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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Overview of national compilation and dissemination practices

This chapter provides an overview of national compilation and dissemination practices and their compliance with the recommendations contained in International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions, Revision 2 (IMTS, Rev.2) and the compilation guidelines outlined in International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual (IMTS: Compilers Manual). The results shown are based on 132 responses to a questionnaire drafted by the United Nations Statistics Division, reviewed by other members of the Task Force on International Merchandise Trade Statistics and sent out jointly by the Statistics Division, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization to trade statistics compilers in 2006.

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