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Updated Global Trade and Tariff Statistics Tools Available from WTO

Wednesday, November 04, 2015
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The World Trade Organization has released its annual package of trade and tariff data, which provides detailed statistics on import/export flows and tariff rates in 2014.

To mark the WTO’s 20th anniversary, International Trade Statistics 2015 looks back at world trade from 1995 to the end of 2014. This report covers merchandise and services trade as well as trade in global value chains. A variety of charts illustrate noteworthy trends in global trade while numerous tables provide more detailed information.

World Tariff Profiles 2015, a joint publication of the WTO, the International Trade Center and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, provides a unique collection of data on tariffs imposed by WTO members and other economies. The first part provides summary tables showing the average tariffs imposed by individual economies. The second part provides a more detailed table for each economy, listing the tariffs it imposes on imports (by product group) as well as the tariffs it faces for exports to major trading partners. The profiles show the maximum tariff rates that are legally bound in the WTO as well as the rates that economies actually apply. The special topic in this year’s issue is tariff accumulation, effective protection and export competitiveness in global production, which examines the impact of tariffs on industrial production costs.

Trade Profiles 2015 provides one-page snapshots of the most relevant indicators on growth, trade and trade policy measures for more than 200 economies. The data provided include 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.

Services Profiles 2015 provides statistics on key infrastructure services (transportation, telecommunications, finance and insurance) for 186 economies, including, for the first time, all 161 WTO members. The information is derived from multiple sources, such as national accounts, employment statistics, balance of payments statistics, foreign affiliates statistics, foreign direct investment statistics and quantitative indicators largely sourced from international/regional organizations and specialized bodies.

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