Cross-border trade in services broken down by partner country and type of service are surveyed on behalf of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) as part of the balance of payments survey system. These are used to compile the current account item of services (excluding travel) in non-financial corporations. The obligation to report and the periodicity of the report (annually or quarterly) are based on legally defined thresholds.
The data provide the basis for compiling the current account within the framework of the collection system for the balance of payments statistics. The Austrian balance of payments is part of the foreign trade statistics of the EU and the European area as a whole, which represents an important indicator of currency and exchange rate policy.