International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, site for economic data, international trade data, and government publications. See especially the Country Commercial Guides (below), annual reports prepared by U.S. Embassy personnel containing business, economic and political information as it affects investment.
Latest editions online through IMF eLibrary
Summary and analytical tables showing trade flows for the world and major areas and country pages providing detailed trade-by country data on exports and imports for the most recent seven years. Predefined Data Reports IMF eLibrary Data Older editions in print HF1016 .I652a (1984-2008)
This is the most comprehensive source of trade data available. Published by United Nations Department of International Economic and Social Affairs. Divided into two volumes: Trade by Country and Trade by Commodity. Includes statistics on import and export including principal trading partners and price indexes for various commodities. Summary data covers past 25 years. Also see Foreign Trade Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. (Older volumes offsite)
Also known as GMID (Global Market Information Database). Focus on consumer goods and services. Provides access to market research data, country reports, company profiles, and statistics on countries, consumers, and industries for over 350 markets and 205 countries. Demographic, economic, and marketing statistics for countries worldwide, as well as several years of historic market size data for many consumer products in multiple countries, plus 5-year forecasts. Consumer lifestyles, companies and brands.
The United Nations Conference on Trade & Development provides access to comprehensive statistical time series and indicators essential for the analysis of world trade, investment, international financial flows, and development. Harmonized data from national and international sources ensures data consistency. Topics cover international merchandise & services trade, foreign direct investment, economic trends, commodities, creative economies, maritime transport and more.
Official source for U.S. export and import statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Division. USA Trade Online provides current and cumulative U.S. export and import data on more than 9,000 export and 17,000 import commodities worldwide using the Harmonized System (HS) and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes up to the 10-digit HS or up to the 6-digit NAICS level. Users can set up a free individual account.