Manuals and guidelines

Guidance and metadata on international trade in goods statistics are available from the following sources:

This article provides background information on issues relating to international trade in goods, such as intra and extra EU-trade, comparisons with other sources, asymmetries in the data, quality issues and revisions policies.

The purpose of this guide is to explain to a wide range of users how the statistics relating to trade in goods, both between EU Member States and with non-EU countries, are collected, compiled, processed and published at European level. The different issues are tackled in a question and answer format.

This Compilers Guide is meant to serve as a practical reference document for all National Statistical Authorities involved in the compilation of European trade in goods statistics. It is not intended to replace or complement any national instructions regulating the provision of statistical information by the economic operators involved in intra- and extra-EU trade in goods.

The main objective of this Compilers Guide is to provide a comprehensive overview of the compilation of indicators on trade in goods by enterprise characteristics (TEC). It aims to serve as a methodological handbook providing the necessary definitions, instructions and methodological guidance for the regular compilation of TEC statistics.

This document is primarily aimed at the Providers of Statistical Information (PSIs) within the Intrastat system; it informs on how and what to report, in accordance with the respective national requirements. At the same time it may be of interest to anyone who wants to understand how the Intrastat data collection works, both at national level and between the National Statistical Authorities and Eurostat.

The purpose of this publication is to provide the compilers and users of European statistics on international trade in goods with sound information on the nomenclature used to classify the reporting and partner countries. Besides including the latest version of the nomenclature of countries and territories for the external trade statistics of the Union and statistics of trade between Member States — known as the ‘Geonomenclature’ and abbreviated to GEONOM —, it also contains all the supplementary information that is essential to understand the content of this country classification and the evolution of its codes. A further aim of this publication is to document the geographical and economic areas covered by the trade in goods statistics as disseminated by Eurostat.