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International Trade Centre (ITC)Market Analysis ToolsDatabasesThe joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations provides market analysis tools and trade statistics datasets. Five very helpful online tools - Trade Map, Market Access Map, Investment Map, Trade Competitiveness Map and Standards Map - allow for analysis and comparison of trade data. Must create a free account to access. http://www.intracen.org/itc/market-info-tools/market-analysis-tools/
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VizalaGlobal DatasetsDatasetsThe U.S.-based company pulls together global datasets from 19 official organizations. Search data by subject, including Economy: Banks & Lending; Consumers; Debt/Fiscal Policy; GDP/GNI; Labor/Workforce; Monthly Overview; Monetary/Inflation. Market Research: Agriculture; Energy; Environment; Equity Markets; Industry; Services; Trade & FDI. Society: Demographics; Doing Business; Education; Health; Infrastructure; Rule of Law; Technology. Original source of information is provided for each statistic. https://vizala.com/
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United NationsUN Comtrade DatabaseDatabaseUN Comtrade is a database of official trade statistics, searchable by type of product and frequency; classification; and data type. The repository contains annual trade statistics starting from 1962 and monthly trade statistics since 2010. Relevant analytical tables and data visualization tools are available.http://comtrade.un.org/
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World Trade OrganizationStatistics: Trade and Tariff DataDatabasesThe WTO provides quantitative information in relation to economic and trade policy issues. Its databases and publications provide access to data on trade flows, tariffs, non-tariff measures (NTMs) and trade in value added. Databases include: Statistics database - contains time series on international trade, country trade, tariff and services profiles; Tariff Download Facility - sophisticated detailed and interactive tariff analysis; Tariff Analysis Online - simpler, standardized tariff statistics, mainly for downloading; RTA database - regional trade agreements; PTA database - preferential trade arrangements; I-TIP database - a single entry point for WTO information on trade policy measures covering both tariff and non-tariff measures affecting trade in goods as well as information on trade in services; International Trade and Market Access Data interactive tool. The website also provides links to related news, reports and newsletters.
https://www.wto.org/english/res_e/statis_e/statis_e.htm
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World Trade OrganizationChronological list of dispute casesInformation; DatabaseThe WTO settles trade disputes brought by countries against other countries and this website lists decisions in reverse chronological order. Dispute documents can also be found through a search tool by searching year, agreement, country/territory, current status, short title, and subject. A map of disputes and GATT disputes (pre-WTO) are also available on the website.https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dispu_e/dispu_status_e.htm
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The World BankTradeDatabases; Expert SourcesThe World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) tool provides access to summary information on trade and tariffs without the use of queries. World Development Indicators provide access to downloadable data and allow the graphing, mapping and comparison by trade indicators, for example merchandise imports from low-income economies. Search, browse and map new and related development projects with the Projects & Operations tool. Access the Open Data Catalogue, which registered 25 datasets related to trade. The latest available data is for 2014. Expert sources, searchable by unit, role and language, are available here: http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/trade/expertshttp://data.worldbank.org/topic/trade
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The World BankWorld Bank Group Enterprise SurveysDatabaseInternational trade can be beneficial for firms in terms of less expensive inputs for manufacturing and new markets for exporting finished products and services. Time spent waiting for imports and exports to clear customs can be costly for firms and deter them from engaging in foreign trade. The twelve indicators on this page measure the complexities of international trade in 135 countries. The results are based on surveys of more than 130,000 firms. A database query tool is available to help you better understand the overall prevalence of international trade, in addition to firms' individual experiences with international trade across various subgroups. You can also generate graphs to compare countries.http://www.enterprisesurveys.org/data/exploretopics/trade
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International Monetary FundIMF eLibrary DataDatasetsThe IMF tracks analyzes the financial activities of 188 countries and provides a number of datasets that can be searched by topic, including economic projections http://data.imf.org/?sk=7CB6619C-CF87-48DC-9443-2973E161ABEB&sid=1420495318386&ss=1420495322854
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Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)OECD Stat: International TradeDatasetsDownloadable data, customizable queries and visualization tools for up-to-date export and import in goods statistics for OECD members (34 countries), the Euro area (19 countries) European Union (28 countries); G7, 10 non-OECD member economies and BRIICS economy total. International trade and balance of payment query is available on the left-hand side, searchable by fiscal year, month and quarterly.https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=MEI_TRD
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European CommissionEurostatDatabaseOfficial international trade statistics for EU member countrieshttp://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/international-trade/data/database
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U.S Department of CommerceInternational Trade AdministrationDatabasesOfficial international trade statistics for U.S., plus information on regulation, trade agreement and negotiations, trade disputes and enforcement, U.S. trade laws. Accessible databases: TradeStats Express -- U.S. trade statistics by market and industry, updated quarterly; Trade Policy Information System -- customizable queries using U.S. and international trade data sources, summary information available to all users, updated monthly; FTA Tariff Tool -- online tool combining current and future tariff information with U.S. trade data for free trade agreement partners; Exporter Database -- tables profiling U.S. goods exporting companies by market, product, and location within the United States, released annually. Accessible Tables: Top Trade Partners -- U.S. trade with its top 30 partners, released monthly; Free Trade Agreement Trade Tables -- total U.S. goods trade and manufactured goods trade with its free trade agreement partners, released monthly.http://trade.gov/mas/ian/tradestatistics/index.asp
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World Economic OutlookWorld Economic OutlookDatasetsUsing IMF data, search and compare country projectionshttp://world-economic-outlook.findthedata.com/
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International Maritime OrganizationGlobal Integrated Shipping Information SystemDataFind ships owned or utilized by companies to view shipping routes, ports, schedules, etc.https://gisis.imo.org/Public/Default.aspx
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Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)Investigative DashboardDatabases; ExpertsOCCRP's Investigative Dashboard includes software tools and databases useful for researching and mapping individuals and companies. Its ID Search indexes more than two million documents on Politically Exposed Persons. Links to external databases include business registries, regional procurement registries, regulatory agencies, commercial registries and court registries around the world. Experts are available to assist with research.https://investigativedashboard.org/
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International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Offshore Leaks DatabaseDatabaseICIJ has compiled a database of corporate information based on leaked documents on nearly 320,000 offshore companies and trusts. The database can be searched by people, companies and addresses connected to offshore entities and country; or by jurisdiction.https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/
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OpenCorporatesOpenCorporatesDatabaseThe UK-based company Chrinon Ltd operated OpenCorporates, which stores information on over 100 million companies in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide. The information is sourced from national business registries and linked/matched by association. The database is searchable by company, officer and jurisdiction. https://opencorporates.com
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Atlas of Public StocksAtlas of Public StocksDataAn unofficial map of over 45,000 publicly listed companies around the world is searchable by name, address, sector and industry. Curated by an individual financial investor. http://atlasofpublicstocks.com/
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WikipediaList of Company RegistersInformation; SourcesThe Wiki page provides a list of national company/corporate registries, which will sometimes provide access to company documents.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_company_registers
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Centre for International Governance InnovationExperts DirectoryExpert SourcesThe Canada-based think tank focuses on international governance and has an extensive list of expert sources that specialize in global business and trade issues.https://www.cigionline.org/experts
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The Global ExpertsExperts DirectoryExpert SourcesDeveloped by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the expert database is searchable by subject area, geographic expertise, field of work, language and expert’s location.http://www.theglobalexperts.org/
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US SECEDGARDatabase of public filings by publicly-held companies registered in USUS-registered publicly-held corporations must file various documents with the SEC. Good place to look for lawsuits, investments, changes in company structure.https://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html
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GIJNThe Secret World of Private CompaniesTip SheetA Tip Sheet by Columbia University's Sheila Coronel on how to research privately held companies.https://gijn.org/2012/10/12/the-secret-world-of-private-companies/

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