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EXPORTS OF GOODS AND SERVICES – UN

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Definition:
Exports of goods and services – merchandise trade comprise goods leaving the statistical territory of a country.

In the general trade system, the definition of the statistical territory of a country coincides with its economic territory.

In the special trade system, the definition of the statistical territory comprises only a particular part of the economic territory, mainly that part which coincides with the free circulation area for goods. The free circulation area is a part of the economic territory of a country within which goods may be disposed of without Customs restrictions.

Context:
To promote the comparability of international merchandise trade statistics and taking into account the commercial and data reporting practices of the majority of countries, it is recommended that the statistical value of exported goods be an FOB-type value.

Source Publication:
International Merchandise Trade Statistics – Concepts and Definitions, United Nations, 1998, Series F, No. 52, Rev. 2, para. 111- 130.

Cross References:
Exports of goods and services – SNA
Fob price
Imports of goods and services – UN

Version Indicator: UN

Statistical Theme: International trade statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, October 31, 2007