International Merchandise Trade Statistics

Supplement to the compliers manual

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The Supplement covers a number of topics deemed to be beneficial to trade data compilers, including an overview of compiling practices, the revised International convention on the simplification and harmonization of customs procedures (revised Kyoto Convention), the 2007 edition of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, specific compilation issues such as goods for processing and re-exports, an overview of the differences between IMTS and general merchandise in balance of payments statistics, the lessons learned from the Intrastat system of the European Union, and the topic of linking trade and business statistics.

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The Supplement was drafted by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, with contributions from members of the Task Force on International Merchandise Trade Statistics. Specifically, Andreas Maurer and Yann Marcus of the World Trade Organization provided significant input to chapter 4, sections A and D. Clemens Schröter and Karo Nuortila of the Eurostat wrote the initial drafts of chapter 6 and chapter 4 section B, and Andreas Lindner of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development wrote the initial draft of chapter 7. Robert Dippelsman of the International Monetary Fund and Simon Royals of the World Customs Organization provided valuable comments. The Supplement went through various cycles of revision and the responsibility for the final version lies entirely with United Nations Statistics Division.

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