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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.

English French, Arabic

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Intrastat system of the European Union

An examination of the Intrastat system of the European Union is of particular importance for illustrating (a) the challenge of implementing of a statistical system for a customs union while maintaining full trade information on its individual member countries and (b) the use of enterprise surveys for data collection. In addition, this chapter offers lessons learned on data processing and quality control.

English Arabic, French

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