The Sustainable Timber Information Exchange (STIX) collects, organizes, visualizes, disseminates, and exchanges data on international trade flows of timber and forest products, alongside the contextual information necessary to monitor the impact of measures to promote legal and sustainable trade.
STIX is planned to be a dynamic evolving platform providing access to an expanding range of data and analysis tools.
A priority for promoting legal and sustainable trade in forest products is to ensure ready and harmonized access to the most up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive data on the value and volume of products in trade.
STIX plans to progressively expand coverage of reporting countries in the trade data and may introduce additional metrics for monitoring legal and sustainable trade.
STIX currently provides access to data on timber products trade as reported by the statistical agencies of 44 countries including nearly all the world’s largest exporters and importers. Together these countries are estimated to account for at least 90% of the total value of global timber products trade.
Monthly or annual data can be accessed for either the import or export flows of reporting countries.
The start date for all data in the STIX database is January 2015 and the end date is the most recent monthly data published by the statistical agency of the reporting country.
While there are several on-line sources of timber trade statistics, STIX offers the following unique benefits:
STIX makes the most recent data readily freely accessible in a consistent and immediately useable format.
Unlike other on-line trade flow databases, which typically provide only annual data and to publish well after the date that actual trade occurred, STIX allows trade monitoring as close to real time as possible. Monthly data is provided for all trading countries, typically no more than 3 months after trade occurred.
While reporting countries use an inconsistent variety of reporting units, STIX converts all value data into US dollars and Euros using exchange rates current at the time of the transaction.
All quantity data for EU countries is validated (obvious errors identified and removed) using an algorithm to ensure unit values remain within reasonable bounds.
Procedures are also being developed to standardize units and to validate routines to improve the quality and consistency of quantity data for non-EU countries.
STIX provides an intuitive and powerful interface allowing users to access specific data in bulk as far as possible without limits.
STIX does not assume any prior detailed knowledge of the HS system and allows users to select and aggregate data for commercially meaningful product groups defined in plain English.
Simple but effective visualizations are provided allowing users to gain a quick insight into the most recent trade flow trends without having to go through the potentially laborious process of downloading, compiling and analyzing the data.
The charts on the STIX website are dynamic. Areas can be selected with a mouse for expansion and data values will be shown on hover. Images of selected data can be downloaded as png files.
By compiling and harmonizing data for a large number of reporting countries, a key feature of the STIX database is that “mirror data” can be accessed for those partner countries which do not themselves regularly report trade data. This is true of many developing countries that lack national capacity to regularly compile and publish trade statistics. By selecting a single partner country and all reporting countries, it is possible to obtain a reasonably comprehensive picture of total trade by that partner country from the STIX database.
Trade flows can be explored and data downloaded (as a csv file) by selecting a combination of one or more reporting countries, partner countries, and product groups.
Data may be freely extracted from the STIX database and used for any non-commercial application. Data should be attributed to 'The Sustainable Timber Information Exchange sourced from www.stix.global'.