U.S. Merchandise Trade Data on Electronic Media
Terms & Conditions
The U.S. Census Bureau makes available on a subscription basis, CD-ROM
copies of statistical data covering U.S. import and export trade. These
reports represent complete copies of the most detailed reports available
for public reference. Special conversion files are available for correlating
the various commodity classification systems and converting certain
numeric codes to alphabetic data.
A yearly subscription will cover the 12-month period January-December.
Quarterly reports are cumulative for individual quarters, and the annual
summary data present a 12-month aggregate for the calendar year.
Information concerning record structures/formats may be obtained by
A list and description of the reports available under this service,
together with monthly, quarterly, and annual subscription costs, are
available on www.census.gov/foreign-trade/order.
Data are available in ASCII format on one-off CD-ROM only.
Notice to Users of Census
Computer Media Copies
The Census Bureau has taken all reasonable precautions to ensure that
information recorded on the media you purchase will be readable on your
equipment. When filling customer orders, only new media are used. The
Census Bureau media are purchased from manufacturers on the General
Services Administration's approved list of suppliers. The media have
been subjected to demanding quality control procedures during manufacture
and prior to acceptance by the government.
If you encounter problems in reading the media you receive, we suggest
that you request calibration tests on your own media units before you
communicate with us. When you are assured that you have received a defective
recording from us, please document the problem as thoroughly as possible
and return the defective media and problem documentation to:
Chief, Current Systems
Foreign Trade Division
Room 2170, FB 3
U.S. Census Bureau
Washington, DC 20233-0001
Conditions of Agreement
1. The authority to perform special work or services on a cost
basis is contained in Title 13, U.S.C. 8 and Title 15, U.S.C. 1525 (84
Stat. 864), relating to services for other organizations and persons.
The performance of the work or services involved is authorized only
to the extent that they are consistent with the proper performance of
the basic public duties and obligations of the Census Bureau and the
relative importance of this request to others. The right is reserved,
therefore, to reject or terminate all or any part of the agreement and
return the unused balance of funds advanced, if the exigencies of the
public interest should require such action.
2. Although every reasonable effort is made to avoid delays,
failures, and errors in the performance of its work, it is understood
that the Census Bureau is not to be held responsible for delays, failures,
or errors in the services performed. The cost of recompilations, corrections,
or accelerations must be paid for by the requesting party.
3. The information is furnished subject to the limitations
and qualifications, if any, transmitted with the information and the
requesting party will respect such limitations in any public use of
the information. The Census Bureau reserves the right to specify that
the material is for use of the purchaser only and may not be published,
or to require clearance of any proposed publication ofthe information.
If all of the basic data involved were collected under government supervision
or received by the government in the regular course of business, the
right is reserved to publish the same information and make it generally
available without charge or at cost of publication if the Census B ureau
regards the information to be of general public interest.
4. Ordinarily, the information, files, and records are retained
for a period of 5 years from date of origin, except that electronic
data tapes may be blanked after 90 days unless specific arrangements
in writing are made to the contrary. It is understood, however, that
the Census Bureau is not obligated in any way to retain such files and
records for any specific period and may dispose of them at such times
and in such manner as it may determine appropriate, subject to the regulations
of the General Services Administration.
5. It is recommended that users process the data media as soon
as possible. The Census Bureau will not be responsible for replacing
defective media after 90 days.
FTD Web News
What is required for me to ship charity goods to Haiti?
From GLOBAL REACH: "In order to facilitate the movements of these goods, we offer the following guidance that applies to any goods not requiring a license, such as food, clothing, and medicines." (January 22, 2010)
Foreign Trade has GLOBAL REACH
Foreign Trade has just created and published its official blog, "Global Reach." Visit it to discuss the Foreign Trade Regulations, Export Filing (AES), Trade Data, and other trade related topics. Posts are current and relevant to you as the filer, exporter, data user, or curious blog reader. (January 5, 2010)
FTZ: Guidelines for Submtting Statistical Data
(PDF) (1.8 MB)
Guidelines and best practices for fulfilling FTZ's statistical reporting requirements are now available.
NEW EXPORT TRAINING VIDEOS!!!
- Training videos on topics such as the Foreign Trade Regulations, AESDirect, NAFTA, Taxes/Tariffs, Commodities, etc. now available!
2009 Constant Dollar Data
- The Census Bureau identified a processing error that caused incorrect deflators to be applied to the revised data for 2009. The data have been corrected.
2009 DATA PRODUCT CHANGES
- U.S. Census Bureau will modify the structure of several data products to accommodate changing technology and user demand.
EXPORT COMPLIANCE SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
- The export environment has dramatically changed. Come and understand what it takes to remain compliant, aware and out of trouble.
2003 AES Option 4 Moratorium
Option 4 Filing Review Process Suspended
AES Compliance Best Practices:
Best Practices for maintaining AES Compliance are now available.
Related Party Database Application:
Time series RELATED PARTY data for specific commodities and countries.
ORDER AND DOWNLOAD FOREIGN TRADE DATA PRODUCTS:
- Online Order Form
- FTD DropBox
- Merchandise Trade Downloads
NEW Schedule B Search Engine:
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