Foreign Trade Statistics


Foreign Trade Statistics

Trade statistics are economic statistics, which serve a variety of needs. The trade flow of goods is analyzed using various adopted commodity classifications, which have different levels of detail and classification criteria. The foreign trade statistics are compiled as secondary statistics derived mainly from customs documents. All data in this report are preliminary estimates. Possible corrections will be made in future  publications.

Trade flows

Import statistics cover all goods cleared through customs for home use form abroad or from the national free zone. Export statistics cover all goods of national origin to be dispatched to another country. This coverage is consistent with the so-called "Special Trade System". For various reasons certain goods, sucha as monetary gold, banknotes and coins in circulation are exluded from the foreign trade statistics according to the United Nations recommendations.


The value of goods equals the value of the commodity at the place and time it crosses the border. The valuation of commodities is based  C.I.F. (Cost of Insurance and Freight) for imports and F.O.B. (Free on Board) for exports. All values ar in 1.000 Antillean. guilders. Blanks on values may indicate a rounding effect or no transaction registered for a particular commodity. The sum of tables may not add up to total import and export due to rounding effects and adjustments made in the tables.

Commodity Claffisication

The classification of goods is based on SITC (Standard International Trade Classification -Rev 3). The SITC is a statistical classification of the commodities designed to provide the commodity aggregates required for purposes of economic analyses and to facilitate the internatinoal comparison of trade-by-commodity data. The SITC (Rev.3) is based on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), which was created by the Customs Co-opeation Council.

In January of 2003 the Customs of the Netherlands Antilles introduced the Harmonized System commodity classification, which replace the CCCN (Customs Co-operaation Council Nomenclature) commdotiy classification. The Harmonized system commodity classification represents valualable instrument, which may be used for a variety of purposes while yet retaining a structure that is required for the purposes of tariff classification.

Partner Countries

In the case of import, the partner country or area of consignment is the place from which goods are dispatched to Curaçao without any commercila transaction in intermediate countries. In the case of export, the partner country or area is defined as the country of destination known as the time of dispatchment as the final country ot which goods are delivered.

For the data and publications about import/export please follow this link: Statistical Information/International Trade

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