Concepts definitions and classifications of the external trade statistics in relation to the SNA and the balance of payments
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The merchandise imports and exports, as considered by the System of National Accounts (SNA) constitute only a part of the imports and exports of commodities (goods and services); these commodities themselves are only a part of the external transactions account. These same merchandise transactions are also only a part of those entering into the balance of payments.