To provide a periodic profile of U.S. exporters of goods and/or importers of goods and their characteristics. The United States Code, Title 13, authorizes this data program. Use of Title 26 data has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service.
Manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and other intermediary firms that make reportable export or import shipments during the benchmark year. Generally, shipments over $2,500 for exports and $2,000 for imports must be reported. See the Guide to Foreign Trade Statistics for more information.
The Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies contains key data items from trade statistics and the Business Register establishment list (BR). Trade data include commodities, shipment value, country of destination or origin, U.S. state, method of transportation, and whether the transaction was between plants of the same firm.
Business Register data include exporter and importer identification, parent company identification (if any), location, employment, number of establishments, NAICS classification, and ownership.
Released annually since 1996, roughly 16 months after the end of the reporting period. It was first released following the 1992 Economic Census. Imports were added with the 2008/2009 release.
A compilation of selected establishment- and company-level data from annual goods trade and the latest Business Register. Data are obtained and linked for all firms and establishments that filed information through the electronic Automated Export System (AES) for commodities exported, or the Automated Broker Interface for commodities imported. Data on U.S. exports to Canada are obtained through the U.S. Canada Data Exchange.
Data from different transactions and files are linked through use of reported Employer Identification Numbers (EINs), and other census file identification information. Linkages for single-unit (location) establishments are more exact than linkages for different units within multi-establishment companies. Matching criteria and reliability codes are used to assure locational integrity of linkages at the establishment level.
The Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies, a press release and annual report announcing and summarizing results, is available on the Foreign Trade Division website. Additional information is issued by the International Trade Administration (ITA) and posted on its website.
The ITA uses the summary data to analyze exports and exporters by type of organization, industry and location, and to assist in managing export promotion programs. State and local governments use these data to identify areas and industries with export potential.
Provides the only complete and periodic profiles of U.S. exporters and importers, and changes in these profiles.
All prior issues are available. Call 301-763-3251 for additional information or questions.