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Statistics on foreign trade in goods Department

Erma Petrova
Acting Head of Statistics on foreign trade in goods Department
Contact Information:
Address: Sofia 1038, 2, "P. Volov" Str.
Telephone: +359 2 9857 145

The “Statistics on foreign trade in goods” Department (FTS) shall perform the following activities:

1. develop new and improve existing methodologies, methods and statistical tools for conducting statistical surveys in the field of foreign trade statistics and ensure their harmonization with Eurostat’s requirements;

2. conduct statistical surveys included in the National Statistical Programme in the field of foreign trade statistics;

3. develop, coordinate and update the legal framework in the field of foreign trade statistics in compliance with the European legislation;

4. coordinate the work of the department with other structures inside and outside NSI related to provision, processing, validation, control and dissemination of data on foreign trade statistics;

5. define the thresholds and estimate the values of the trade below the thresholds and of non-response for the Intrastat system;

6. be liable for updating, maintenance and extension of the Information System "Foreign Trade" (ISFT);

7. be liable for dissemination of foreign trade data to the users in country and abroad;

8. be liable for the organization in carrying out mirror exercises on commodity flows;

9. provide methodological support to the institutions providing data from administrative sources and participate in the development and maintenance of registers, classifications and nomenclatures used in reporting foreign trade statistics;

10. participate in the work of committees, working groups, meetings and seminars at national and international level in the field of foreign trade statistics;

11. work on improvement of foreign trade data quality and prepare quality reports;

12. provide methodological support to the respondents and to the users of foreign trade data;

13. carry out information exchange of foreign trade data with Eurostat, other institutions, international organizations and countries;

14. prepare reports and statements on the issues of foreign trade statistics;

15. prepare and provide data on foreign trade necessary for general statistical publications of the NSI and international questionnaires;

16. prepare tailor-made data on users’ requests.