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INTERNATIONAL TRADE

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French Equivalent: Commerce international

Definition:
The two main data items used in the concept of international trade are imports and exports.

Imports of goods measures the value of goods that enter the domestic territory of a country irrespective of their final destination.

Exports of goods similarly measures the value of goods which leave the domestic territory of a country, irrespective of whether they have been processed in the domestic territory or not.

Imports (and exports) of services reflect the value of services provided to residents of other countries (or received by residents of the domestic territory).

Source Publication:
Measuring the ICT Sector: Information Society, OECD, 2000, Data Item Definitions, Data Sources and Methodologies, page 151.

Cross References:
Exports of goods and services – UN
Imports of goods and services – UN

Statistical Theme: International trade statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, October 31, 2007