International trade and balance of payments statistics

5th International Trade Statistics Expert Meeting - Paris, 26-28 April 2004


General informations:
List of participants  (updated on 12/05/04)

Including Joint Session with the OECD-Eurostat Experts in Trade-in-Services Statistics

OECD Headquarters, Château de la Muette, Paris - 26th April - 28th April (morning) 2004
Beginning at 10 a.m. on the first day

Draft Agenda

Monday,  26 April

1.  Welcome and adoption of the agenda 

2. Report of the 4th ITS meeting 7-9 April 2003

3.  Recent developments at  OECD

a)  Integrating HS 2002 into ITS   STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)9   OECD PowerPoint
b ) Status of the ITS database  Room document 13   OECD PowerPoint
c)  Towards more timely and high quality data  Room document 14   OECD PowerPoint
d) General developments and initiatives at OECD regarding statistical information systems - OECD OECD PowerPoint

4.  Recent developments in OECD Member Countries
Delegates will be invited (tour de table) to report on significant developments in their country regarding trade statistics

5. Inter - Agency Co-operation and coordination

a) Report on the 35th UN Statistical Commission  STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)5
b)Oral report by WTO on the Inter Agency Task Force meeting in Addis Ababa , 23-25 March 2004
c)  Towards one consistent world trade database : OECD and UNSD data sharing : progress reports:  STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)3   OECD PowerPoint
- Joint letter to OECD countries
- Data issues and adjustment, processing routines
- IT issues

d)  The Common Data Set Project - WTO update STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)7

Tuesday 27 april - 9.30 am

6.   Classification issues affecting trade statistics

a) Harmonized System HS 2002 implementation and simplification - WCO WCO PowerPoint
b) Revision of activity and product classifications -  implications for trade - OECD, UNSD  STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)6   OECD PowerPoint

7. Methodological research and development

a) Interaction/reconciliation  issues  with BoP  STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)11
b) Linkages of Structural Business Statistics and Trade Statistics  -  country experiences and  recent developments STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)10
c) Measuring export undercoverage and misallocation (Canada) - Canada PowerPoint
d) VAT missing trader intra-community Fraud:  the effect on Trade statistics STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)2  ONS PowerPoint

8.  Dissemination of trade data

a)  OECDs Quarterly Trade Press Release :
      -  Results from and OECD inquiry to Member Countries
      -  Towards a monthly Press Release?
      - Should BoP - based trade in goods and services summaries be included?  Room document 12   OECD PowerPoint

b) Pro's and cons of various media for disseminating trade data (Internet, CD-ROM, etc.)

Delegates are invited (tour de table) to express their views and experiences

9. Future ITS Programme of Work and Conclusions
Other business and date of next meeting

Tuesday,  27 April afternoon
Joint session with the OECD-Eurostat Experts in Trade-in-Services Statistics

10. Common session regarding measuring merchandise trade and trade  in services
Welcome and opening by the Chief Statistician of  OECD and Director of the Statistics Directorate

11. Globalisation, production an trade indicators

           a)  OECD :
   Presentations by:
   - OECD Statistics Directorate (STD)  OECD PowerPoint
   - OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (DSTI)  STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)4
   - OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF) DAFFE/IME/STAT(2004)1/REV1

b) Other national and international bodies
    - ICE Italy  ITALY PowerPoint
    - CBS Netherlands STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)12     - WTO Indicators STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)8   CBS PowerPoint


12. Annotated Outline of  Revised Balance of Payments Manual: Aspects related to trade in goods and services - Overview of issues, process and timetable - presentation by IMF or OECD - IMF annotated outline of revised BPM  STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)1
Room document 1 - this document is only available on the web site"

Revision of the balance of payments - Manual, fith edition (IMF) "this document is only available on the web site"

Wednesday,  28 April  OECD-Eurostat Experts in Trade-in-Services Statistics - continued (10 a.m.)

13.  Discussion and presentations of issues related to both trade in goods and trade in services

i. Question of  breakdown of goods and services account
ii. Proposals on breakdown of  merchandise trade in BOP
iii. Treatment of re-exports
iv. Particular issues related to goods
v. Treatment of merchanting services (presentation by Bank of Japan) STD/NAES/TASS/ITS(2004)13   JAPAN PowerPoint
vi. Goods for processing
vii. Repairs on goods
viii. Trade in goods and services between related parties
ix. Software -  OECD presentation of  trade in software data  OECD PowerPoint