WTO Releases New and Updated Tools for Trade and Tariff Statistics
The World Trade Organization released recently a package of new and updated information on international trade and tariffs.
International Trade Statistics 2010 is a comprehensive overview of world trade up to the end of 2010 that covers merchandise trade by product and trade in commercial services by category. The publication was redesigned this year to enhance the presentation of the data, and the WTO is seeking feedback to further improve its quality. All data used in the publication, as well as additional charts, can be downloaded from the WTO Web site’s statistics page.
World Tariff Profiles, a joint publication of the WTO, the International Trade Center and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, provides comprehensive tariff information on all WTO members and other countries. For each country the report outlines the market access offered to imports and the market access conditions its products face in its major export markets. The profiles include both maximum tariff rates that are legally bound in the WTO and the rates actually applied. An electronic copy of this publication is available in PDF format here.
Trade Profiles 2011 provides the latest information on trade flows and the trade policy measures of WTO members, observers and other selected economies. The data provided includes basic economic indicators (such as gross domestic product), trade policy indicators (such as tariffs, import duties, the number of disputes, notifications outstanding and contingency measures in force), merchandise trade flows (broken down by broad product categories and major origins and destinations), services trade flows (with a breakdown by major components) and industrial property indicators. A PDF version of this publication is available here.
Pages linked via a maps gateway allow for comparison between countries or customs territories using data of the user’s choice. Options include trade per capita, trade to GDP ratio, tariff binding coverage, MFN tariffs, and imports and exports of merchandise and services.