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Published Date:
March 1993
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    A GUIDE TO DIRECTION OF TRADE STATISTICS

    Prepared by the Real Sector Division, IMF Statistics Department John B. McLenaghan, Director, Statistics Department Chandrakant A. Patel, Assistant Director in charge of the Real Sector Division

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    Copyright © 1993, International Monetary Fund

    Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS): Quarterly issues of DOTS provide, for about 135 countries, tables with current data (or estimates) on the value of imports from and exports to their most important trading partners. In addition, similar summary tables for the world, industrial countries, and developing countries are included. The yearbook provides, for the most recent seven years, detailed trade data by country for approximately 160 countries, the world, and major areas.

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    ISSN 0252-306X

    ISBN 9781451948431

    Preface

    The Guide to Direction of Trade Statistics (the Guide) deals with the compilation and presentation of export and import data by partner country as published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF or the Fund) in Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS). The Guide is primarily intended for users of the Fund’s direction of trade statistics data base. National compilers of statistics on trade by country may also derive some benefit from the Guide.

    In 1987, a draft of the Guide, in English, was circulated to correspondents in member countries who provide information for International Financial Statistics (IFS) and DOTS to the Fund’s Statistics Department. Since then, the data base for direction of trade statistics (the data base) has been converted to an upgraded data management system with new features and capabilities. In addition, direction of trade statistics publications have been modified in periodicity and expanded in coverage. The 1993 revision of the Guide encompasses these new developments.

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