In the Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS), why does summing up a country’s exports to (imports from) its partners not equal a country’s exports to (imports from) the world? How is a country’s total exports to (total imports from) the world calculated?
Emerging and Developing Countries
Other Countries not included elsewhere
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Moreover, if you add up a country’s exports to (imports from) data to individual countries, it may not equal the regional aggregate because there are some countries that are added into the regional aggregate, but we do not show the data for. Therefore, you will not be able to add the individual countries and see that it equals the regional aggregate total. As a suggestion, we recommend the use of the aggregates to get the world total and not summing up the individual countries.
DOTS dataset can be found here.