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From the World Trade Organization.- International Trade Statistics (ITS):
Annual publication including detailed analysis and tables for 2007 (leading traders, trade by sector and product, regional trade, LDCs, etc.)

International Trade Statistics, 2009
Data in real terms show that world gross domestic product (GDP) and world merchandise exports not only move in tandem, but that export growth exceeds GDP growth. Growth of world GDP is associated with an even higher growth in international trade. Declines also show the same tendency as is shown by Chart I.1 on the volatility of world merchandise trade and GDP from 1960 to 2008.
It is important to bear in mind that merchandise trade flows are recorded on a “gross basis” whereas GDP measures the value added during the production of goods and services (i.e. output less intermediate consumption). This means in particular that traded intermediate products are only taken into account in GDP through the additional value produced at each step of the production process. In merchandise trade data, intermediate goods are counted at full value each time they cross the frontier. A higher number of cross-border movements in the case of intermediate manufactured goods may therefore result in a higher growth of merchandise trade compared to GDP. The emergence of international supply chains increases this phenomenon.
International Trade Statistics 2009 continues to serve as an invaluable reference for researchers, policy makers, and anyone interested in international trade.          Previous editions of ITS
International Trade Statistics, 2008
Trade slowed down in 2007 due to weakening demand from developed economies. Realignments in exchange rates and fl uctuations in the prices for commodities, such as oil and gas, introduced uncertainties into the global markets. Growth in world merchandise exports slipped to 6 per cent in real terms in 2007, following a year-to-year expansion of world gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.4 per cent. The slowdown of trade growth from 8.5 per cent in 2006 is due to a deceleration of import demand, mainly in the United States but also in Europe and Japan. Trade remained strong in most developing countries. Regions such as Africa, the Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), developing Asia, and South and Central America showed sustained growth in their economies in 2007. While higher commodity prices helped to improve the financial situation of certain countries, higher energy and food prices also increased infl ationary pressures worldwide.
International Trade Statistics 2007

International Trade Statistics 2006
International Trade Statistics 2005
International Trade Statistics 2004
International Trade Statistics 2003
International Trade Statistics 2002

International Trade Statistics 2001
This report provides comprehensive, comparable and up-to-date statistics on trade in merchandise and commercial services for an assessment of world trade flows by country, region and main product groups or service categories. Read press release for explanations and highlights. 
Some 250 tables and charts depict trade developments from various perspectives and provide a number of long-term time series. Major trade developments are summarized and discussed in the first part of the report under Overview. Detailed trade statistics are provided in Appendix tables. This volume has been produced by a team of statisticians from the Statistics Division in collaboration with the Economic Research and Analysis Division. Previous editions of ITS
International Trade Statistics 2000
International Trade Statistics 1999
Last year’s Annual Report was written when the Asian financial crisis was only a year old. There was still considerable concern then about the risk of contagion and deep recession. A year later, the situation is more healthy, although only the complacent would contest the need for policy vigilance. Important challenges remain, and recovery is far from complete. Global GDP growth decelerated sharply from the record expansion in the previous year while trade volume growth was more than halved. For parts of Asia a contraction in output growth also meant that import volume growth turned negative. The economic performance of other regions helped to maintain global output growth at around 2.0 per cent and world export growth at about 4 per cent in 1998. The United States continued a remarkable period of expansion, contributing significantly to the global figure. The European Union grew less, but above the global average.
Developing countries taken as a group did not fare as well as they have in recent years. Their share of world trade fell for the first time in more than a decade. While the drop in world output and trade recorded for 1998 may not show much sign of improvement in 1999, it will almost certainly start to look better in the year 2000. Thus it may be argued that the world economy is turning a corner following the buffeting of the Asian financial crisis and its aftermath.

International Trade Statistics 1998
Financial and economic turmoil has shaken much of the world in the last few months, affecting most of Asia and Russia in particular, and presenting new challenges for many other countries. This crisis calls for a sense of collective responsibility, as urgently as at any other time in the post-war period. From the perspective of the global trading system, this means three things. First, it requires a clear and continuing commitment by governments to the multilateral trading system and a firm resolve to resist protectionism. Second, a fresh impetus toward trade liberalization would contribute to the resolution of the crisis and would send a positive signal to the markets. Third, renewed efforts to bring the countries outside the system, including Russia and China, into the World Trade Organization would help to complete the global economic architecture for which the need has been so strongly demonstrated.
The difficulties facing the world economy pose serious policy challenges. Millions have seen the value of their assets sharply deteriorate. The economies of many Asian nations and...
Statistics Database
Welcome to the WTO statistics database, which allows you to retrieve statistical information in the following presentations.
  • The Trade Profiles provide predefined information leaflets on the trade situation of members, observers and other selected economies;
  • The Tariff Profiles provide information on the market access situation of members, observers and other selected economies;
  • The Services Profiles provide detailed statistics on key infrastructure services (transportation, telecommunications, finance and insurance) for selected economies;
  • The Time Series section allows an interactive data retrieval of international trade statistics.

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