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Trade intelligence

Access to trade intelligence and awareness of the opportunities and threats associated with international trade are key factors in assisting developing countries and economies in transition to benefit from exports. Since ITC’s foundation in 1964, assisting developing countries with access to trade and market information has been at the heart of the organization’s work. ITC’s approach is to provide intelligence that makes a difference to its clients, with timely and factual information that directly impacts on SME export success, and to make much of this intelligence readily accessible worldwide through its global public goods.

ITC’s objective is to enable clients to produce, use and disseminate trade intelligence by providing trade information and customized trade analysis, as well as capacity building. As a result, ITC enables policy-makers, trade support institutions (TSIs), and SMEs to make more informed decisions, and TSIs producing and disseminating trade intelligence services effectively. ITC has developed a wide array of trade intelligence products and services that can be organized and used according to the specific needs of policy-makers, TSIs, and SMEs:

  • Market information tools : These are used as online platforms for the production of tailor-made analysis for exporter competitiveness. They include intelligence on trade flows, tariffs, NTMs, pricing, potential buyers and foreign direct investment.
  • Trade intelligence on export market requirements and to identify niche export markets: Standards Map – database of on 70 private and voluntary standards, covering 60 product groups and over 180 countries.
  • TSI trade intelligence platforms: ITC activities enhance the capabilities of TSIs to develop accessible information services tailored to the needs of their clients.

For more information: TSIs: offering trade information services http://www.intracen.org/trade-support/offering-trade-information-services/

Market data and information: http://www.intracen.org/policy/Market-data-and-information/

Market analysis tools: http://www.intracen.org/trade-support/market-analysis-tools/