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
These statistics describe the price and quantity development of international trade in goods and changes therein.
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.
Unit value and volume indexes of international trade are calculated and published using the CPA2008 product classification (Classification of Products by Activity, CPA).
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.
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.
international trade, prices at international trade, unit value index, volume index, rate of exchange
Finnish Customs / Statistics
Statistics Service, Tel. +358 295 52335
Statistical database Uljas: uljas.tulli.fi
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.