Trade Agreement Database

Eurostat provides users with data on transnational flows of goods and services, the added value of exports and investment for the 28 Member States of the European Union. The OECD Statistical Database provides the 34 OECD countries and their trading partners with access to data on time series exchanges. The database includes trade flows of goods and services as well as non-traditional indicators such as trade in intermediate goods and trade in export imputations. They are based on assumptions that free trade and the abolition of investment rules will lead to economic growth, poverty reduction, higher living standards and employment opportunities. UNCTAD statistics collect a series of data collected from national and international sources from 1948. The database contains more than 150 indicators of international trade, economic trends, foreign direct investment and non-traditional indicators such as trade in creative goods and services and trade in information and communication technologies. From 1962, COMTRADE provided access to transnational data on merchandise trade for 292 countries and/or territories. The database allows users to convert data between harmonized system (SH) nomenclatures and the International Trade Classification (CTCI) standard. Users can access UN Comtrade`s International Trade Statistics Yearbook and historical data for the years 1900-1960. The RTA-IS database contains information on RTAs that have come into force that have been notified or for which a notification has been made to the WTO. The Design of Free Trade Agreements (DESTA) database collects data on different types of preferential trade agreements (PTA) (e.g.

B unions, free trade agreements, economic integration agreements, etc.). Starting in 1947, users will be able to browse about 790 PTAs with information on sector coverage, depth of commitments, trade integration and compliance. Other free trade agreements, such as those negotiated by the United States, are much broader and cover other issues, including services and investment. These agreements generally serve as a reference to existing WTO agreements. They often seek to go beyond what is stipulated in WTO rules. These binding international agreements severely limit the political options of future governments and help stem economic reforms that could be imposed by the IMF, the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank or pursued by national governments themselves. Like other free trade and investment agreements, they are working to lift all restrictions on businesses.