THE COMMON DATA SET
The CDS is a joint effort by
WTO to reconcile their time series on merchandise trade statistics,
standards as a benchmark.
Each agency is in charge of supplying figures for a predefined set of
reporting economies (see
Data Providing Agencies and Sources). Reconciliations, co-ordinated by WTO, consist of
scrutinising significant differences between the agencies' data to determine
the best value. In many instances, this results in finding an agreement on
substitution values and estimates.
Thus, the CDS database gives access to statistics and documentation of both
officially reported and reconciled series. It covers annual total
merchandise export and import values of over 200 economies for the period
1995 to 2011.
CDS DATABASE (last update:
Data Provider Access