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WTO issues annual flagship statistical publications

WTO issues annual flagship statistical publications

The World Trade Statistical Review 2017 opens with an overview of world trade developments over the past ten years. This is followed by an analysis of world trade in 2016 and an assessment of the trade outlook for 2017. The publication highlights global trends in both merchandise and services trade, revealing which sectors and economies have achieved the strongest growth and which have been hit the hardest.

The publication also looks into trade in value-added terms and the latest trade policy developments, highlighting recent trends in WTO members’ use of trade-restrictive and trade-facilitating measures. In addition, it provides information on the participation of developing economies in world trade, Aid-for-Trade financial commitments and implementation of the WTO’s landmark Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Trade Profiles provides a series of key indicators on merchandise trade and trade in commercial services for 196 economies, highlighting the major exports and imports for each economy as well as their main trading partners. For each profile, the data is presented in a handy two-page format, providing a concise overview of global trade.
World Tariff Profiles, a joint publication of the WTO, International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), provides comprehensive information on the tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed by over 170 countries and customs territories. Cross-country comparison tables are followed by one-page profiles for each economy with a detailed breakdown of tariffs by product and the tariffs imposed by major trading partners. The special topic in this year’s edition is “export diversification”, which analyses to what extent economies have diversified their exports over time.

The three publications can be downloaded from the WTO website. Printed copies will be available in August. French and Spanish editions will also be available in August.

Additional data is available through the WTO’s statistical webpage, the WTO statistical database and the International Trade and Market Access online data application. A further update of merchandise exports and imports will be available online at the end of September.

The WTO also provides short-term trade data through the WTO statistics webpage. Time series data on merchandise and commercial services trade, on an annual basis, may also be downloaded by clicking here.

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