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Global Trade Atlas: International Import and Export Commodity Trade Data

Find import-export data for 98% of the world's merchandise trade

Collecting and collating international commodity trade data is extremely difficult since each country uses a different reporting methodology. That's why governments and companies turn to the Global Trade Atlas (GTA) – the world's most comprehensive trade database, built from high-quality data sources that are certified to ISO9001:2015. The GTA provides official monthly bilateral trade data for 95+ countries and annual data for 180+ countries. It covers every commodity at the most specific harmonized code level. Many of our customers use the GTA in combination with PIERS, which tracks US imports and exports at the detailed bill-of-lading level.

The GTA is now delivered through our state-of-the-art platform Connect, allowing you to quickly and intuitively:

  • Calculate international trade for a commodity or group of commodities
  • See the effect of new market entrants
  • Identify emerging markets, trends and supply sources
  • Uncover supply-demand imbalances and potential opportunities
  • Compare your market share to the competition

Expanded Features of GTA in Connect

Your annual subscription includes unlimited access for all users, with complete training and support from our customer service team.

  • Improved user navigation and data queries – Search and filter international import and export trade data with ease
    • User-defined groups, multilingual search, saved search function, currency converter
    • Search commodity, country, merchandise value, quantity and unit price by year, half-year, quarter or month
    • Transportation mode and location filters for many countries
  • Enhanced data extraction – Schedule when you extract and deliver international commodity trade data files into your internal systems and customize reports by year-over-year or month so you can correlate unit prices and volumes over time
  • Report management and sharing – Set your Excel downloads to refresh automatically, graph the data, export charts for your Excel and PowerPoint presentations and share your customized reports directly from Connect to fellow GTA users
  • Headline analysis and commentary – Keep pace with market trends and developments with regular insight from experts across the IHS Markit business

Use the GTA to increase your competitive position in the market

Conduct market analysisIdentify your strengths and weaknesses with comprehensive import-export data, including port and transportation mode for many countries
Benchmark the competitionAnalyze country data to compare your known import-export data vs. the market to understand your business in its global context
Track emerging marketsIdentify developing industries, markets and emerging trade routes for new sources of purchase, supply, investment
Monitor trading patterns and policiesUse trade statistics, including tariff commodity codes, to understand and negotiate trade agreements
Conduct data analysisBuild credible predictive models and make forecasts based on 20 years’ of data

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