World Tariff Profiles

World Tariff Profiles is an annual publication jointly published by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Available in English, French, and Spanish, this publication includes data on tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed by WTO members and other economies worldwide. More than 170 countries and customs territories are represented. Each volume also features a special topic. Recent topics include “Non-Tariff Measures: Estimating Analytical Indicators Using UNCTAD’s Trade Analysis Information Systems (TRAINS)” (2021), “Market Access for Medical Goods and COVID-19 Medical Supplies” (2020), and “Aligning Trade and Tariff Policies with Sustainable Development” (2019).

Each profile includes tariffs imposed by each economy on its imports, plus analysis of market access conditions faced by the economy regarding its major markets for exports. Tables are standardized, simplifying comparisons between countries/customs territories or between sectors. This standardization also enables comparison between bound and applied tariffs for WTO members.

World Tariff Profiles includes five main sections:

Summary Tables – summary tariff and trade statistics for all countries and territories for all products, plus a breakdown into agricultural and non-agricultural products. When applicable, calculations are based on a pre-aggregation to Harmonized System (HS) six-digit subheadings, resulting in standardization across countries and territories, increasing compatibility of comparisons across countries/territories.

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All Products summary snippet - right side of table

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Imports and Exports Profile summary table snippet - right side of table

Country/Territory Tariff Profiles – a page devoted to each country/territory, with statistics disaggregated by sector and duty range. In addition, this section includes information about market access conditions the country/territory faces in major export markets.

Country Tariff Profile for Democratic Republic of the Congo

Non-Tariff Measures – statistics on select policy measures that have become increasingly important in international trade

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Non-Tariff Measures table snippet- right side of table

Special Topic – unique to each edition; includes relevant statistics and analysis. Here is a table from the 2021 Special Topic document regarding non-tariff measures (NTMs):

Sample table from 2021 Special Topic regarding Non-Tariff Measures

Annexes – data sources and frequently asked questions

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Sample of Frequently Asked Questions in Annex section

Access World Tariff Profiles from 2013 to present in the WTO iLibrary through the Franklin catalog.

Detailed, customizable tariff data can be viewed and downloaded from the WTO iLibrary and WTO website.

For additional assistance with tariff research, please contact a Lippincott Librarian.

Unpacking Consumer Packaged Goods with Mintel’s Global New Products Database

The Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) is a new Lippincott Library resource for researching the consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketplace. GNPD focuses on new products in the food, drink, beauty and personal care, home care, health and hygiene, and pet markets in 86 countries. Mintel has been monitoring products since the 1990s and adds more than 30,000 product launches to GNPD each month. In addition to new products, GNPD includes relaunched, reformulated, and repackaged products and new varieties or extended ranges of existing products. Helpful tip: if a product is purchased by another company, Mintel categorizes this as a “relaunch” and creates a separate GNPD record reflecting the new company’s ownership.

Mintel users may have encountered GNPD content during general searches on the Mintel platform. GNPD data and information appears in Mintel Country and Global reports, under Content Type: Innovative Products, and when using the Product Features filter. Now, users also have the option to search within GNPD exclusively.

To access GNPD from the Mintel platform, navigate to the Analytics menu at the top of the page and scroll over Products. From there, you can perform a basic keyword search, access the Advanced Search tool, research ingredients, and explore CPG trends.

Mintel Global New Products Database landing page

Basic keyword searching provides quick access to new products. Every field in GNPD is keyword-searchable. Search suggestions allow you to drill down by product name, company name, flavor, fragrance, ingredients, and more.

Mintel GNPD search suggestions for  keyword search for "ice cream"

Use the filters on the search results page to focus results on region, product claim, ingredients, company, and more. The “Refine search” free text box allows for keyword searching within results.

Mintel Global New Products Database search results page for "ice cream"

Advanced Search allows you to limit a search by multiple filters, many at a detailed level, enabling a refined list of results:

Mintel Global New Products Database Advanced Search page

The example below reflects an Advanced Search for the key phrase “ice cream” in the product description, limiting to products containing the ingredient almond milk, and limiting geography to Latin America:

Mintel Global New Products Database Advanced Search for "ice cream" with results limited to those containing the ingredient almond milk and within the geography Latin America

Results can be sorted in several ways, including by geographic Market:

Mintel Global New Products Database search results page with option to sort results by Market outlined

Drilling into a product record yields Product Details including package size, product positioning claims, as well as Company & Source Details including manufacturer, retail store where the product was purchased, and the product price:

Mintel Global New Products Database product record reflecting information on Product Details tab
Mintel Global New Products Database product record reflecting information on Company and Source Details tab

Product records also include nutrition facts, packaging information, product variants (when available), and links to GNPD records for similar products:

Mintel Global New Products Database product record reflecting nutrition facts and packaging information
Mintel Global New Products Database product record reflecting product variants and links to Global New Products Database records for similar products

The Advanced Search function is also accessible from the basic search results page by clicking the “Edit with advanced search” link.

Product records can be downloaded into Microsoft Word, Excel/CSV, PowerPoint, or HTML. Customizable templates are available for Excel and CSV downloads. Product images can be downloaded as JPG files.

GNPD search results can be visualized, charted, and tabulated for trend analysis. Search results may also be shared through a direct link. To save GNPD searches, create a free Mintel personal profile using your Wharton or Penn email address. From a search results page, click “Save search,” name the search, and save it. You can also create email alerts for new products meeting your search criteria.

The GNPD Hopper is similar to the basket feature in Mintel reports. From a search results page, click “Add to Hopper,” then “Create new Hopper.” Name the Hopper, add records to it, and save it. You can also add Hopper comments and share Hoppers. Saved Searches and saved Hoppers are accessible from the Products page under the Analytics menu.

This is merely a brief highlight of how GNPD can streamline research in the CPG sector. To learn more about GNPD’s many tools and features, the Help & Training section accessible from the top right side of the Mintel database includes a Glossary, User Guide, and forthcoming training videos covering basic and advanced searching within GNPD.

This video from Mintel demonstrates popular GNPD features mentioned above:

For additional assistance with Mintel GNPD, please contact a Lippincott Librarian.

GNPD covers June 1996 to present. For CPG data and information prior to 1996, search GNPD’s PDF Archive, which dates back to 1973.

Hidden Gem: Lippincott Library’s Document Delivery Service

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Have you found yourself in a maze of confusion while trying to track down an article or book chapter? You are not alone! Fortunately, Wharton faculty, staff, PhD, MBA, and undergraduate students can avoid this frustration by taking advantage of Lippincott Library’s Document Delivery service. If reducing research time and effort sounds appealing, read on to learn more.

Whether you need an article or a chapter from a book, Lippincott’s Document Delivery staff will track down the item and get it to you.

Here are common questions and answers about Document Delivery:

How does Document Delivery obtain the material I request?

We locate the PDF within one of our hundreds of subscription databases or make a scan from a print item in the Penn Libraries’ collections.

What if I need an article or book chapter that is not in Penn Libraries’ collections?

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Not a problem! We will request the article or chapter from one of our many partner libraries around the world. You will receive a link to the PDF directly in your email inbox. 

What else should I know about the Document Delivery service?

There may be limits to the amount we can scan from a single book or journal issue based on U.S. copyright laws, including Fair Use.

How do I use Document Delivery?

Email the full citation of the article or book chapter to docdel@wharton.upenn.edu and we will get to work!  Expect to receive PDFs from our subscription databases or scans from items within Penn’s collection within 24 hours. (Note: Document Delivery is staffed Monday through Friday)

Python Pointer: Find Files with os.walk()

Have a mess of files to read into Python? Maybe you downloaded Kaiko trade data, with unpredictable sub-directories and file names, from Penn+Box. Or maybe you’ve dropped TXT, PDF, and PY files into a single working directory that you’d rather not reorganize. A simple script will find the files you need, listing their names and paths for easy processing.

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Detailed Cryptocurrency Data from Kaiko – Available Now!

Itching to analyze cryptocurrency data down to the tick? Kaiko’s rich historical data—accessible through the Lippincott Library—offer details from more than 50 exchanges and 7,500 currency pairs, letting you expand the boundaries of your research.

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How to Fact-Check your President, Professor, or Peer

Think about your last friendly debate, mind-blowing lecture, or presidential tweet. Did someone make a quantitative claim that seemed hard to believe? If you can gather the data, you have the power to check the facts and come to your own evidence-based conclusion.

Let’s take an example: In the 2019 State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump stated, “the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world.”

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CEIC: Download Data for International Research

Need macroeconomic data for more than 128 countries? CEIC offers metrics including GDP, CPI, Forex rates, imports, exports, retail sales, and investment as well as premium data for Brazil, Russia, India, and China, letting you match up and download data from multiple sources for further research.

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Let’s say you need to compare India’s and Russia’s gross domestic product (GDP) and quarterly imports from China from 1990 through 2015.

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The Library is Open!

Hello, Wharton students! Welcome to Lippincott Library and a new academic year. Find us online, chat with us during the day, email us after hours, call us at 215-898-5924 or head up to the second floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library and say hello! We’re here to support your research and academic needs. We offer a number of library services to do that.

 

RESEARCH TO GO. Have a question between classes? Visit us in Huntsman Hall! We hold office hours every Monday through Thursday 12:30 – 1:30 in JMHH 251.  Drop in and get quick answers for your job search or research questions.

 

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Our Business FAQ is your 24/7 librarian. Search by keyword or concept to find resources on topics such as market research, company financials, analyst reports and more.

DOCUMENT DELIVERY. Available to undergraduate students, MBAs,  PhD candidates and Wharton faculty. Email docdel@wharton.upenn.edu to request articles and book chapters. Include the full citation for the fastest reply.

BUSINESS NEWS. Put away your wallet! Lippincott Library subscribes to major newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and many other business periodicals such as the Harvard Business Review and The Economist. You can read them in print in the library or online through several of our databases. You also now have access to WSJ Pro through Factiva. To limit your results to articles from WSJ Pro, click “Search” and then click “Source” below the “Free Text Search” box. Type WSJ Pro in the “Source” search bar and select any WSJ Pro sections of interest.

GROUP STUDY ROOMS.  Have a team project or group presentation?  Reserve a room  for your meeting. We have smaller study rooms for 4-5 people and two larger rooms that accommodate 10-12 people.

YABLON FINANCIAL RESOURCES LAB. Your one-stop-shop for access to Bloomberg and Capital IQ. Yablon is open to Wharton students only whenever Lippincott Library is open, and our librarians are happy to help you with these resources.

WORKSbloomberg120611_2_560HOPS.  On Wednesdays we talk about Bloomberg. Each week we offer Bloomberg training from 3:30 – 4:30 in Yablon Financial Resources Lab. It’s hands-on so be sure to come a few minutes early to create your own Bloomberg account. Register for this and other business workshops here.

 

TEXT BOOKS. We have library copies of textbooks for many Wharton courses on reserve at the Lippincott Services Desk.  Most textbooks can be checked out for three hours and used in the library. Check if we have your textbook in Franklin’s Course Reserves catalog.

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