Trade Data Resources


  • Katherine Barbieri's International Trade Dataset--Professor Katherine Barbieri at the University of South Carolina has compiled a dataset of national and bilateral trade flows covering the years 1870-1992. This dataset (and others) is freely available for download.
  • Center for International Data at UC Davis--This site at UC Davis contains links to sources for product-specific bilateral trade data for many countries and their trading partners from 1962 to 2000. Data for trade and tariff data for the United States are also available from this site - choose "U.S. Import and Export Data" or "U.S. Tariff Data" from the "Quick Links" menu.
  • Kristian Gleditsch's "Expanded Trade and GDP Data"--This data collection from Professor Kristian Gleditsch at the University of Essex includes both bilateral trade data for the period 1948-2000 and GDP/capita data for 1950-2000.
  • Paul Hensel's links to International Trade Databases--Paul Hensel's site has a number of useful links on trade flows and trade policy.
  • IMF Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS)--DOTS provides bilateral trade flow data for the post-war era. The data are also available for download here, in both an annual file for 1948-1997 and a quarterly file for 1973-1997.
  • International Trade Administration (ITA)--The ITA, which is situated within the Department of Commerce, is encharged with promoting access to foreign markets for U.S. exports. Amongst other things, the ITA is a good source for national and state-level data on exports and imports of merchandise goods.
  • International Trade Centre--The ITC holds a good amount of bibliographic information on trade statistics for specific countries. Go under "Browse Databases" and "search by country" for a listing of such statistical resources by country.
  • International Trade Commission (ITC)--The ITC is an (ostensibly) independent federal agency that conducts investigations into "unfair" trading practicies (e.g. dumping) in conjunction with the International Trade Administration. The ITC's website includes resources such as Tariff Information Center, which provides access to the tariff schedules for the United States, and the Interactive Tariff and Trade Dataweb, which allows users to query ITC databases on tariffs and trade amounts for specific products.
  • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Trade Database--The NBER Trade Database contains multiple data sources measuring trade flows and countries' endowments in factors of production. It is available on CD-ROM in the Data Center.
  • National Trade Data Bank--The NTDB holds a good amount of data on trade and financial matters for both the US and cross-nationally. There are also links to other sources of trade and financial data.
  • SourceOECD--SourceOECD is an online service that provides full-text access to OECD studies, periodicals, and statistics (1960 forward). Included are annuals, outlooks, policy reviews, conference proceedings, analytical reports, guidelines, working papers, all periodicals, and 27 statistical databases. SourceOECD is also accessible via Databases at Emory.
  • StatUSA--StatUSA compiles and provides statistics from the U.S. Government from 1973 onwards (varying by topic) and also provides some limited international data. The data are available in .pdf and/or Excel format. StatUSA is also availabe via Databases at Emory.
  • TRAINS (Web Version)--TRAINS is a bilateral trade database from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Statistics with product-specific data. TRAINS is also available on CD-ROM on all the EDC workstations. Please note that the CD, while not especially user-friendly, has more extensive data going back to the early 1990s and has additional data for both tariffs and non-tariff restrictions on particular products.
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Comtrade Database-- This database contains product-specific bilateral trade flows (values and quantities). Comtrade is also accessible via Databases at Emory.
  • UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics -- UNCTAD's on-line Handbook of Statistics contains much trade-related data, including data on trade in services, diversification of exports and imports, and some data on various tariffs (usually on broad categories of goods). The temporal coverage is often somewhat limited, but users can download data into Microsoft Excel. Registration is required (click on "UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics On-line: Database") but is free to the user.
  • World Bank Research Group--The WBRG holds numerous downloadable datasets on various international trade, development, and finance issues.
  • World Bank Trade Data-- The World Bank holds several databases on trade and production, trade and services, and tariffs that users can download. The Trade and Production Database may be of particular interest due to its detailed industry-level production, trade, and tariff data. Be warned - addresses of World Bank websites such as the ones here tend to change without warning.
  • World Trade Analyzer (WTA)--The WTA contains data on bilateral trade flows from 1980 to 1999 in specific products down to the 4-digit SITC code. The WTA is available in the Data Center as well as in the Goizueta Business Library. A more recent version of the WTA covers the years 1987-2004 and includes data on post-communist countries in Eastern Europe. Both versions are available in the Data Center.

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