Definition: Specific movements
Specific movements are defined within EU legislation as movements of goods whose characteristics are significant for the interpretation of the information. The characteristics may relate to the movement itself, the nature of the goods, the transaction which gives rise to the movement, or the exporter or importer of the goods.
They are often categories of goods where the general guidelines on coverage may not entirely clearly indicate whether the categories should be included or excluded from trade statistics. They may also be categories where there are particular difficulties of data collection in either or both of customs and Intrastat procedures.
These "specific movements" of goods as currently defined in the year 2000 consolidating legislation are:
a) industrial plants;
b) vessels and aircraft
c) sea products;
d) ships' and aircraft's stores and supplies;
e) staggered consignments;
f) military goods;
g) offshore installations;
h) spacecraft and spacecraft launchers;
i) motor vehicle and aircraft parts;
j) postal consignments (extra-trade only)
k) petroleum products (extra-trade only)
l) waste products.
Eurostat, "Statistics on the trading of goods - User guide", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1998, p. 19