Trade in Services (Quarterly Bulletin)

The Trade-in-Services Quarterly Bulletin monitors the recent short-term growth in global trade in services, highlighting the main regional trends, as well as the developments with the world’s top traders.

The underlying country-level statistics, covering some 150 economies, are downloadable on UNCTADstat. The data are available for total services and four main sub-categories: goods-related services, transport, travel and other services. Commercial services are included as a memo item. With its estimates of the latest global and regional trade tendencies, this data set represents a unique most up-to-date collection of short-term statistics on the international flows of services. It is prepared jointly by UNCTAD, WTO and ITC.

Trade in Services Quarterly Bulletin 

The services statistics follow the IMF Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual, Sixth Edition (BPM6) classification. Their definition reads as follows: "Services are the result of a production activity that changes the conditions of the consuming units or facilitates the exchange of products or financial assets. Services are not generally separate items over which ownership rights can be established and cannot generally be separated from their production."

The BPM6 services include 12 main sub-categories: manufacturing services; maintenance and repair; transport; travel; construction; insurance and pension services; financial services; intellectual property charges; telecommunications, computer and information; other business services; personal, cultural and recreational services; and government goods and services n.i.e. For more information on the statistics on international trade in services, see the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS, 2010).

 

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