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FT-900 Supplement: August 2002

With the release of December 2002 statistics on February 20, 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau will discontinue the state export series based on the exporter location (EL). This will affect the quarterly and annual data products and exhibit 2A in the FT-900 supplement. Beginning with January 2003 statistics, published in March 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau will compile and release state exports based only on the origin of movement (OM) series.

Due to new methods of reporting export transactions, the EL series has seen significant changes which have resulted in the assignment of a proportion of transactions to states inconsistent with the exporter location series criteria. The OM series should not be affected by these changes. For a more complete explanation, refer to the notice in the February 2002 FT-900 supplement at: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/notice.html or and explanation of the state export series at: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/aip/elom.html.


FT-900 Supplement: February 2002

Users should be cautious in interpreting the exporter location (EL) series and are advised that comparisons of 2000 and 2001 state totals to those of previous years may be misleading. The state export series based on the exporter's location, the EL series (Exhibit 2A), has changed significantly since late 1999. An analysis of the locations reported by exporters in 2000 and 2001 as compared to 1999 has shown that most of the changes involve shipments reported electronically through the Automated Export System (AES). AES, a joint effort of the U.S. Customs Service and the Census Bureau, was first implemented in 1995. The results of our analysis coincide with the surge in reporting through AES in late 1999 through 2001, when the former Automated Export Reporting Program (AERP) was discontinued and alternative ways of filing through AES (AES DIRECT, PC Link, and Web Link) were introduced.

While AES has significantly improved the overall quality and coverage of the export data, it has changed filing practices, especially the addresses reported for multiple location companies. The exporter's location is based on the ZIP code in the exporter's address as reported on the Shipper's Export Declaration or its electronic equivalent. We are currently exploring whether it is possible to better define the address of each shipment in order to establish a stable EL state export series for the future. For now, however, users expect further shifts in this series.

A separate state export series based upon the origin of the movement of the goods, the OM series, is also available. (See Exhibit 2.) The OM series should not be affected by companies converting to AES; however, some shifts are also evident in the OM series between 1999 and 2000. Still, the OM series provides a more consistent time series than the EL series. More information about the differences in the two state data series is available on our web site at http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/www or by calling (301)457-3251. Users should also note that the order of these exhibits has been reversed with the OM data now shown in Exhibit 2 and the EL data in Exhibit 2A.


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Created: 30 July 2002
Last modified: 11 March 2015 at 05:20:50 PM