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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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IMF Direction of Trade Statistics, 1980-2019

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Bibliographic citation:
International Monetary Fund: Direction of Trade Statistics. UK Data Service. https://doi.org/10.5257/imf/dots/2019-04

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Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly

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30th April 2019

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Monthly

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Monthly, quarterly and annual

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Monthly and quarterly data are available starting 1960. Annual data are available starting 1948.

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Millions of US Dollars unless otherwise stated

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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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Get in touchhttp://ukdataservice.ac.uk/help/get-in-touch.aspxName of collection/source

IMF Direction of Trade Statistics, 1980-2019

Direct source

Bibliographic citation:
International Monetary Fund: Direction of Trade Statistics. UK Data Service. https://doi.org/10.5257/imf/dots/2019-04

Source Periodicity

Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly

Unit of measure used

Millions of US Dollars unless otherwise stated

Periodicity

Monthly, quarterly and annual

Reference period

Monthly and quarterly data are available starting 1960. Annual data are available starting 1948.

Date last updated

30th April 2019

Link to Release calendar

Monthly

Other data characteristics

Guides to using UKDS.Stathttp://stats.ukdataservice.ac.uk/guides/Geographic coverage

DOTS covers all IMF member states, some non-member countries, the world, and major areas.

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

IMF Data Knowledge basehttp://datahelp.imf.org/Recommended uses and limitations

UK Data Service Guide to IMF Direction of Trade Statisticshttp://ukdataservice.ac.uk/use-data/guides/dataset/dots.aspxQuality comments

IMF Working Paper 1816: New Estimates for DOTS (New Methodology)/metadata/IMF/DOTS/IMF_Working_Paper_1816_–_New_Estimates_for_Direction_of_Trade_Statistics_(new-methodology).pdfOther comments

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IMF’s Special Terms and Conditions Pertaining to the Use of Datahttp://www.imf.org/external/terms.htmDirection of Trade Statistics (DOTS), Quarterly/metadata/IMF/DOTS/Direction_of_Trade_Statistics_(DOTS),_Quarterly.pdfDirection of Trade Statistics (DOTS), Yearbook/metadata/IMF/DOTS/Direction-of_Trade_Statistics_(DOTS),_Yearbook.pdf