Table III.1                       
  World merchandise exports by region, 2005                                                                                                                                                                                             
  (Billion dollars and percentage)                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Value  Share  Annual percentage change 
               
2005   1990 2000 2005    2000-05 2003 2004 2005
                     
World                                                                            10159   100.0 100.0 100.0   10 17 22 13
North America                                                                    1478   16.6 19.5 14.5   4 5 14 12
United States                                                                    904   11.6 12.5 8.9   3 5 13 10
Canada                                                                           359   3.8 4.4 3.5   5 8 16 14
Mexico                                                                           214   1.2 2.7 2.1   5 3 14 14
South and Central America                                                        355   3.1 3.1 3.5   13 15 30 25
Brazil                                                                           118   0.9 0.9 1.2   17 21 32 23
Argentina                                                                        40   0.4 0.4 0.4   9 15 17 16
Europe                                                                           4372   49.6 42.0 43.0   11 19 20 8
European Union (25)                                                              4001   - 38.9 39.4   10 19 19 7
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)                                         340   1.7 2.3 3.3   18 27 36 28
Russian Federation                                                               244   - 1.7 2.4   18 27 35 33
Africa                                                                           298   3.1 2.4 2.9   15 25 30 29
South Africa                                                                     52   0.7 0.5 0.5   12 23 26 13
Middle East                                                                      538   4.1 4.3 5.3   15 22 32 35
Asia                                                                             2779   21.8 26.4 27.4   11 18 25 16
China                                                                            762   1.8 4.0 7.5   25 35 35 28
Japan                                                                            595   8.5 7.6 5.9   4 13 20 5
India                                                                            95   0.5 0.7 0.9   18 16 32 26
Six East Asian traders                                                           983   7.8 10.4 9.7   8 15 24 12
Memorandum items:                                                                   
WTO Members (149)                                                                9590   95.6 95.8 94.4   10 17 21 13
ASEAN                                                                            653   4.2 6.9 6.4   9 17 20 15
MERCOSUR                                                                         163   1.4 1.3 1.6   14 19 28 21