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French Equivalent: Services - MBP

Services is the second major category of the current account. Services covers traditional items, such as travel and transportation and items, such as communications, financial and computer services, royalties and license fees, and many types of other business services, that are becoming increasingly important in international transactions.

Both the production of, and international trade in, services differ from production and trade related to goods. International trade in goods is conducted separately from production. For example goods may be produced in one economy and subsequently delivered to residents, who may or may not be known when production occurs, of another economy. In contrast the production of a service is linked to an arrangement made, between a particular producer in one economy and a particular consumer or group of consumers in another, prior to the time this production occurs. Thus, international trade in services is closely linked with international production of services, as the production element, and vice versa.

Source Publication:
BPM para. 185.

Cross References:
Services – ISIC Rev. 2
Services – ISIC Rev. 3
Services – NACE
Services – SNA


Statistical Theme: Classifications

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Sunday, March 17, 2002