Data, Statistics and Trends in International Trade

We collect, manage and disseminate data, statistics and trends in international trade and trade policy, including customs tariffs, tariff preferences, trade agreements, non-tariff measures and trade defense measures, and trade flows.


Database and Analytical Tools

UNCTAD maintains, improves and makes available the following web-based databases and tools for trade policy analysis.

Data, Statistics and Trends in International Trade

Key Statistics and Trends: International Trade

This yearly publication informs on recent trends in international trade and provides illustrative statistics on international trade and their evolutions in the medium term.

The series covers various aspects of international trade including trade in goods and services; south-south trade; intra and inter regional trade; trade in primary, intermediates and final products; and trade at the sectoral level.

It also provides country specific indicators on export performance such as export diversification, commodity dependence, export propensity, export competitiveness and export sophistication.



Key Statistics and Trends: Trade Policy

This yearly publication informs on the use and effects of a wide range of trade policies influencing international trade.

The series informs on recent trends in trade policy by providing up-to-date statistics on the use of various instruments of trade policy and how their use evolved in the medium term.

It covers various policy factors affecting international trade including tariffs, preferential margins, non-tariff measures, trade defence measures, regional trade agreements and exchange rates. Statistics are reported by country, geographic region and by broad economic sector.



Trade-related Indices

UNCTAD develops trade-related indices in support of trade analysis.


Texts of Trade Agreements (ToTA)

In collaboration with researchers from The Graduate Institute, University of Ottawa and European University at St. Petersburg, UNCTAD has prepared a repository of trade agreement texts in HTML format.

The project makes a machine-readable and annotated full text corpus of preferential trade agreements publicly available to scholars and policy-makers and uses state-of-the-art text-as-data techniques to analyze it.


Quick link: The Texts of Trade Agreements (ToTA) project

Download: Text-as-data analysis of preferential trade agreements: Mapping the Preferential Trade Agreements landscape