International Foreign Trade Data and Reference Guides

Online Resources

United Nations Statistics Division (
The United Nations offers unrestricted access to a number of statistical databases through this site.
The UN Statistics Division offers free guest access to Commodity Trade Statistics Database (COMTRADE) ( (up to 50,000 records / query).
Trade Policy Review Series ( (World Trade Organization.)
These reports examine trade policies and practices of Member nations and describe trade policymaking institutions and the macroeconomic situation. Also available in paper copy in the Shields Library.
Trade Statistics ( (World Trade Organization.)
International Trade Statistics report is published annually. It provides an overview of both short and long term developments in world trade in the two principal sectors, merchandise and commercial services.
OECD iLibrary ( [Restricted] VPN (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)
Includes data on foreign trade, export market growth and export performance, and international competitiveness; international trade by commodity, 1961-present, and monthly trade data for OECD member countries. (UCD students, faculty, and staff only)
FAOSTAT ( (Food and Agriculture Organization)
Includes data on agriculture and food trade, trade indices, exports of cereals by source and destination, and forestry trade flow. (Bulk data download for UCD students, faculty, and staff only)
Eurostat (
The Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) is the statistical arm of the European Commission, producing data for the European Union and promoting harmonisation of statistical methods across the member states. Eurostat trade data are now available free of charge.
IMF Statistical Databases ( [Restricted] VPN
The Direction of Trade Statistics data are available through the IMF Statistical Databases.

Printed Sources

International Trade Statistics Yearbook (United Nations)
Provides basic information for individual countries external trade performances, the importance of trading partners, and the significance of individual commodities imported and exported.
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