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Definition: Extra-EU trade statistics

External trade

Extra-EU trade statistics record movable property imported and exported by the European Union.

Extra-EU trade statistics do not record exchanges involving goods in transit, placed in a customs warehouse or given temporary admission (for trade fairs, temporary exhibitions, test, etc.). The field covered by these statistics corresponds to what is known as special trade.

Extra-EU trade statistics do not cover the following imports and exports:
- those whose value and net mass are lower than the statistical threshold fixed by a Member State within the limit permitted by Community legislation. The threshold is fixed so that any export or import with a net mass of more than one tonne or a value of 800 ECU is recorded;
- those which are excluded pursuant to special provisions of Community legislation.
Eurostat, "Statistics on the trading of goods - User guide", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1998, p.7-8