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Barbados Exports, percent of GDP

(percent, source: The World Bank)


Barbados Exports of goods and services as percent of GDP: For that indicator, The World Bank provides data for Barbados from 1960 to 2012. The average value for Barbados during that period was 51.38 percent with a minumum of 38.22 percent in 2002 and a maximum of 71.93 percent in 1984.


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The exports of Barbados and other countries are calculated as the total amount of goods and services produced at home and sold abroad. Exports are often reported as percent of GDP so that we can evaluate their magnitude relative to the size of the economy.

If exports are about 15 percent or less of GDP the economy is considered relatively closed as only 15 percent of its products are sold internationally. That, for example, applies to the U.S. In contrast, many small European countries export over 40 percent of their production. They are considered more open to international trade.

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World Bank definition: Exports of goods and services represent the value of all goods and other market services provided to the rest of the world. They include the value of merchandise, freight, insurance, transport, travel, royalties, license fees, and other services, such as communication, construction, financial, information, business, personal, and government services. They exclude compensation of employees and investment income (formerly called factor services) and transfer payments.