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Information about WITS TRAINS Overview

Published on May 7, 2008

Author: Rachele

Source: authorstream.com

TRAINS (Trade Analysis and Information System) operated by UNCTAD-World Bank World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) :  TRAINS (Trade Analysis and Information System) operated by UNCTAD-World Bank World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) Geneva, September 2004 WITS vs TRAINS:  WITS vs TRAINS WITS is a software which is designed to integrate several trade-related databases and provide easy access TRAINS is one of the databases which are operated by WITS Other Databases of WITS:  Other Databases of WITS COMTRADE (UN Statistics Division) Integrated Database (IDB-WTO) Consolidated Tariff Schedule (CTS-WTO) Data Accessibility:  Data Accessibility COMTRADE: Free access to International Organizations, others against a fee TRAINS: Access to governments and international and regional organizations and donors to TRAINS Trust Fund WTO: Access to WTO member governments and selected international organizations Objectives of TRAINS:  Objectives of TRAINS To increase TRANSPARENCY Analysis of market access conditions Analytical support for trade negotiations Analysis of national trade policies General research on trade policies Data contents of TRAINS :  Data contents of TRAINS Tariff measures at national tariff line level for 148 countries (581 country/years), including preferential rates such as RTA and GSP in many cases Non-Tariff Measures classified according to UNCTAD Coding System of Trade Control Measures Import statistics by origin at Harmonized System (HS) 6-digit level WITS Functionality:  WITS Functionality Data retrieval and analysis Quick query Advanced query Tariff Change Simulations Other options Improvement for immediate future:  Improvement for immediate future Ad Valorem Equivalents: Estimation of % equivalents of non ad-valorem rates Multi-market Simulation Model Incorporation of GSIM model in WITS/TRAINS Computer Requirement:  Computer Requirement PC of reasonable speed (minimum 200MHZ) Windows 98, NT 4.0, 2000 or XP Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher Free disk space of at least 2.5GB (1.5GB without WTO Data) of which 500mb must be in C-Drive (CD-Version) Internet Access with 50mb of disk space (Internet Version) How to Install WITS:  How to Install WITS Register at http://wits.worldbank.org Receive userid and password via e-mail Download installation file from http://wits.worldbank.org/install.htm Install CONTACT:  CONTACT Trade Information Section UNCTAD/DITC/TAB Palais des Nations 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland E-mail: wits@unctad-trains.org Fax: +41 22 917 0247

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