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Meeting Notes
International Trade Statistics Conference # 4
U.S. Census Bureau, Suitland, Maryland
September 15 - 19, 2008



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  • Participating agencies:

    • Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
    • Statistics Canada (STC)
    • Statistics New Zealand (SNZ)
    • United Kingdom HM Revenue and Customs (HMR&C)
    • United States Census Bureau (USBC)

  • Monday, 15 September
    Themes = Introduction and Collection

    • Morning (9:00 - 11:30) - Location: Alexandria, Virginia
      • Introduction
      • Country Updates Roundtable

    • Lunch in Alexandria, Virginia

    • Afternoon (2:00 - 4:00) - Location: Conference Room # 3
      • Country Updates Roundtable (continued, if necessary)
      • Collection of Trade Statistics
        • Topic Aim: Examine issues involved in collection of trade statistics from Customs and non-Customs sources
        • Presentations:
          • Mandatory Electronic Export Reporting (USBC)
          • Currency of Invoicing (HMR&C)

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  • Tuesday, 16 September
    Theme = Collection (continued)
  • Morning (9:00 - 12:00) - Location: Training Room # 4
    • International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) Concepts and Definitions Revision 3
      • Topic Aim: Examine individual issues addressed in the United Nations worldwide consultation to update the IMTS concepts and definitions.
      • Presentations:
        • Using Non-customs Data in Compiling U.S. Trade Data (USCB)
        • IMTS Issue (STC)

  • Afternoon (1:00 - 4:00) - Location: Training Room # 4
    • IMTS Concepts and Definitions Revision 3 (continued)
    • Topic Aim: Examine issues addressed in the worldwide consultation and determine whether any group or additional responses to the United Nations would be beneficial.
    • Presentations:
      • Responses and Reactions to Worldwide Consultation (ABS)
      • Responses and Reactions to Worldwide Consultation (SNZ)

  • Evening: Baseball - Washington Nationals vs. NY Mets (7:10 start time)

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  • Wednesday,17 September
    Theme = Processing
  • Morning (9:00 - 12:00) - Location: Training Room # 4
    • Process Improvements
      • Topic Aim: Share information and experiences of improvements made to trade processing systems
      • Presentations:
        • Mainframe Migration and Changes to Revision Schedule (STC)
        • Processing Enhancements to Allow More Corrections to Data (USBC)
        • Selective Editing Update and Editing Staff Skills and Training (SNZ)
  • Afternoon (1:00 - 4:00) - Location: Training Room # 4
    • Process Improvements (continued)
      • Presentations:
        • Recent Process Improvements (ABS)
        • Recent Process Improvements (HMR&C)

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  • Thursday, 18 September
    Theme = Analysis
  • Morning (8:30 - 11:15) - Location: Training Room # 4
    • Commodity Classification Management
      • Topic Aim: Share information and experiences from 2007 HS revisions and regular updates in preparation for 2012
      • Presentation: Incorporating HS Revisions (STC)
    • Data Quality
      • Topic Aim: Examine data quality issues and improvement initiatives
      • Presentations:
        • Quality of Export Data and Implications on Import Reporting (ABS)
        • Data Reconciliations - Lessons Learned and Benefits (USCB)

  • Lunch/Afternoon (12:00 - 3:30)
    • US Census Bureau Economic Directorate Picnic

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  • Friday, 19 September
    Theme = Dissemination
  • Morning (9:00 - 12:00) - Location: Conference Room # 4
    • Data Security and Governance
      • Topic Aim: Share information and best practices in addressing the impact of data security mandates on trade statistics programs
      • Presentation: Data Security, Transfers and Access (HMR&C)
    • Data Products
      • Topic Aim: Examine ways to increase relevance of trade statistics
      • Presentation: New Commodity Classification for Data Users (SNZ)

  • Afternoon (1:00 - 3:00) - Location: Conference Room # 4
    • Direction/mandate of our group, and future plans

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