STATISTICS

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 in cooperation with ITC and UNSD, 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 and UNCTAD. As well as country data, several regional and economic groupings are available. The data are updated yearly in early July.

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

The complete annual 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 25th of each month.  

Experimental data on trade in services

WTO-OECD Balanced Trade in Services Datasets (BaTiS)

One dataset covers over 200 reporters and partners from 2005 to 2019 for 12 Extended Balance of Payments Services (EBOPS) 2010 categories in addition to total services, based on the sixth edition of the IMF Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6).

The other 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, based on the fifth edition of the IMF Balance of Payments Manual (BPM5).

Developed in cooperation with OECD, the datasets are 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 (TISMOS)

TISMOS, or Trade in Services data by Mode of Supply, is an experimental dataset produced by the WTO and funded by the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission.

The objective of TISMOS is to provide an overall picture of international trade in services by the four modes of supply as defined in the GATS.

Digital trade

In 2017, the Inter-Agency Task Force on International Trade Statistics created an Expert Group, drawn from international organizations, national statistics agencies and central banks, to develop a Handbook on Measuring Digital Trade. The first version is available here.

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