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IMF Direction of Trade Statistics, 1980-2017

Title details

SN: 4745
Title: IMF Direction of Trade Statistics, 1980-2017
Alternative title: IMF DOTS
Persistent identifier: 10.5257/imf/dots/2013-03
Depositor: International Monetary Fund
Principal investigator(s): International Monetary Fund

Subject Categories

Economic conditions and indicators - Economics
Trade, industry and markets - Industry and management

Abstract

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS) database contains data on the value of merchandise exports and imports between each country and all its trading partners. Total bilateral and multilateral exports and imports are aggregated at national or regional group level. For each reporting country or group, all the trading partners are listed. The corresponding monetary values of total imports and total exports are then provided as time series for each country/trading partner pair. All exports are valued free on board (f.o.b.). Imports are usually reported cost including insurance and freight (c.i.f.), although a small number of countries report imports f.o.b.

Along with data from reporting countries, estimates are provided by partner countries for non-reporting countries or for those that are slow to report.

The period for which data are available varies from country to country, but most countries data extend from the 1980s to the present. The Direction of Trade pre-1980 data is found in the DOTS Historical database which runs from 1948 to 1980.

There can be inconsistencies between exports to a partner and the partner's recorded imports from a particular country, i.e. the exports from Country A to B do not always equal the imports of Country B from A. This is due to the different ways countries report their trade, i.e. differences in classification concepts and detail, time of recording, valuation, and coverage, as well as processing errors.

This database was first provided by UK Data Service in December 2003. The UK Data Service web site includes further information on its IMF Direction of Trade Statistics holdings, including a dataset user guide and details of latest database updates.

Citation: The bibliographic citation for the database is: International Monetary Fund ({YYYY}): Direction of Trade Statistics ({date/edition of dataset}). Uk Data Service. DOI: {edition specific doi - e.g. http://dx.doi.org/10.5257/imf/dots/2016-07}.



Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: The period for which data are available varies from country to country, but most countries' data extend from the 1980s to the present. The Direction of Trade pre-1980 data is found in the DOTS Historical database which runs from 1948 to 1980.
Country: Multi-nation
Spatial units: Countries
Observation units: Administrative units (geographical/political)
Kind of data: Numeric data
Aggregate (macro) level
Universe: Cross-national; National
In the IMF DOTS database the term 'country' not only refers to a territorial entity that is a state as understood by international law and practice - but also covers some non-sovereign territorial entities such as the European Union or Africa. The IMF DOTS 220 countries are: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Germany, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Gaza Strip, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea Republic of, Korea People's Democratic Republic of, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, People's Democratic Republic of Lao, Latvia, Lebanon, Leeward Islands, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Federated States of, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, USSR, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank, West Timor, Windward Islands, Yemen Arab Republic, Yemen Republic of, Yemen People's Republic, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Time dimensions: Time Series
monthly, quarterly and annual. These data are updated once a month
Sampling procedures: See documentation for details
Method of data collection: There are further details about the document 'A Guide to the Direction of Trade Statistics' in the dataset user guide which describes the collection and compilation of the DOTS database. The guide also discusses the concepts, methodology, coverage and reliability of data.
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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AFGHANISTANALBANIAALGERIA
AMERICAN SAMOAANGOLAANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
ARGENTINAARMENIAARUBA
AUSTRALIAAUSTRIAAZERBAIJAN
BAHAMASBAHRAINBANGLADESH
BARBADOSBELARUSBELGIUM
BELIZEBENINBERMUDA
BHUTANBOLIVIABOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
BOTSWANABRAZILBRUNEI
BULGARIABURKINA FASOBURUNDI
CAMBODIACAMEROONCANADA
CAPE VERDECAYMAN ISLANDSCENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
CHADCHILECHINA
COLOMBIACOMOROSCOSTA RICA
COTE D'IVOIRECROATIACUBA
CYPRUSCZECH REPUBLIC (1993- )CZECHOSLOVAKIA (1918-1992)
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGODENMARKDJIBOUTI
DOMINICADOMINICAN REPUBLICEAST TIMOR
ECONOMIC VALUEECUADOREGYPT
EL SALVADOREQUATORIAL GUINEAERITREA
ESTONIAETHIOPIAEXPORTS AND IMPORTS
FALKLAND ISLANDSFAROE ISLANDSFEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA
FIJIFINLANDFRANCE
FRENCH GUIANAFRENCH POLYNESIAGABON
GAMBIAGAZA STRIPGEORGIA (REPUBLIC)
GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICGERMANYGHANA
GIBRALTARGREECEGREENLAND
GRENADAGUADELOUPEGUAM
GUATEMALAGUINEA-BISSAUGUYANA
HAITIHONDURASHONG KONG
HUNGARYICELANDINDIA
INDONESIAINTERNATIONAL ECONOMICSINTERNATIONAL TRADE
IRANIRAQIRELAND
ISRAELITALYJAMAICA
JAPANJORDANKAZAKHSTAN
KENYAKIRIBATIKOREA (DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES REPUBLIC)
KOREA (REPUBLIC OF)KUWAITKYRGYZSTAN
LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICLATVIALEBANON
LEEWARD ISLANDSLESOTHOLIBERIA
LIBYALITHUANIALUXEMBOURG
MACAOMACEDONIAMADAGASCAR (1977- )
MALAWIMALAYSIA (1963- )MALDIVES
MALIMALTAMARSHALL ISLANDS
MARTINIQUEMAURITANIAMAURITIUS
MEXICOMOLDOVAMONGOLIA
MONTSERRATMOROCCOMOZAMBIQUE
MULTI-NATIONMYANMARNAMIBIA
NAURUNEPALNETHERLANDS ANTILLES
NETHERLANDSNEW CALEDONIANEW ZEALAND
NICARAGUANIGERNIGERIA
NORWAYOMANPAKISTAN
PALAUPANAMAPAPUA NEW GUINEA
PARAGUAYPEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF SOUTH YEMENPERU
PHILIPPINESPOLANDPORTUGAL
QATARREPUBLIC OF THE CONGOREUNION
ROMANIARUSSIARWANDA
SAINT HELENASAINT KITTS AND NEVISSAINT LUCIA
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINESSAINT-PIERRE AND MIQUELONSAMOA (1997- )
SAO TOME AND PRINCIPESAUDI ARABIASENEGAL
SERBIA AND MONTENEGROSEYCHELLESSIERRA LEONE
SINGAPORESLOVAKIA (1993- )SLOVENIA
SOLOMON ISLANDSSOMALIASOUTH AFRICA
SPAINSRI LANKASUDAN
SURINAMESWAZILANDSWEDEN
SWITZERLANDSYRIAN ARAB REPUBLICTAJIKISTAN
TANZANIATHAILANDTOGO
TONGATRINIDAD AND TOBAGOTUNISIA
TURKEYTURKMENISTANTUVALU (1974- )
UGANDAUKRAINEUNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED KINGDOMURUGUAYUSA
USSRUZBEKISTANVANUATU
VENEZUELAVIET NAMWEST BANK
WESTERN SAMOA (1914-1997)WINDWARD ISLANDSYEMEN ARAB REPUBLIC
YEMENYUGOSLAVIA (1929 - 1991)ZAMBIA
ZIMBABWE

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 09 December 2003
Latest edition: 25 July 2017 (98th Edition)
Copyright: Copyright International Monetary Fund
Access conditions: Effective January 1st 2015, the IMF introduced a new policy whereby access to the IMF online statistics databases became free to all users. As a result of this policy the IMF datasets hosted by the UK Data Service are now freely available to all. Please refer to the IMF's Special Terms and Conditions Pertaining to the Use of Data.
Availability: UK Data Service
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