main commodity groups and is finalized approximately six months after the completion of Volume I as the preparation of those tables requires additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. Volume II contains also updated versions of the two world trade tables published in Volume I.

Volume I presents detailed data for a total of 175 countries (or areas) with the 2010 data on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner provided for 93 countries (areas), representing approximately 74% of world trade of 2010. All tables of Volume I are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript.Beginning with the 2008 edition Volume I is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual countries with the aim to provide a more analytical and condensed view of a country’s trade performance (country trade profile).

The detailed information about the trade of particular countries by commodity and partner (values and quantities) contained in the tables and graphs for individual countries in Volume I and commodities in Volume II are taken from the publicly available database UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/db/default.aspx). Users are advised to visit UN Comtrade for any additional and more current information as it is continuously updated.



created at 6/16/2011 2:33:26 PM
Worldwide consultation on the update of the Compilers Manual for International Merchandise Trade Statistics

Countries are requested to reply by 22 April 2010.

The request and the response form are available on the UNSD website.

Please click on the following link: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS%20web%20announcement.htm



created at 4/20/2011 11:51:16 AM
IMTS 2010 - the version submitted for reproduction and translation now available

Please find enclosed the IMTS 2010 as submitted for reproduction and translation in March 2011

Please click on the following link: IMTS 2010 - final version submitted for reproduction and translation



created at 4/20/2011 11:49:30 AM
The fourth edition of the Annual Totals Table (ATT) for Imports and Exports is now available.

The Annual Totals Table (ATT) of the International Merchandise Trade Statistics Section (IMTSS) of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) provides annual totals of imports and exports for all countries beginning with the year 2000 for which such data are available for publication. The ATT addresses the issue that data users are often confronted with different totals provided by different sources.The ATT is provided at least once a year.

The current, fourth edition of the ATT has been produced with information available as of 18 November 2010. The document can be found at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/imts/annual%20totals.htm

created at 1/19/2011 3:10:34 PM
2009 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2009 ITSY), Volume II - Trade by commodity is now available online.

The 2009 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2009 ITSY) is being issued in two volumes which were prepared at different points in time during 2010. Volume I -Trade by Country has been compiled early in 2010 (in May 2010) to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2009 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2009 country (area) data.

Volume II – Trade by Commodity contains detailed tables showing international trade for individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) in 2009 and eleven world trade tables covering trade values and indices with data up to 2009. Volume II has been compiled approximately six months after the submission of Volume I (in November 2010) as the preparation of these tables requires and benefits from the additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. Volume II contains updated versions of the two world trade tables A and D published in Volume I.

Beginning with the 2008 edition Volume II is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) with the aim to provide a more analytical and condensed view of the exports and imports of a specific commodity (commodity trade profile). Overall, data for a total of 258 commodities are shown in Volume II. The information for 2009 is based on data provided by 130 countries (areas), representing 92.6% of world trade of 2009 (as available by mid of November). All tables of Volume II are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript.

The detailed information about the trade of particular countries by commodity and partner (values and quantities) contained in the tables and graphs for individual countries in Volume I and commodities in Volume II has been taken from the publicly available database UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/db/default.aspx). Users are advised to visit UN Comtrade for any additional and more current information as it is continuously updated.

For more detailed information users are requested to refer to the introduction.

The printed publication is expected to become available in approximately six months from now, its electronic (pdf-) version much earlier. Please contact the United Nations Sales and Marketing Section at E-mail: publications@un.org (Internet: http://unp.un.org).

The yearbook is made available in its parts at http://comtrade.un.org/pb/

created at 12/16/2010 11:49:28 AM
Note of Ukraine 2009 trade data

Ukraine (2009) trade data was first published on 20 September 2010 but we received notice that this is not the correct data. Thus the data has been taken out of UN Comtrade on 04 October 2009. We are awaiting the receipt of the correct data.

If you have questions please send those to comtrade@un.org or via 'Contact us'.

created at 10/7/2010 1:14:59 PM
Note of Greece 2009 trade data

Greece (2009) trade data was first published on 16 September 2010 but was found to contain processing errors that distorted the data significantly. Thus the data has been re-processed to make correction to the data. The revised data was published on 01 October 2010.

If you have questions please send those to comtrade@un.org or via 'Contact us'.

created at 10/7/2010 1:12:48 PM
New edition of International Trade Statistics Newsletter now available.

The June 2010 issue of the International Trade Statistics newsletter is now available.
To subscribe to the newsletter, please register here.

created at 7/6/2010 12:19:24 PM
Free Download of Trade Data

Free Access to UN Comtrade

Each and every user has free access to all of the data available in the UN Comtrade database. For technical reasons there is a download limit of 50,000 records per data query, but there is no limit on the number of data queries a user can do. This limitation will be relaxed further, as the technical computing capacity is expanded. For background information, please read the full announcement.

To assist special categories of users, the download limit of 50,000 records has been lifted for:

- Registered institutional users (academic institutions, governmental and inter-governmental agencies, NGOs) from developing countries included in the IDA list.
- Data provider institutions
- Permanent missions to the United Nations
- Members of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)

For this, registration is required and you can email your request to comtrade@un.org  or fax it to 1-917-367-5106.

Key features of UN Comtrade available to all users are:

- Comtrade Explorer. Enter country name, commodity or year and this data mining tool will give an instant overview of data you are looking for. Thereafter, you can dig for more refined data.
-UN Comtrade Knowledge Base. This is a repository of background information on UN Comtrade. It explains the functionalities, the concepts behind the data, why imports and exports differ, and the answers to some frequently asked questions
- Community Forum. Users have instant online support via the UN Comtrade Knowledge Base. In addition, there is peer-to-peer support via UN Comtrade Community Forum, where you can post questions or share your own experience.
- Support. If you are still left with questions, then there is a single point of contact, namely comtrade@un.org

Premium Access Service

It is recognized that certain users may wish to have the capability to download amounts of data above the limit of 50,000 records (bulk download of millions of records or data streaming via web services), to save queries on the system, to make their own country or commodity groups and save those on the system as well, to customize download layout or to schedule the execution of certain queries at regular intervals. For such users, premium access service to UN Comtrade has been created. Since such service taxes more heavily on the system and requires additional storage space, this service does not come free of charge. If you are interested in obtaining premium access service, please visit the UN Publication web site at http://unp.un.org/comtrade.aspx or email subscriptions@un.org.

created at 6/30/2010 4:37:46 PM
2009 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2009 ITSY), Volume I - Trade by country is now available online.

The 2009 International Trade Statistics Yearbook, Volume I – Trade by Country provides an overview of the international merchandise trade in 2009 and detailed information on the trade performance for numerous countries up to the year 2009. This volume is compiled early in 2010 to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2009 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2009 country (area) data. Volume II – Trade by Commodity contains the detailed tables showing international trade in main commodity groups and is finalized approximately six months after the completion of Volume I as the preparation of those tables requires additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. Volume II contains also updated versions of the two world trade tables published in Volume I.

Beginning with the 2008 edition Volume I is published in a redesigned format in respect to the presentation of data for individual countries with the aim to provide a more analytical and condensed view of a country’s trade performance (country trade profile). Overall, data for a total of 174 countries (or areas) are shown in Volume I with the 2009 data on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner provided for 88 countries (areas), representing approximately 70% of world trade of 2009. All tables of Volume I are made available electronically shortly after the completion of the manuscript.

The detailed information about the trade of particular countries by commodity and partner (values and quantities) contained in the tables and graphs for individual countries in Volume I and commodities in Volume II are taken from the publicly available database UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/db/default.aspx). Users are advised to visit UN Comtrade for any additional and more current information as it is continuously updated.

The yearbook is made available in its parts at http://comtrade.un.org/pb/

created at 6/11/2010 12:48:52 PM
New recommendations on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS 2010) adopted in February 2010.

The Statistical Commission, at its forty-first session, held in New York from 23 to 26 February 2010, adopted the draft of the International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions 2010 (IMTS 2010) as the new international recommendations for merchandise trade statistics (See Official records of the Economic and Social Council, 2008, Supplement No. 4 (E/2008/24 and E/CN.3/2008/34), chapter I, section B, Decision 39/109).

The pre-edited version of the IMTS 2010 is available here.

created at 5/13/2010 11:03:08 AM
New edition of International Trade Statistics Newsletter now available.

The March 2010 issue of the International Trade Statistics newsletter is now available.
To subscribe to the newsletter, please register here.

created at 4/20/2010 9:57:55 AM
ECLAC released its newly updated “Interactive Graphic System of International Economics Trends” (SIGCI)

Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Division of International Trade and Integration has released newly updated SIGCI Trade Module that aims to visualize complex trade information to end users. The newly updated system is easy to use and can generate graphs, tables and indicators of international merchandise trade statistics.

This analytical application connects to UN Comtrade database using web services in real time, therefore eliminating the needs of data synchronization. Any new/updated datasets will be immediately visible in SIGCI.

http://www.eclac.org/comercio/ecdata/index.html.

created at 3/16/2010 2:41:32 PM
2008 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2008 ITSY), Volume II - Trade by commodity is now available online

The 2008 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2008 ITSY), Volume II - Trade by commodity contains detailed tables showing international trade for individual commodities (3-digit SITC groups) and eleven world trade tables covering trade values and indices and has been compiled approximately six months after the submission of Volume I (in December 2009) as the preparation of these tables requires and benefits from the additional country data which, normally, become available later in the year. Volume II contains updated versions of the two world trade tables A and D published in Volume I. Overall, data for a total of 258 commodities are shown in Volume II. The information for 2008 is based on data provided by 139 countries (areas), representing 95% of world trade of 2008.

The presentation of the information on individual commodity has been re-designed. Instead of detailed tables, now so called commodity trade profiles show an analytical and condensed view of the evolution of trade in a particular commodity by using graphs, overview tables and descriptive text. For more detailed data, users are requested to go directly to UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/) which is the source of the information presented in the commodity trade profiles.

For this first edition of the redesigned yearbook, the country and commodity tables of the previous editions of the yearbook are provided as additional annexes available online. Annex II – Trade by Commodity shows the identical data as the corresponding commodity profiles in Volume II as both were produced at the same time. However, Annex I – Trade by Country shows more recent data than the corresponding country profiles in Volume I, as annex I was produced later in the year along with Annex II.

The yearbook is made available in its parts at http://comtrade.un.org/pb/

created at 3/9/2010 2:36:05 PM
Free access to BACI database and WITS (for Site License subscriber)

BACI database is an international trade database from CEPII covering more than 200 countries and 5,000 products, between 1994 and 2007. Original procedures have been developed to reconcile data reported by almost 150 countries to the United Nations Statistics Division, which disseminate them via UN COMTRADE. When both exporting and importing countries do report, we have two different figures for the same flow, which is useful to reconcile in a single figure. Firstly, as import values are reported CIF (cost, insurance and freight) and the exports are reported FOB (free on board), CIF costs have to be estimated and removed from imports values to compute FOB import values. The second step is an evaluation of the reliability of country reporting, based on the reporting distances among partners. These reporting qualities are used as weights in the reconciliation of each bilateral trade flow twice reported. Taking advantage of this double information on each flow, we end up with a large coverage of countries not reporting at a given level of the product classification.

http://www.cepii.fr/anglaisgraph/bdd/baci.htm

World Bank's World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) is a simple to use yet powerful software which gives access to trade and tariff related statistical information; includes some simulation and analysis tools. Trade flows and tariff data can be extracted to be used in self-contained analysis and simulation tools or to be further computed outside WITS in spreadsheet or statistical software. In addition to Comtrade, WITS allows access to the following major trade flow & tariff databases: UNCTAD TRAINS and the WTO IDB and CTS. UN Comtrade Site License subscriber may access Comtrade database through WITS application.

http://wits.worldbank.org/witsweb

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New edition of International Trade Statistics Newsletter now available.

The December 2009 issue of the International Trade Statistics newsletter is now available.
To subscribe to the newsletter, please register here.

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Towards IMTS, Rev. 3 (IMTS2010) - Report of the Second Meeting of the Expert Group on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (EG-IMTS) now available.

Please click on the following link for meeting documents: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS_Nov%202009_lod.htm.

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The third edition of the Annual Totals Table (ATT) for Imports and Exports is now available.

The Annual Totals Table (ATT) of the International Merchandise Trade Statistics Section (IMTSS) of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) provides annual totals of imports and exports for all countries beginning with the year 2000 for which such data are available for publication. The ATT addresses the issue that data users are often confronted with different totals provided by different sources.The ATT is provided at least once a year.

The third edition of the ATT has been produced with information available as of 17 November 2009. The document can be found at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/imts/annual%20totals.htm

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Towards IMTS, Rev. 3 (IMTS2010) - Report on the Results of the second round of worldwide consultation now available

Please click on the following link: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS%20web%20announcement.htm.

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Towards IMTS, Rev. 3 (IMTS2010)
Second Meeting of the Expert Group on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (EG-IMTS) 3-6 November 2009, New York

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing the second meeting of the Expert Group on International Merchandise Trade Statistics from 3 to 6 November 2009 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The main purpose of the meeting is to review and endorse the provisional draft of the revised recommendations for international merchandise trade statistics which has to be submitted to the United Nations Statistical Commission for adoption at its 41st Session (23-26 February 2010). Also, the Expert Group will discuss a number of issues relevant to the development of the implementation program of the revised recommendations. Experts from different countries and regions as well as from international and regional organizations active in the area of international merchandise trade statistics will be participating in this meeting.

Please click on the following link for more details: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS%20Nov%202009.html.

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Data reported in HS2007 now also converted to SITC, Rev.1 and SITC, Rev.2

As of today data reported in the latest version of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, Forth Edition (2007) (HS2007) is made available converted to the SITC, Rev.1 and SITC, Rev.2. Now, the data reported in HS2007 are converted to all previous HS editions, all SITC revisions and the Classification by Broad Economic Categories (BEC).

Background: HS2007 came into effect 1.1.2007 and many countries provided their detailed trade data for the reporting year 2007 according to the HS2007. For the convenience of users UN Comtrade provides not only the data in the original classification in which it is provided but also converted to earlier HS versions and other trade classifications. It should be noted that the very nature of a revision of a classification does not allow establishing a clear 1:1 correspondence for all codes of a new to the codes of previous versions of a classification and users should bear in mind the potential shortcomings when using converted instead of original data. A detailed note on the methodology used for developing the data conversions together with correlation and conversion tables is available here.

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Towards IMTS, Rev. 3 - Provisional draft of IMTS2010 now available

Please click on the following link: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS%20web%20announcement.htm.

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The June 2009 edition of International Trade Statistics Newsletter now available.

The June 2009 issue of the International Trade Statistics newsletter is now available.
To subscribe to the newsletter, please register here.

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Towards IMTS, Rev. 3 - Report of the Third Virtual meeting of EG-IMTS now available

Please click on the following link: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS%20web%20announcement.htm.

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2008 Trade Yearbook, Volume I - Trade by country now available

Volume I of the 2008 International Trade Statistics Yearbook provides an overview of international merchandise trade in 2008 and data for a total of 173 countries (or areas) on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner with 2008 data provided for 77 countries (areas), representing approximately 61% of world trade of 2008.

Background: The 2008 International Trade Statistics Yearbook (2008 ITSY) is new and different from previous editions as it has been re-designed and its two volumes will be published separately. The 2008 ITSY 2008, Volume I - Trade by country has been completed in mid of June 2009 (instead of in December) in order to allow for an early release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2008 and for a much earlier publication of the 2008 country (area) data available on UN Comtrade.The presentation of the information on individual countries (or areas) in Volume I has been re-designed. Instead of detailed tables, now so called country trade profiles show an analytical and condensed view of a country’s trade performance by using graphs, overview tables and descriptive text. For more detailed data users are requested to go directly to UN Comtrade (http://comtrade.un.org/db/default.aspx) which is the source of the information presented in the country trade profiles.

The 2008 ITSY, Volume II - Trade by commodity will be, as previously, completed end of December as more complete data is required for showing detailed information of trade by commodity.

The full electronic (pdf) version of this publication is expected to become available in early July 2009; the printed publication might become available by end of 2009. Please contact the United Nations Sales and Marketing Section at E-mail: publications@un.org or check on the internet at: http://unp.un.org.

The 2008 ITSY, Volume I has been made available in its parts at http://comtrade.un.org/pb/.



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Historical data (1900-1960) now made available

Please click on the following link: Historical data 1900-1960 on International Merchandise Trade Statistics

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Special Data Update

Due to number of records discrepancies between UN Comtrade and internal database, these following datasets have been updated:

Azerbaijan/2007/H3, Azerbaijan/2007/S4, Australia/2006/BE, Australia/2005/BE, Australia/2004/BE, Belgium/2007/H3, Belgium/2007/S4, Bolivia/2007/H3, Bolivia/2007/S4, Croatia/2007/H2, Croatia/2007/H3, Croatia/2007/S4, Cyprus/2007/H3, Cyprus/2007/S4, Czech Rep./2007/H0, France/2007/H3, France/2007/S4, Germany/2007/H3, Germany/2007/S4, Germany/2005/BE, Germany/2004/BE, Germany/2003/BE, Germany/2000/BE, Greece/2007/H3, Greece/2007/S4, China, Hong Kong SAR/2007/H3, China, Hong Kong SAR/2007/S4, Iceland/2007/H3, Iceland/2007/S4, Iceland/2005/S1, Jordan/2007/H3, Jordan/2005/BE, Jordan/2005/S1, Jordan/2005/S2, Rep. of Korea/2007/H3, Rep. of Korea/2007/S4, Luxembourg/2007/H0, Luxembourg/2007/H1, Luxembourg/2007/H2, Panama/2001/H0, Panama/2001/H1, Panama/2001/S1, Panama/2001/S2, Panama/2001/S3, Romania/2007/H3, Romania/2007/S4, Senegal/2005/BE, Senegal/2005/S1, Senegal/2005/S2, Senegal/2005/S3, Slovakia/2002/BE, Slovakia/2002/H0, Slovakia/2002/H1, Slovakia/2002/H2, Slovakia/2002/S1, Slovakia/2002/S2, Slovakia/2002/S3, Slovenia/2007/H3, Slovenia/2007/S4, Switzerland/2007/H0, Switzerland/2007/H1, Switzerland/2007/H2, Switzerland/2007/H3, Switzerland/2007/S4, Thailand/2005/BE, Thailand/2005/H0, Thailand/2005/H1, Thailand/2005/H2, Thailand/2005/S1, Thailand/2005/S2, Thailand/2005/S3, Burkina Faso/2004/BE, Burkina Faso/2004/H0, Burkina Faso/2004/H1, Burkina Faso/2004/H2, Burkina Faso/2004/S1, Burkina Faso/2004/S2, Burkina Faso/2004/S3, Burkina Faso/2003/BE, Burkina Faso/2003/H0, Burkina Faso/2003/H1, Burkina Faso/2003/S1, Burkina Faso/2003/S2, Burkina Faso/2003/S3

The discrepancies were caused by incomplete data transfer / upload from internal database to UN Comtrade.

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IMTS Workshop, Bogota, 31 March-3 April 2009

Please click on the following link: IMTS Workshop, Bogotá

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Update of IMTS web pages

Please click on the following link:Update of IMTS web pages

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New classification option in data extraction

In general, countries report their detailed merchandise trade data in the latest version of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). Yet, some countries report their data in earlier HS versions. As a consequence, when querying the data for the latest version of the HS, UN Comtrade is not showing data for all available reporters; and when querying the data for an earlier version of the HS users will obtain data reported in this HS version together with data converted to this HS version.

Now, in addition to data extraction in different commodity classifications, it is possible for user to extract at once data for all reporters in the original classification in which it was reported. In both, Basic and Express Selection, users can select HS “as reported” or SITC “as reported” to extract data in the original classification (essentially all countries report now in the HS but in earlier years SITC was used). For additional metadata, such as version of the original classification or original currency, please consult the Explanatory Notes.

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