TrianForTrade has the pleasure to invite your office to nominate statisticians who are responsible for the compilation and analysis of International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) in your country to participate in a forthcoming annual e-learning course. This e‑learning course will be conducted from 28 February to 10 April 2022, and a follow-up webinar will take place on 12 April 2022. The course will be delivered in English and French. Nominated officials should self-register on (select International Merchandise Trade Statistics for English version, and Statistiques du Commerce international des Marchandises for French) with respectively the access code of 2022IMTS and 2022SCIM. Please note that the registration deadline is 20 February 2022.

This training addresses directly the aims of Goal 17 of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. It has been developed jointly by UNCTAD, the World Trade Organization and the UN Statistics Division and has benefited from the close collaboration of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Statistics of International Trade.


The objective of this e-learning course is to provide more easily accessible and rather complete training material for those involved in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of IMTS.
The main goals are to enhance statisticians ability to apply the most recent internationally agreed recommendations on IMTS, define best possible data sources, set up adequate collection systems, and enhance statistics compilation processes.
Furthermore, the course would communicate the importance of quality, metadata, timely dissemination, and links to economic analysis and national policy objectives. The training would guide trainees on how to better use the internationally available guidance, especially the IMTS Concepts and Definitions 2010 and the related Compilers Manual.

Target groups
Primary Target: 

Trade data compilers from (depends on countries):
•    National Statistical Office (NSO) [i.e., Zambia, Malaysia]
•    Central Bank [i.e., Paraguay, El Salvador]
•    Ministry of Trade [i.e., Thailand, India]
•    Customs Administration [i.e., China, Korea]

Secondary Target:
•    Trade negotiators
•    Trade statisticians
•    Trade analysts / Economist (reporting indicators)
•    Ministries of Foreign affairs, Agriculture, Transport, Energy, etc.
•    Chamber of Commerce, Industry
•    NGOs
•    Academics

This eLearning course has the following modules:
1.    Conceptual Framework
2.    Institutional Arrangements
3.    Production and Compilation
4.    Metadata and Quality
5.    Dissemination and Analysis
6.    New Areas of Work

The eLearning course will be followed by a webinar on topics presented by selected course participants.