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WTO Releases 2011 Trade, Tariff Data

WTO Releases 2011 Trade, Tariff Data

Data shows noteworthy trends, links to tables and charts with detailed information

The WTO this week released its annual package of trade and tariff data, providing detailed statistics on import/export trade flows and tariff rates in 2011. This package includes the 2012 editions of its annual publications – International Trade Statistics, Trade Profiles and World Tariff Profiles – plus an update of the WTO Statistics Database and other data sources.

All the trade and tariff data can be downloaded from the WTO statistics page. Data can be selected three ways: by trade category, tariffs or information source.

Data shows noteworthy trends, links to tables and charts with detailed information

The statistics reveal that world merchandise exports increased 5% in volume 2011. The U.S. remains the world's biggest trader in terms of value, with imports and exports totaling more than $3 billion in 2011. China and Germany rank second and third respectively. Exports of commercial services grew by 11% in value. The U.S. is the world's largest trader, with $976 billion in services traded in 2011.

International Trade Statistics 2012 provides an overview of world trade up to the end of 2011, covering merchandise trade by product and services trade by category. Through charts and maps, the publication illustrates noteworthy trends in global trade with links to numerous tables containing more detailed data. A methodological chapter explains how the data is compiled while an appendix illustrates historical trends.

The publication serves as an invaluable reference tool for researchers, policy makers and anyone interested in international trade. PDF versions of the entire report in English, French and Spanish are now available on the website.

World Tariff Profiles – a joint publication of the WTO, the International Trade Centre and the UN Conference on Trade and Development – provides comprehensive tariff information on all WTO members and a number of other countries where data is available.

The publication summarizes the market access that each country offers to imports as well as the market access conditions faced by its products in its major export markets. The profiles show both the maximum tariff rates that are legally "bound" in the WTO and the rates that countries actually apply.

The World Tariff Profiles 2012 includes new technical annex tables on the implementation of WTO members' scheduled commitments under the Agreement on Agriculture, based on notifications supplied. The tables cover domestic support, tariff quotas, recourse to Article 5 of the AoA (special agricultural safeguard) and export subsidies.

Trade Profiles 2012 provides the latest information on trade flows and the trade policy measures of WTO members, observers and other selected economies. With information for each of these provided in a standardized format, the publication is a quick reference tool for anyone looking for essential trade statistics.

The data provided include basic economic indicators (such as gross domestic product or GDP), trade policy indicators (such as tariffs, import duties, the number of disputes, notifications outstanding and contingency measures in force), merchandise trade flows (broken down by broad product categories and major origins and destinations), services trade flows (with a breakdown by major components) and industrial property indicators. With one page devoted to each economy, Trade Profiles offers a concise overview of global trade. PDF versions of the publication in English, French and Spanish can be downloaded from the WTO web site.

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