International trade and balance of payments statistics

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  • Inclusive Globalisation, does firm size matter?

    Statistical Insights: A new report by the OECD, Nordic Countries in Global Value Chains, developed in collaboration with national statistical offices in the Nordic countries, shows that SMEs play an important role in GVCs as suppliers of larger exporting enterprises.

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  • New OECD database on International Transport and Insurance Costs

    Statistical Insights: Although the costs associated with the international transport and insurance of merchandise trade (also referred to as CIF-FOB margins) are an important determinant of the volume and geography of international trade, remarkably little (official) data exist.

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  • Who’s Who in International Trade

    Statistical Insights: A Spotlight on OECD Trade by Enterprise Characteristics data. The OECD Trade by Enterprise Characteristics (TEC) data provide information, giving important insights on the role of firms in Global Value Chains.

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Statistical Insights: New OECD-WTO data provides coherent and comprehensive view of Global Trade in Services 


15/03/2018 - Although services account for a growing share of international trade, in-depth (policy) analyses of global trade in services are often hampered by incomplete and asymmetric bilateral statistics. For example, at the global level, 95% of bilateral services flows (and 25% of the value) in the 11 main service categories in the Extended Balance of Payments Services (EBOPS) 2002 classification were missing in 2012. 

To mitigate these problems, the OECD and WTO, in collaboration with national statistical offices and central banks, have built a coherent and comprehensive global dataset of bilateral trade in services flows: the OECD‑WTO Balanced Trade in Services (BaTIS) database. 


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