who uses our data?
If you are new to uktradeinfo, you may be wondering how you could use our data. This page provides some brief information regarding other users of UK trade data, and how to network with some of them. More detail regarding users, the use they make of our data, how we engage with them, and their experiences is available in The User Story
, a guide presented in Microsoft Powerpoint slideshow.
Users of OTS and RTS data
Users of the OTS, RTS and associated data produced by HMRC can be viewed as 5 main groups:
Key government stakeholders – such as Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union) who publish an 'External and intra-European trade' publication, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) who publish the UK Trade dataset (both available as Related Links), and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) who are the lead department for UK trade policy.
Other government users – including the Welsh Assembly Government who publish a Welsh trade bulletin, the Department of Energy & Climate Change who monitor fuel related commodity trade, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who use food, drink and animal feed data to monitor trade policy and inform their decisions.
Significant commercial and academic users – represented by the International Business Statistics User Group (IBSUG – details below), including Data Retailers, Trade Associations, freight operators, universities and researchers.
uktradeinfo website users – approximately 20,000 unique monthly visitors and growing!
And casual enquirers – representing users who make approximately 10,000 data enquiries to our Customer Service team each year.
How to engage with HMRC and other data users -
Data users can also engage with one another and with Government statistics producers through the International Business Statistics User Group (IBSUG)– (secretary Philip Watson
), a sub-group sponsored by the Royal Statistical Society
(RSS) to represent the interests of users of business, industrial, commercial and international trade statistics.
The RSS also supports IBSUG by hosting a Business and Trade Statistics community forum on its StatsUserNet
platform, which is open for any user to join.
Other datasets and networking forums are available on the Government data website www.data.gov.uk