International Trade Statistics 2009 includes the details of merchandise trade by product and trade in commercial services by category. Each chapter is introduced by a highlights section that identifies the most salient trends in the data, including the first quarter of 2009, and illustrates them with numerous charts and maps. There is also a methodological chapter (Chapter IV Metadata) that explains essential concepts and definitions used in compiling the statistics, and an appendix with detailed data on trade by region up to 2008.

All data used in the publication, as well as additional charts not included in the book, can be downloaded from the WTO web site at stat.wto.org. With these additions, International Trade Statistics 2009 serves as an invaluable reference for researchers, policy makers and anyone interested in international trade.

This publication and its data is available free on the WTO web site in the following forms:

Printed versions of this publication will be available in English, French and Spanish and can be ordered from the online bookshop. Pdf versions of the entire report will also be posted on the WTO web site.

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Metadata: explanatory notes and other technical details for statistical tables (literally, a set of data that describes and gives information about other data).

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