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FOREIGN TRADE is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics and responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States. If you're searching for import or export statistics, information on export regulations, commodity classifications, or a host of other trade related topics, this is the place to get the information you need.

News

  • Goods and Services Deficit Increased in September 2014

    The Nation’s international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $43.0 billion in September from $40.0 billion in August (revised), as exports decreased and imports increased. (November 4, 2014)

  • Updated U.S. Merchandise Trade Statistics: A Quality Profile

    The U.S. Census Bureau announced the release of the updated U.S. Merchandise Trade Statistics: A Quality Profile. The Census Bureau strives to provide accurate, high quality statistics to meet the needs of our various data users. However, to use the information wisely and appropriately, users need to understand the nature and limitations of the merchandise trade statistics program. This paper discusses issues affecting the quality of the statistics, and some known limitations. It also highlights some recent and proposed improvements to the quality of the statistics.

  • Enforcement of the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)

    The revisions to the Foreign Trade Regulations published in the Final Rule of March 14, 2013 are fully enforceable as of October 3, 2014. If you have any questions regarding the new requirements please call 1-800-549-0595, option 3 or email ftdregs@census.gov.

  • Preliminary Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies, 2012-2013

    The Department of Commerce released the report, Preliminary Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies, 2012 - 2013. It provides information on identified companies and their known export or import value (October 3, 2014).

  • Imports and Exports by Related Parties, 2013

    The Department of Commerce released the report, U.S. Goods Trade: Imports & Exports by Related-Parties 2013. Related-party trade accounted for 41.6 percent ($1,589.4 billion) of total goods trade ($3,818.6 billion). Related-party total goods trade is based on consumption imports and total exports. (May 6, 2014)

  • Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies, 2011-2012

    The Department of Commerce released the report, A Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies, 2011 - 2012. It provides information on identified companies and their known export or import value. In 2012 the number of identified U.S. exporters was 304.9 thousand, up from 303.5 thousand in 2011.

  • Foreign Trade Regulations Town Hall Webinars

    These in-depth webinars provide the information necessary to understand the changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). Come learn about what has changed in the FTR and how that change will affect you. Best of all, the webinars are free. These webinars will focus on changes in reporting requirements, new fields added to the Automated Export System, changes in definitions, and much more. The webinars will start on July 18 and will be repeated on August 8, September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 12.
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  • New FT-900 Exhibit 19: Seasonally Adjusted Countries and Areas

    Beginning with the January 2014 release, the "U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services" report (FT-900) includes a new exhibit (Exhibit 19) that presents monthly and quarterly seasonally adjusted trade in goods on a Census basis for selected major trading partner countries and areas.

  • Advanced Export Information (AEI) Pilot Program

    The U.S. Census Bureau is announcing the implementation of a pilot program to evaluate a new filing option in the Automated Export System (AES).  Specifically, the AEI pilot is a voluntary program in which selected exporters agree to submit a limited set of Electronic Export Information (EEI) in accordance with existing filing deadlines followed by the full set of data elements submitted within five calendar days of the date of export.  Correspondence indicating interest in the AEI pilot will be accepted until April 1, 2014.



Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Foreign Trade | ftdwebmaster@census.gov |  Last Revised: November 04, 2014