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International Merchandise Trade Statistics

Compilers Manual - Revision 1

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The International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1 (IMTS 2010-CM) supports statisticians in countries in the implementation of the new and updated recommendations contained in International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions, Revision 3 (IMTS 2010). The Manual contains further and more detailed explanation of certain recommendations and provides practical guidance for trade statistics compilers by describing good or best practices applicable under different circumstances. However, the Manual is also a very valuable source of information for all users and analysts of trade statistics as it highlights critical issues of trade statistics and its compilation and describes existing country practises in numerous examples. Readers will gain an inside look in trade statistics, allowing an in depth understanding of issues and practises.

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Acknowledgements

International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1 (IMTS 2010- CM) was prepared by the United Nations Statistics Division in collaboration with the members of the Expert Group on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (EG-IMTS) listed in alphabetical order of countries and organizations: Brazil (P. Pavao and F. Martins Pimentel), Canada (A. Torrance), China (H. Jin), Colombia (J. F. Martínez), Costa Rica (A. M. Umaña), Czech Republic (V. Petraskova), Germany (K. Geyer-Schaefer, A. Krockow and S. Gehle-Dechant), Italy (S. Menghinello and P. Anitori), Jamaica (L. Reid), Mexico (G. A. Durand Alcántara and P. Álvarez Icaza Longoria), Morocco (H. Ouljour), Norway (L. Korbol), Philippines (E. de Guzman), Uganda (J. Mayende), Ukraine (V. Pischeiko and L. Matronich), United Kingdom (M. Kingston and S. Tudor), United States of America (D. Dickerson and D. Oberg) and Viet Nam (T. M. T. Le); and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) (A. J. Walakira), Customs Union Commission (Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russian Federation) (E. Borushko), Eurostat (K. Nuortila and A. Ridzonova), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (M. Campeanu), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (A. Lindner), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (M. Muryawan), Universal Postal Union (UPU) (M. Helble), World Customs Organization (WCO) (E. De Jong), World Trade Organization (WTO) (A. Maurer and Y. Markus), United Nations Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (R. Jansen, M. Reister, L. González Morales, C.S. Lovell and V. Markhonko as consultant).

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