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This component covers moveable goods for which a change of ownership occurs between residents and non-residents. It includes the item general merchandise on a balance of payments (BOP) basis, net exports of goods under merchanting and non-monetary gold.

Validity of the definition

  • Valid until (31 December 2078)

Source organisation

  • IMF