Statistics specification: Unit value and volume indexes of international trade in goods (2013-)

Title of statistics

Unit value and volume indexes of international trade in goods

Collector

Finnish Customs

Description

These statistics describe the price and quantity development of international trade in goods and changes therein.

Data content

Statistics indicate both monthly data and the moving 12-month averages of the development of prices, terms of trade, and volumes of imports and exports. Indexes are published separately for internal and external trade. In addition to index point figures, the development of prices and quantities within international trade has also been analysed verbally and graphically.

Data collecting method

The information on Finland’s trade with other EU countries is collected from statistical declarations submitted by companies, using the Intrastat system of internal trade. Information on the goods trade between Finland and third countries is obtained from customs declarations which must be provided for all import and export consignments. The data on both internal and external trade are combined when compiling the Finnish international trade statistics.

Applied classifications

Unit value and volume indexes of international trade are calculated and published using the CPA2008 product classification (Classification of Products by Activity, CPA).

Updating frequency

Monthly

Completion or publication date

Unit value and volume indexes of international trade are published within nine weeks of the end of the statistical reference month. The exact schedule of publication is defined for about a year onwards. The publishing schedule is available on the Finnish Customs website.

Time series

The unit value and volume indexes of international trade have been available under the current classifications since 2010. Of the previous CPA2002 headings, 27 import headings and 24 export headings were chained backwards up to the year 2002.
Customs has produced international trade indexes ever since 1919. Older international trade indexes are available as archived paper copies.

Keywords

international trade, prices at international trade, unit value index, volume index, rate of exchange

Contact information

Finnish Customs / Statistics
Statistics Service, Tel. +358 295 52335
E-mail: statistics[at]tulli.fi
Internet: www.tulli.fi
Statistical database Uljas: uljas.tulli.fi

Further information

Beside the unit value and volume indexes of international trade in goods calculated at the Finnish Customs, export and import price indexes describing the price development at international trade are available from the Statistics Finland.