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Data presentation - Summary description

Statistics on cross-border shipments of euro banknotes are compiled by the European Central Bank (ECB) on a monthly basis as set out in Guideline ECB/2011/23 on the statistical reporting requirements of the European Central Bank in the field of external statistics. These statistics cover shipments of euro banknotes between national central banks (NCBs) and other monetary financial institutions (MFIs) residents in the euro area and any legal person outside the euro area. Such statistics are needed to facilitate decision-making in the area of euro banknote issuance with respect to the planning of banknote production, the management of stocks and the coordination of the issuance and transfers of euro banknotes by national central banks and the ECB. Euro banknote shipment statistics contribute to the assessment of monetary and foreign exchange developments and are needed to assess the role of the euro as an investment currency outside the euro area.

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Statistical concepts and definitions

For information about the naming convention (series key dimensions and metadata), refer to the BNT underlying DSD (ECB_BOP_BNT) maintained by the ECB.

Statistical processing

The total net series at the euro area aggregate level (the difference between total euro area exports and total euro area imports of euro banknotes) is seasonally adjusted using the X-12-ARIMA method.

Administrative Information

BNT - Shipments of Euro Banknotes Statistics

Data source

European Central Bank (ECB)

Contact organisation

European Central Bank

Technical Information

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Dataset last update
6 June 2024 10:00 CEST
Metadata last update
7 September 2022 12:17 CEST