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The 2008 Yearbook comprises two volumes. Volume I was compiled early in 2009 to allow for an advanced release of an overview of international merchandise trade in 2008 and for a much earlier publication of the available 2008 country (area) data. Volume II contains the detailed tables showing international trade in main commodity groups and was finalized approximately six months after the submission of Volume I as the preparation of the tables required additional country data which become available later in the year. Volume I has been redesigned in respect to the presentation of data for individual countries with the aim to provide a more analytical and condensed view of a country’s trade performance. Overall, data for a total of 173 countries (or areas) are shown in Volume I with the 2008 data on imports and exports by commodity and trading partner provided for 77 countries (areas), representing approximately 61% of world trade of 2008.