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Trends and developments in commercial services trade

In: Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2012: Recent Trends and Developments


  • United Nations ESCAP

    (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP))


The value of world exports of commercial services rose by 11% in 2011 to $4,170 billion, exceeding pre-crisis levels of $3,850 billion in 2008. Half of world exports of commercial services in 2011 consisted of travel receipts and other business services. Asia-Pacific as a region increased its contribution to world export of commercial services from 23% in 2000 to 28% in 2011. However, its share in world imports of commercial services remained at a higher level, rising from 27% in 2000 to 30% in 2011. Despite the exports of commercial services growing faster than the imports since 2003, the region still generates a deficit in its services trade with the world.

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  • United Nations ESCAP, 2012. "Trends and developments in commercial services trade," STUDIES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT,in: Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2012: Recent Trends and Developments, chapter 2, pages 31-44 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  • Handle: RePEc:unt:ecchap:aptir2650_chap2

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    1. Peter Walkenhorst & Tadashi Yasui, 2004. "Quantitative Assessment of the Benefits of Trade Facilitation," International Trade 0401008, EconWPA.
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    Trend; Development; Growth; Asia; Pacific; Commercial services trade; Export; Import; Pre-crisis;

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    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade


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