Statistics on trade in commercial services

This page contains all statistics on trade in services made available by the WTO Secretariat, including trade-policy information, data on trade in services by sector and supplier, and other information related to measuring services trade.

I-TIP Services

I-TIP Services provides information on WTO members' commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), services commitments in regional trade agreements, measures in services applied by WTO members, and statistics on balance of payments, the activity of foreign affiliates (FATS), value added by sector and employment in services as well as indicators on specific service sectors.

This is a joint initiative of the WTO and the World Bank.

Annual trade in services

Data on annual trade in commercial services is available through the WTO Data Portal. Jointly produced with UNCTAD and ITC, it includes exports and imports of commercial services broken down by sector and partner country when available.

The data is sourced from the IMF, Eurostat, OECD and national sources. Where possible, reported data are complemented by estimations produced by the WTO, UNCTAD and ITC. As well as country data, several regional and economic groupings are available. The data are updated yearly in May.

Exports and imports of commercial services are available for about 200 economies covering 35 service sectors; they are updated yearly in May.

The complete WTO-UNCTAD-ITC trade in services dataset — covering exports and imports of total commercial services broken down by sector and partner country when available — may be downloaded in its entirety

Short-term trade in commercial services

Latest trends

Quarterly trade in commercial services

The data includes information on the main service categories for about 150 economies. Jointly produced with UNCTAD and ITC, it is updated every quarter, starting in January of every year. The April release also contains preliminary annual data for the previous year.

Monthly trade in commercial services

Data are made available for about 40 economies around the 15th of each month.  

Experimental data on trade in services

OECD-WTO Balanced Trade in Services Dataset (BaTis)

This dataset covers 191 reporting economies and 193 trading partners from 1995 to 2012 for 11 Extended Balance of Payments Services (EBOPS) 2002 categories in addition to total services.

Developed in cooperation with OECD, the dataset is built using all available official trade in services data as a starting point. This is complemented with a number of estimations and a series of adjustment procedures to make the data consistent.

Trade in Services data by mode of supply

In cooperation with the European Union, the OECD and other international agencies, the WTO is working on building a dataset of international trade in services by GATS mode of supply. A preliminary version of the dataset is expected to be released in the first half of 2018 while the final product should be published by December 2018.

Cross-border e-commerce and digital trade

The aim of the project is to measure cross-border transactions in e-commerce or more broadly in digital trade. It is being led by international organizations such as UNCTAD, UPU, OECD and the WTO for cross-border transactions and by IMF/OECD for national accounting. 

In 2017, the Inter-Agency Task Force on International Trade Statistics (TFITS) was tasked by the G20 to work with national and international statistical authorities as well as the business community to develop reporting systems for digital trade.



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