A Guide to Direction of Trade Statistics

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International Monetary Fund, Mar 15, 1993 - Business & Economics - 33 pages
This handbook issued by the IMF is primarily intended for users of the IMF's direction of trade database. The guide describes the collection, compilation, and dessemination of statistics on exports and imports by partner country. National compilers of statistics on trade by country may also derive some benefit from the Guide.

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1 Introduction
11 Purpose
12 Background
13 Uses of the Data
14 Current Methodology and Practice
2 Data Collection
21 Basic Data
41 DOTS Quarterly Issues
42 DOTS Yearbook
43 Tape Subscription and CDROM
5 Fund Internal Access to the Data Base for Direction of Trade Statistics
51 Structure Of The Time Series Key
52 Retrieving the Data from EIS Terminals
53 Downloading Dots Data to Aremos And Lotus on Microcomputers

22 Procedures for Data Collection
23 Format of Reported Data
3 Data Base Processing
31 Reformatting of Reported Data
32 Estimation
33 Compilation of Aggregates for DOTS World and Area Tables
4 Data Dissemination in DOTS Magnetic Computer Tapes and CDROM
Country and Area Codes
Breaksigns Used in the DTTS Master File for Direction of Trade Statistics
The Compilation of Estimates for DOTS
1 Overview
2 Estimation functions
3 Consolidation
Procedure for Printing Partner Country Data

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