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Import Price Index (IPI)

      1. Kosovo Agency of Statistics - KAS
      1. Department of Economic Statistics and National Accounts
      1. Ibish Asllani, Hamdi Jupolli
      1. Head of Price Division Statistics Officer for Price Statistics
      1. Street “Zenel Salihu” no 4. 10000 Pristina, Kosovo
      1. + 381 38 200 31 125, + 381 38 200 31 117
      1. No fax number available. The fax number is general for the office: +381 38 235 033
      1. 20/11/2015
      1. 20/11/2015
      1. 20/11/2017
      1. Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS), Department of Economic Statistics and National Accounts, has started to publish the Import Price Index (IPI) in June 2009. Import prices started to be collected in the beginning of 2006. Prices are collected quarterly and cover most representative import companies which were active in most municipalities for the period first quarter of 2006 - the fourth quarter of 2014. The main objective of the IPI is primarily the provision of data: prices, indexes, weights, sectors and quarterly and annual changes of indexes.
      1. Import price index uses the Harmonized System of the World Customs Organization (WCO) published in 2 digit sectors.
      1. Statistics cover all economic sectors. Tables present employment and non employment by economic activity and occupation.
      1. Import Price Index is calculated by the Harmonized System of the World Customs Organization. The import price index is a statistical indicator which measures quarterly changes in import prices. The main variables are: 1. Aggregated prices of imported items expressed in currencies and published in indices, 2. Articles imported and distributed in the sectors and 3. Weights distributed across sectors.
      1. Prices of imported items for the calculation of import price index taken by the importing enterprises.
      1. The target population consists of all representative enterprises importing (who have greater import) within the chapters and sections. The choice of enterprises was dune under the circulation by the Kosovo Customs entries.
      1. Kosovo (national level)
      1. The import price index is published since 2009 and includes data from 2006 and continues regularly to be published on a quarterly basis.
      1. Based index of import price index is 2010 = 100
      1. The data of the Import Price Index are published as indices, quarterly and annual changes in percentage.
      1. The various statistics are generally presented on quarterly basis.
      1. Statistical units, natural and legal persons, regardless of whether they have a legal personality or not, are obliged to provide complete, updated and truthful information to the KAS and other producers of official statistics in appropriate form, timely and free of charge determined by the producer of official statistics, defined in article 2, Law No. 04/L-036 ON OFFICIAL STATISTICS OF REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO.
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      1. “Agency shall ensure that individual data collected for statistical purposes, whether collected from natural or legal persons, or bodies and organizations of the public administration (hereinafter “Respondents”), are handled in a strictly confidential manner and used exclusively for statistical purposes. Law 04/L-036, Article 34. “All respondents shall be obliged, in accordance with the applicable law, to cooperate and provide timely and accurately statistical data to the Agency, and to cooperate with the Agency to verify the accuracy of the collected data. Law 04/L-036, Article 21:
      1. Access to confidential data shall be permitted only to persons who are in charge of producing the official statistics up to that level that these data are necessary for producing statistics. Article 37, Law No. 04/L-036: .
      1. The KAS publishes yearly an advanced release calendar for all its publication for the current year. The calendar is publicly accessible on the KAS website.
      1. The general policy is that before publishing statistics on the Kosovo Agency of Statistics web site a press release is available, also on the web site, to inform users and media. All users get access to data at the same time.
      1. The dissemination of data is quarterly.
      1. News releases on-line at the time of data dissemination.
      1. KAS publications, tables and material for press release are always available in three languages: Albanian, English and Serbian.
      1. KAS has online database:
      1. Users do not have direct access to micro-data, but by law researchers and institutions can request access through KAS.
      1. Data on statistics are also published in the KAS Statistical Yearbook:
      1. A brief explanation of the definitions, key concepts and methodological explanations for users is presented in the publication of data:
      1. KAS is committed to quality assurance in the production of official statistics. Based on the "Law On Official Statistics, Law 04 / L-036", KAS uses statistical methods and processes in accordance with internationally accepted scientific principles and standards and conducts ongoing analyzes in order to improve the quality and delivery of updated statistics. In carrying out its duties, KAS follows the overall quality management principles, in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice. KAS has developed a Quality Statement which is available on the KAS website: . The document lists eleven principles, much in line with the CoP principles like professional independence and statistical confidentiality, on which the work of KAS is based.
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      1. During July 2017, in Kosovo Agency of Statistics was conducted the process of assessment of the Kosovo Statistical System through the “Peer Review” approach.
      1. The data of import price index are used by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Central Bank of Kosovo, Kosovo Agency of Statistics, Eurostat and various enterprises for imports.
      1. One of the key elements to ensure the quality of statistical data is the measurement of the satisfaction of users. The survey aims to gather comprehensive information on the needs and requirements of users of official statistical data. Through this survey the users of statistical data have expressed their thoughts and opinions regarding statistical views, they have provided advice and suggestions regarding their needs for statistics and how to improve these statistical data in the future. This survey was conducted during the conference held with the users of statistical data, in which 11 users responded. The questionnaire contained eight questions and included various topics: the use of statistical data, evaluation of KAS in general, the assessment of the site in KAS, evaluating the quality of statistical data, etc. More detailed information on this survey can be found on the web: .
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      1. The import price index is the quarter (reference period April 1 – June 30, 2017) and publication of data is done according to the plan set by the management.
      1. Delay time is 0.
      1. Statistics refer to the local and national level.
      1. There are no breakdowns in time series.
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      1. The internal consistency of the data is checked before it is finalized. The links between the variables and the coherence in their series is also checked. The data are coherent in the internal aspect.
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      1. There is no revision policy at KAS.
      1. No revisions have been carried out.
      1. Way of obtaining the records is through questionnaires on paper and electronically via electronic mail. Register of enterprises is made from data taken from customs and most representative enterprises are taken in the framework of chapters and sections. As a criterion for the selection is taken the enterprise’s annual turnover in import deals. We have currently 120 units reporting (importing enterprises) and over 500 items. Each year, the number of reporting units and the number of items is increasing.
      1. The data collection is quarterly.
      1. Data collection is done mostly through questionnaires on paper send by the employees of departments in enterprises importing and in special cases electronically from the center.
      1. The material collected by the Regional Directorates proceeds through a logical control before entry by making comparison with the previous quarter. Where there is doubt we kame contact by telephone or by electronic mail to the person or enterprise reporting in the regional directorates in order to verify or improve the reporting of the item price.
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      1. Seasonal adjustment is not yet implemented.