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The general trade system is in use when the statistical territory of a country coincides with its economic territory. Consequently, under the general trade system, imports include all goods entering the economic territory of a compiling country and exports all goods leaving the economic territory of a compiling country.

Source Publication:
International Merchandise Trade Statistics, Concepts and Definitions, United Nations, New York, 1998, Studies in Methods, Series M, No. 52, Rev. 2, page 9, para. 66.

Cross References:
Economic territory (of a country) – SNA/UN
Special trade system – UN
Statistical territory (of a country) – UN

Statistical Theme: International trade statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, November 12, 2001