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UN Comtrade


 
 
The United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade) was established in the early 1960s. For almost fifty years, it has provided a wealth of trade information to policy makers, the business community, research institutions and the general public. It stores standardised official annual trade statistics reported by countries and reflects international merchandise flows detailed by commodity and partner country with coverage reaching up to 99 percent of world merchandise trade.

UN Comtrade gives you instant access to more than 1.75 billion records on merchandise trade from over 200 reporting countries or areas covering 48 years of data and more than 6000 different products. With UN Comtrade you spend your time researching instead of searching.
 
Free basic data access to UN Comtrade (see full announcement)
  • For technical reasons, the current download limit is set to 50,000 records per query. There is no limit on the number of queries. As computing capacity is expanded, the limitation will be relaxed further.
  • The 50,000 records per query limitation is waived for the following users: institutional users (Academic institutions, government, inter-government agencies, NGOs) from countries listed in our geographic discount policy, data providers, permanent missions to the United Nations and members of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA). For these cases, registration is required and you can submit the request in writing to comtrade@un.org or fax us at 1-917-367-5106.
 
UN Comtrade Key Features
  • Comtrade Explorer Enter country name, commodity or year and this data mining tool will give an instant overview of data you are looking for. Thereafter, you can dig for more refined data.
  • UN Comtrade Knowledge BaseThis is a repository of background information on UN Comtrade. It explains the functionalities, the concepts behind the data, why imports and exports differ and the answers to some frequently asked questions.
  • Community Forum Users have instant online support via the UN Comtrade Knowledge Base. In addition, there is peer-to-peer support via the UN Comtrade Community Forum, where you can post questions or share your own experience.
  • Support If you are still left with questions, there is single point of contact, namely comtrade@un.org
 
Premium access to UN Comtrade
There are occasions when a user may require premium service to obtain trade data. These could include bulk download of millions of records or special professional assistance. In this regard, a fee will be charged to cover the costs of providing such services.
 
Option* User Access Records Limit Limit per query Annual Fee
My Comtrade Single User
unlimited
50,000
US $121.30
Premium Individual License Single User
unlimited
20,000,000
US $909.75
Premium Site License Multiple Users
unlimited
No limit**
US $6,065.00
 
*All premium access options have a time frame of one year counting from the day of activation.
**When data are streamed via web services.

A discount of 25% will apply to not-for-profit organizations such as academic institutions, governmental and inter-governmental organizations, NGOs and individuals. Users from a country listed in our geographic discount policy are entitled to additional 50% discount. Users should email their requests to subscriptions@un.org or fax it to: 1-212-963-3489.
 
  • Premium Individual License allows use of the UN Comtrade personalization features available under My Comtrade*** including a feature to perform a bulk download of millions of records.
  • Premium Site License is IP controlled. On the basis of the IP addresses of the institution, the users have automatic access to UN Comtrade.
  • UN Comtrade Web Services is only offered as part of the Premium Site License and enables users to automatically extract and download data and metadata through their own applications or through ComtradeTools which is a small program available for free download (Beta version). Web Services uses a straightforward REST architecture and can be easily integrated to any application. Web Services eliminates the need to download data manually via the traditional web user interface. Click here for further information.
  • Trial Premium Site License is offered to institutions. Please submit your request by e-mail to comtrade@un.org to receive premium access for one month.
 
***My Comtrade is a personalization feature that allows users to do the following: save and manage frequently used queries, set automatic alert of newly updated data, customize file download layout, create customized groups of countries or commodities, and submit query through batch system.

The foregoing guidelines are effective as of 1 July 2010.
 
How to Order
To order, please contact us at subscriptions@un.org indicating the subscription type from the options offered (My Comtrade, Premium Individual License, Premium Site License). Upon receipt of your request, we will contact you to arrange your preferred method of payment and set up access either by Internet Protocol (IP) authentication or User Name and Password.
 
Transition of eligible existing subscriptions towards free access
  • Existing Site License subscribers which are institutional users (academic institutions, governmental and inter-governmental agencies, NGOs) from a country listed in our geographic discount policy can request a refund for the remaining subscription time if more than 25 percent (3 months) of the subscription time are remaining and proof of residence can be established. To obtain a refund, subscribers must send a request to subscriptions@un.org or fax it to 1-212-963-3489 before 31 December 2010.
 
Access to World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) WITS is a simple to use yet powerful software which gives access to trade and tariff related statistical information; includes some simulation and analysis tools. Trade flows and tariff data can be extracted to be used in self-contained analysis and simulation tools or to be further computed outside WITS in spreadsheet or statistical software. In addition to Comtrade, WITS allows access to the following major trade flow & tariff databases: UNCTAD TRAINS and the WTO IDB and CTS.

Link to the Data Series of UNECLAC This application uses data of the UN Comtrade Database and shows it in graphs designed by UNECLAC (United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean)
 
Free access to BACI database (for Premium Individual License and Site License) BACI database is an international trade database from CEPII covering more than 200 countries and 5,000 products, between 1994 and 2007. Original procedures have been developed to reconcile data reported by almost 150 countries to the United Nations Statistics Division, which disseminate them via UN COMTRADE. When both exporting and importing countries do report, we have two different figures for the same flow, which is useful to reconcile in a single figure. Firstly, as import values are reported CIF (cost, insurance and freight) and the exports are reported FOB (free on board), CIF costs have to be estimated and removed from imports values to compute FOB import values. The second step is an evaluation of the reliability of country reporting, based on the reporting distances among partners. These reporting qualities are used as weights in the reconciliation of each bilateral trade flow twice reported. Taking advantage of this double information on each flow, we end up with a large coverage of countries not reporting at a given level of the product classification.
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