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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS) database presents the value of merchandise exports and imports disaggregated according to a country's primary trading partners. Area and world aggregates are included in the display of trade flows between major areas of the world. Reported data is supplemented by estimates whenever such data is not available or current. Imports are reported on a cost, insurance and freight (CIF) basis and exports are reported on a free on board (FOB) basis, with the exception of a few countries for which imports are also available FOB. Time-series data includes estimates derived from reports of partner countries for non-reporting and slow-reporting countries.

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Bibliographic citation:
International Monetary Fund: Direction of Trade Statistics (January 2021 Edition). UK Data Service. https://doi.org/10.5257/imf/dots/2021-01

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Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly

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3 February 2021

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Monthly

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Annual: 1948 to 2020
Quarterly: Q1 1960 to Q4 2020
Monthly: Jan 1960 to Oct 2020

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Direction of Trade StatisticsAbstract

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS) database presents the value of merchandise exports and imports disaggregated according to a country's primary trading partners. Area and world aggregates are included in the display of trade flows between major areas of the world. Reported data is supplemented by estimates whenever such data is not available or current. Imports are reported on a cost, insurance and freight (CIF) basis and exports are reported on a free on board (FOB) basis, with the exception of a few countries for which imports are also available FOB. Time-series data includes estimates derived from reports of partner countries for non-reporting and slow-reporting countries.

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Bibliographic citation:
International Monetary Fund: Direction of Trade Statistics (January 2021 Edition). UK Data Service. https://doi.org/10.5257/imf/dots/2021-01

Source Periodicity

Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly

Source metadata

Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS), Quarterly (PDF)/metadata/IMF/DOTS/Direction_of_Trade_Statistics_(DOTS),_Quarterly.pdfDirection of Trade Statistics (DOTS), Yearbook (PDF)/metadata/IMF/DOTS/Direction_of_Trade_Statistics_(DOTS),_Yearbook.pdfIMF Working Paper 1816: New Estimates for DOTS (New Methodology) (PDF)/metadata/IMF/DOTS/IMF_Working_Paper_1816_–_New_Estimates_for_Direction_of_Trade_Statistics_(new_methodology).pdfReference period

Annual: 1948 to 2020
Quarterly: Q1 1960 to Q4 2020
Monthly: Jan 1960 to Oct 2020

Date last updated

3 February 2021

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Monthly

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DOTS Country Notes (PDF)/metadata/IMF/DOTS/DOTS_Country_Notes.pdfDOTS Country and Area Codes (PDF)/metadata/IMF/DOTS/DOTS_Country_and_Area_Codes.pdfClassification(s) used

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