From 1962, COMTRADE provided access to transnational data on merchandise trade for 292 countries and/or territories. The database allows users to convert data between harmonized system (SH) nomenclatures and the International Trade Classification (CTCI) standard. Users can access UN Comtrade`s International Trade Statistics Yearbook and historical data for the years 1900-1960. One of its stated objectives was to contribute to “harmonious development and the expansion of world trade” by removing barriers to bilateral trade. These binding international agreements severely limit the political options of future governments and help stem economic reforms that could be imposed by the IMF, the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank or pursued by national governments themselves. Like other free trade and investment agreements, they are working to lift all restrictions on businesses. UNCTAD statistics collect a series of data collected from national and international sources from 1948. The database contains more than 150 indicators of international trade, economic trends, foreign direct investment and non-traditional indicators such as trade in creative goods and services and trade in information and communication technologies. But these agreements must be seen in a global context as a springboard to full integration into a global market economy.
This is an additional way to ensure that governments implement measures to liberalize, privatize and deregulate the corporate globalization agenda. There is sufficient evidence that this type of agreement, on the contrary, no longer gives multinationals the freedom to exploit workers and shape the national and global economy according to their interests. The IMF provides access to trade and investment data through the following databases: Directorate of Trade Statistics (DOTS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BOPS) and International Financial Statistics (IFC). The data cover all 188 IMF members from 1948 onset and include transnational trade flows, international economic transactions and the international investment positions of member states. Eurostat provides users with data on transnational flows of goods and services, the added value of exports and investment for the 28 Member States of the European Union.