Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: CB-506-004-1-1-International-UN-1962

Subject Area: Economic Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: United Nations Comtrade database.  [machine-readable data file] / United Nations  [principal investigator(s)] / New York, NY: United Nations  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: UNComtrade

Date Accessioned: 11/4/2005

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: UW-Madison has a campus-wide subscription to this resource. Access the UN Comtrade site via the library proxy server. (Note: the subscription was cancelled in July 2008, but re-instated in July 2010). This subscription is to a free version of Comtrade and it has a download limit of 50,000 records per query. Undata has Comtrade data. Commodities are classified in HS 1992 6-digit level.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison

Documentation: Online documents on the website. See this glossary for term definition in Comtrade.

Abstract: Every year approximately 170 countries or areas report their merchandise trade statistics to the United Nations. The market share of these reporting countries together covers more than 90% and maybe even as much as 95% of world trade. Each of these countries report the trade by commodity and trading partner. Availability of data depends on in what classification and when Comtrade data are reported by countries. Five key variables in this database are Reporter, Commodity, Partner, Year and Trade Flow. Trade Flow means import, exports or re-exports. Comtrade has all reported data in their original classification and converted data (from original one) to all possible UN classifications: Broad Economic Categories (BEC), the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC) and the Harmonized System (HS). Here is the UN Comtrade site via the UW-Madison library proxy server.

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