TRADE PROFILES 2009 i
These Trade Proﬁles combine information on trade ﬂows and trade policy measures ofMembers, Observers and other selected economies. The information is retrieved fromvarious WTO Divisions and external sources and presented in standardized format for quickreference.
The indicators are divided into ﬁve categories:I. Basic economic indicators – population, GDP, current account balance, etc.II. Trade policy indicators – speciﬁc WTO relevant information, including tariff bindinginformation, import duties collected in total tax revenue, the number of dispute rulings(complainant, defendant), notiﬁcations outstanding and contingency measures in force.III. Merchandise trade indicators (customs-based statistics) – information on total tradeﬂows broken down by broad product categories and major origins and destinations.IV. Commercial services indicators (balance of payments based statistics) – trends in totaltrade ﬂows and a breakdown by major components.V. Industrial property indicators – annual number of patents granted and marks registeredin the name of residents and non-residents in the economy. Data are currently provided for as many Members and Observers for which adequateinformation is available in the WTO Secretariat and other national and international bodies.For updates, see the WTO Online Database at the WTO Statistics Gateway (www.wto.org,choose Resources, Trade statistics). Depending on data availability, missing trade proﬁles willbe completed or added.For sources and methodology, please refer to the Technical Notes at the end of thepublication.The deﬁnition of economies in this booklet does not imply an expression of opinion by theSecretariat concerning the status of any country or territory, the delimitation of its frontiers,nor regarding the rights and obligations of any WTO Member in respect of WTO Agreements.Throughout this report, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Republic of Korea andthe Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu are referenced asBolivarian Rep. of Venezuela, Korea, Republic of and Taipei, Chinese respectively.