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Date Last Updated: 01-03-2022

Survey Name:

Goods Exports and Imports

Survey purpose:

Collection of intra EU merchandise trade statistics

Legislative Basis National:

Not applicable

Legislative Basis European:

European Parliament and Council Regulation (EU) No 2019/2152

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1197



Statistical Population:

All VAT registered traders

Sampling Frame:

All traders (identified by VAT number) whose annual imports exceed €500,000 or annual exports exceed €635,000

Reference Area:


Time Coverage:


Base Period:

Not applicable

Sector Coverage:

Not applicable

Survey Size:

Approximately 7000 traders. These comprise some 6,000 importers and 2,000 exporters some of which are involved in both importing and exporting of merchandise goods.

Principal Variables:

Date, Company Vat Number, Type (import/export), Commodity code (CN), Invoice value, Net mass and/ or supplementary units, country of destination/consignment for exports/imports respectively, country of origin for imports, Statistical value, Delivery terms, Mode of transport, nature of transaction.

Principal External Users:

Eurostat, Media, Companies, Public, PQs, Other Government Departments and internally within CSO

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Economic Statistics

Contact Person:

Ciarán Counihan, Damian Malone

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Orla McCarthy

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 1 498 4000