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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Selected data compilation issues

This chapter provides additional information on goods for processing (Section A), goods for repair (section B), re-exports (section C) and the feasibility of an FOB-type valuation of imports (section D). This information is of special interest to trade statisticians in view of the data collection problems frequently encountered and the importance of these cases for clarification of the relationship between trade statistics compiled on the basis of International Merchandise Trade Statistics, Concepts and Definitions, Revision 2 (IMTS, Rev.2) and those compiled on the basis of the Balance of Payments Manual, fifth and the sixth editions (BPM5 and BPM6). Chapter 5 contains a complete overview of the adjustments that need to be made to international merchandise trade data in order to approximate trade flows on the BPM6 basis.

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