Other tools by the International Trade Centre:
The International Trade Centre has developed a suite of online tools to make global trade more transparent and facilitate access to markets: Trade Map, Market Access Map, Investment Map, Trade Competitiveness Map, Standards Map, and Procurement Map.
The data is available to all countries to conduct up-to-date market analysis, with users from developing countries, least developed countries and countries in transition being able to access all the data free of charge, thanks to support from the World Bank, the European Commission and funders of the ITC's Trust Fund.
The Trade Map provides on-line access to one of the world’s largest trade databases and presents indicators on export performance, international demand, alternative markets and the role of competitors from both the product and country perspective. Company contact information is also available for 64 countries.
Trade Map's features include:
- Analysis of present export markets: Examine the profile and dynamics of export markets for any product, assess the value, size and concentration of exports and highlight countries where market shares have increased.
- Pre-selection of priority markets: View the world’s major importing countries, illustrate the extent of import concentration and in which countries demand has increased over the past five years.
- Overview of competitors in global and specific markets: Identify the leading exporting countries for a given product, highlight a country’s position in world exports or in the imports of partner and neighbouring countries.
- Review of opportunities for product diversification in a specific market: Make a comparative assessment of import demand for related products in an export market, identify imports of similar products and possible synergies.
- Identification of existing and potential bilateral trade with any partner country: Identify product-specific opportunities by comparing actual bilateral trade, the total import demand of partner countries and the overall export supply capacity of the home country.
- Information on tariffs: View information on tariff equivalent ad valorem faced by countries in their exportations or applied by importing countries.
Market Access Map
The Market Access Map provides information on applied customs tariffs, including Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariffs and unilateral and trade agreement preferences. The application also covers tariff rate quotas, trade remedies, rules of origin, plus the corresponding certificates, bound tariffs of World Trade Organization (WTO) members, non-tariff measures and trade flows.
Market Access Map offers:
- A wide geographic coverage with applied MFN and preferential tariffs available for more than 190 countries and territories.
- A new database on NTM regulations, categorized according to a classification validated by key international organizations.
- Seamlessly integrated and continuously updated data on tariffs, trade and NTMs from multiple data sources which can be consulted simultaneously.
- Different methodologies for the calculation of AVEs of non-ad valorem tariffs and trade-weighted average tariffs.
- A flexible product selection based on two international classifications: the Harmonized System (HS) and the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC).
- Access to extensive time-series and the possibility to download raw data.
- High flexibility for users to define tariff reduction simulations, including dismantling schedules.
- The possibility to share queries with other users.
The Investment Map combines statistics on foreign direct investment and international trade, tariff data and the activities of multinational firms into an easy-to-use, interactive internet tool that allows analysis by country, trading partner and secto.
Investment Map aims to assist investment promotion agencies (IPAs) in defining priority sectors for investment promotion, identifying potential investors in a given sector, identifying competitor countries for inward investment, and defining opportunities for bilateral investment.
Investment Map combines statistics on foreign direct investment and international trade, tariff data and activities of multinational firms. The tariff data includes MFN tariffs as well as multilateral, regional and bilateral preferences and covers ad valorem equivalents of specific tariffs, tariff quotas and anti-dumping duties. Tariff and trade data are available for merchandise goods (not services) at the 6-digit level of the Harmonised System for about 5,000 product items. Information on foreign direct investment (FDI) is available on goods and services for up to 150 sectors.
The Standards Map provides online access to ITC’s detailed database on private standards and presents academic, scientific and research papers and articles that discuss private standards issues in global value chains.
Standards Map operates in a web-based interactive environment and enables comparisons of private standards requirements at various levels of analysis, from social and environmental general requirements to very detailed criteria and indicators on food safety issues, carbon emissions measures and specific requirements for labour rights and gender issues.
Standards Map covers private or “voluntary” standards: these standards are developed by non-governmental entities, including non-governmental organisations, industry associations and companies, among others. As such, compliance to these standards is not legally required by national governments or multilateral regulations as opposed to public standards and non-tariff measures.
Private standards included in Standards Map are applicable in over 180 countries and cover over 60 sectors and product groups.
The main strength of Standards Map is the ability to compare private standards’ requirements, scope and coverage, governance models and certification/verification mechanisms using a very user-friendly interactive tool that allows analyses by country, sector/product and by customized groups of standards.
The Procurement Map seeks to help businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, bid for public procurement contracts around the world. It includes a country-by-country breakdown of up to 100,000 public tenders, and indicates when countries have procurement policies that favour women-owned businesses or SMEs.