Exploring Trade Data

A place to showcase innovative and experimental uses of UN Comtrade data. Explore visualizations of huge volume of data and metadata, cutting-edge data extraction tools, and alternative dissemination platforms.


Data Visualization




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ABRAMS World Trade Wiki
provided by Inigma LLC

ABRAMS world trade wiki is the first to introduce a unique business intelligence portal where UN Comtrade macro economic data is connected to customs trade data. This powerful research and visualization tool not only offers the opportunity to quickly gain insight into emerging markets in global world trade, but also shows which companies have contributed to these market trends. ABRAMS world trade wiki is used by governments, policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, logisticians and consultants as an important resource and instrument to generate knowledge out of big data.

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Hanse
Provided by East-West International Trade Analytics

Hanse offers interactive international trade analysis to explore prospects and competition in international merchandise trade. The interface allows user-defined queries and produces relevant international trade indicators, identifying relevant trade patterns in great detail through its powerful filters. Hanse uses Comtrade data to offer annual export and import data since 1963 for the E.U., U.S., China and Japan as reporting countries/areas, for 184 partner countries, up to 5,000 trade sectors and in 2 international trade classifications. Hanse is ideal for helping small and medium-sized enterprises assess their international trade environment and formulate their export and import expansion strategies.

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Trade Data Analytics and Visualization
Provided by TrendEconomy

TrendEconomy (TE) open data portal is based on Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) standard and contains up-to-date yearly and monthly international merchandise trade data from UN Comtrade with a number of visualizations and analytical tools. TE offers users the ability to easy find and select information that is needed. Five different types of data visualization are available: scalable map, configurable pivot table, line, column or pie chart. Portal has a user-friendly and intuitive interface with the ability to download data as an image or as a table.

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The Atlas of Economic Complexity 2.3
Provided by Harvard Center for International Development

The Center for International Development at Harvard University has launched version 2.3 of The Atlas of Economic Complexity. This updated version provides new data including trade in services for over 170 countries and trade in more than 5000 new goods worldwide. The Atlas is a powerful research and data visualization tool that allows people to explore over 50 years of trade dynamics for every country. The tool combines raw COMTRADE and IMF data with insights from CID’s research in a way that is accessible and interactive. Today, The Atlas is used by policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs and academics as an important resource for understanding a country’s economic structure.

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DIT/BEIS International Trade in Goods and Services Visualisation
Provided by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in the UK

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in the UK have created this interactive visualisation which reflects the very latest data available in UN Comtrade. Countries’ exports, imports and trade balances are displayed in a user-friendly, color-coded world map, along with downloadable time-series data and information on the top 10 trading partners and traded commodities/services. The visualizations can be further customized by selecting specific trading partners and/or commodities/services. The tool utilizes the UN Comtrade Application Programming Interface (API), which currently allows up to 100 requests per hour.

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NAFTA Trade Flows
Provided by Thomson Reuters Labs

Which commodities have experienced the greatest increase in trade within NAFTA? Which NAFTA countries have the strongest import-export bonds between each other, and at what point in time? How much intra-NAFTA trade occurs compared to extra-NAFTA trade for a given commodity? Thomson Reuters Labs collected, analyzed and visualized UN Comtrade data to find out.

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Ghemawat.com
Provided by Pankaj Ghemawat

The professional website of Prof. Pankaj Ghemawat (of NYU and IESE) contains powerful tools that help users understand the connections between countries. Cartograms covering trade, capital, information, people flows and more allow users to see the world from the perspective of a particular country, industry, or company. The CAGE Comparator™ examines international flows and helps identify untapped opportunities for companies and countries. Users can create custom analyses covering 184 countries and over 100 types of international activity.

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ResourceTrade.earth
Provided by Chatham House

resourcetrade.earth has been developed by Chatham House to enable users to explore the fast-evolving dynamics of international trade in natural resources, the sustainability implications of such trade, and the related interdependencies that emerge between importing and exporting countries and regions.

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A World of Oil
Provided by GSM London

A World of Oil uses UN Comtrade’s data to showcase 20 years of the global oil trade - who buys it, who supplies it, and how these relationships change over the years. See the volumes and values of oil traded between the world’s ten biggest importers and exporters for every year from 1995 to 2014.

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UN Comtrade Analytics
Provided by the UN Statistics Division
Powered by the OICT Unite Analytics

The trade dashboard is an interactive but easy to use visualization of time-series data that reflect the very latest trade data available in UN Comtrade. In addition, to the extent possible, the data gaps were estimated and flagged accordingly. Countries’ export and import data are displayed in various visualization techniques. It can be further customized by selecting individual or multiple countries, regions and/or commodities, and year.

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Trade Map
Provided by the International Trade Centre (ITC)

Trade Map provides - in the form of graphs, maps and tables - indicators on export performance, international demand, alternative markets and competitive markets, as well as a directory of importing and exporting companies. The monthly, quarterly and yearly trade flows are available from the most aggregated level to the tariff line level.    

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Asia Pacific Energy Portal
Provided by UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

The Asia Pacific Energy Portal provides interactice visualization of energy-related data and policy information for ESCAP member and associate member States, including information on pricing, international trade, investment, environment, access and related policies. It also provides maps and Sankey diagrams of energy imports and exports based through UN Comtrade Public Data API.

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The Globe of Economic Complexity
Provided by the Center for International Development at Harvard University

The Globe of Economic Complexity dynamically maps all countries’ traded commodities, their volumes and export destinations, and allows users to navigate export networks and intricate connections between products. The tool utilizes novel web technologies (WebGL) and design to visualize trade flows as 3-d “confetti,” with the ability to morph into bar charts, compounded country textures, and node-link diagrams.

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GFCC Competitiveness Decoder
Provided by the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC)

The GFCC Competitiveness Decoder™ is the first data-based tool developed to visualize the key drivers of national competitiveness. Developed by the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, the Decoder™ is built on more than 130 competitiveness metrics and the UN Comtrade dataset, covering more than hundred countries over the last 35 years. The Decoder™ allows users to understand global competitiveness by creating advanced visualizations like timelines, maps and ranks of countries.The Decoder™ is a tool for thinking, learning and action.

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Trade Data Visualization
Provided by World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS)

World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) provides both simple and detailed visualizations analysing country, product and tariff trade flows. WITS also offers an additional visualization, "Openness to Trade", which presents the relationship between trade openness and economic growth.

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SAS Visual Analytics for UN Comtrade
Provided by SAS

The UN Statistics Division and SAS have collaborated to provide real-time insights and analytics on 300+ million rows of data from UN Comtrade, unlocking rich insights hidden in its wealth of trade information to policy makers, the business community, research institutions and the general public.

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Partner Concentration of Trade, 2013
Provided by United Nations DM/OICT Unite Analytics

The International Trade Statistics Yearbook Volume I - Trade by Country is compiled as an overview of international merchandise trade in the previous year and publication of the available country (area) data. This visualization of Partner Concentration in 2013 is an interactive supplement to Volume I.

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Resources Futures
Provided by Chatham House

Resources Futures focuses on the new political economy of resources. It analyses the latest global trends in the production, trade and consumption of key raw materials or intermediate products and explores how defensive and offensive moves by governments and other stakeholders are creating new fault lines on top of existing weaknesses and uncertainties. It also proposes a series of critical interventions to tackle resource price volatility and to improve confidence and coordination in increasingly integrated global resource markets.

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Global Economic Dynamics
Provided by Bertelsmann Foundation

The “Global Economic Dynamics” (GED) project of the Bertelsmann Foundation is intended to contribute to better understanding of the growing complexity of global economic developments. By using the latest tools and methods for measuring, forecasting and modeling global economic dynamics, the project is designed to make globalization, its economic effects and its political consequences more transparent and understandable.

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The Observatory of Economic Complexity
Provided by MIT

The Observatory of Economic Complexity is a tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange. The observatory provides access to bilateral trade data for roughly 200 countries, 50 years and 1000 different products of the Harmonized System and SITC.

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Data Services



UN Comtrade+ Data Extraction Test

Announcing a test of the new UN Comtrade+ interface! We've begun rolling out a new interface for users to access UN Comtrade data. It includes modern browser support, works well on mobile phones and tablets, and is powered by an open API. Keep an eye out for new features being added over the coming weeks as we add monthly data support and respond to your feedback!


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