Readers should be aware of changes in the 2008 UN publications concerning geographical disaggregation (especially Europe as the partner region). These changes do not allow for comparisons with previous geographical disaggregrations. Therefore, separate tables are displayed each comprising a homogenous geographical pattern.
The databank reports on world trade for one and two-digit SITC categories in total trade and trade in manufactures based on UN Comtrade data. To account for the internal trade character of intra-EU trade, trade shares are calculated with and without EU-intra trade, respectively. In the latter case, the EU is taken as a single reporting unit.