International trade in goods - Overview

Introduction

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What is measured?

International trade in goods statistics (ITGS) published by Eurostat measure the value and quantity of goods traded between the EU Member States (intra-EU trade) and goods traded by the EU Member States with non-EU countries (extra-EU trade). ‘Goods’ means all movable property including electricity. ‘European’ means that the statistics are compiled on the basis of the concepts and definitions set out in EU legislation. European ITGS are the official harmonised source of information about exports, imports and the trade balances of the EU, its Member States and the euro area.

What kind of data can I find here?

International trade in goods statistics are published through different datasets. The frequency at which the data are compiled (data periodicity) and the product nomenclature differ depending on the dataset, but the following statistical fields are always available:

  • reporting country: country or geo-economic area (EU or euro area);
  • partner country: EU Member State, non-EU country or geo-economic area;
  • reference period: month or year;
  • trade flows: import and export;
  • product according to the relevant classification.

For more information, please see the page 'Information on data' in this section.

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Highlights

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Who are your country’s top partners?

Play with our data visualisation to discover the top 5 trading partners of your country for exports and imports of goods.

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Get a statistical picture

This online publication provides recent statistics on international trade in goods, such as on the EU's main trading partners and products, specific characteristics of trade and background information.

User guide

Lost in trade in goods statistics?

Go through our user guide which explains how the statistics are collected, compiled, processed and published.

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What's new?

Stay up-to-date and follow our news published on different trade in goods statistics, illustrated by short infographics.

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