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



The Supplement is divided into seven chapters, covering compilation practices (chapters 1 and 6), reference documentation (chapters 2 and 3), compilation issues (chapter 4), conceptual issues (chapter 5) and the relation between trade and business statistics (chapter 7). Relevant country experiences are included in chapters 4 and 7, whereas chapter 6 provides an in-depth view of the trade data collection system of the European Union. Several annexes provide supplementary information; they immediately follow the chapter to which they refer.

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