Definition: Total purchases of goods and services
Included are all the goods and services purchased for consumption in service provision or for resale in the same condition as received. Capital goods are excluded.
Among the goods included are materials such as food for on board catering, goods for retail sale on board and elsewhere, packaging products, maintenance and repair materials, office supplies and energy products. Also included are any materials and components for the production of capital goods by the enterprise.
Any services paid for are also included, covering payments to third parties for repair and maintenance, installation and technical studies, legal and accountancy fees, insurance premiums, costs of shareholders meetings and governing bodies, contribution to business and professional bodies, post, telephone and electronic communication, transport services for personnel, advertising, commissions, rents, bank charges (excluding interest) and all other business services provided by third parties.
Note: Purchases are valued at the purchase price including all taxes and duties except VAT and other taxes linked directly to turnover.
Glossary For Transport Statistics, Eurostat, ECMT, UN/ECE, Third edition