WTO Publishes Annual Package of Trade and Tariff Data
The WTO released on 28 October 2014 new editions of its key statistical publications: International Trade Statistics, Trade Profiles, World Tariff Profiles and Services Profiles. The four publications provide a detailed breakdown of the latest trade developments.
International Trade Statistics 2014 provides a detailed overview of world trade up to the end of 2013, covering merchandise and services trade as well as trade measured in value-added terms.
A variety of charts illustrate noteworthy trends in global trade while numerous tables provide more detailed data. A chapter on methodology explains how the data are compiled. The publication is available first in electronic format, with a print version to follow in November. Data can be downloaded from the WTO web site
World Tariff Profiles 2014 provides a unique collection of data on tariffs imposed by WTO members and other countries. It is jointly published by the WTO, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The first part of the publication provides summary tables showing the average tariffs imposed by individual countries. The second part provides a more detailed table for each country, 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 and the rates that countries actually apply. This edition of World Trade Profiles has anti-dumping measures as its special topic, and includes a compilation of frequently asked questions.
Trade Profiles 2014 provides a snapshot summary of the most relevant indicators on growth, trade and trade policy measures on a country-by-country basis.
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 2014 provides key statistics on “infrastructure services”, i.e. transportation, telecommunications, finance and insurance, for some 150 economies.
The information is derived from multiple sources, such as national accounts, employment statistics, balance of payments statistics, foreign affiliates' trade in services statistics, foreign direct investment statistics and quantitative indicators largely sourced from international/regional organizations and specialized bodies. The profiles reflect data as contained in the WTO's Integrated Trade Intelligence Portal (I-TIP) services database as of July 2014.
All three profiles — World Tariff Profiles, Trade Profiles and Services Profiles — are now available in the WTO Statistics Database in Excel and HTML formats, and the PDF versions are available in English on the WTO web site. The French and Spanish versions will be available shortly. The printed versions will be available in November. World Tariff Profiles is also available on request as an application for mobile devices.
All four publications can be ordered from the WTO Online Bookshop.
The WTO Statistics web page also contains updates of the International Trade and Market Access data online application, the Statistics Database, the Tariff Analysis Online and Tariff Downloads applications, new versions of World and Regional Export Profiles (a PDF snapshot of 2013 merchandise exports globally and by region) and World Commodity Profiles (a PDF snapshot of 2013 merchandise exports and imports for total merchandise trade, agriculture, fuels and mining and manufactured products), and World maps, which allow for comparison between countries or customs territories on selected economic indicators.