Foreign Trade Division FT900 Press Release files:
There is a legal mandate to publish foreign trade statistics.
Title 13, Chapter 9 of the U.S. Code directs the Secretary of
Commerce to collect, compile, and publish foreign trade statistics
on a monthly and cumulative basis. The Bureau of the Census,
Foreign Trade Division, is responsible for publishing the statistics.
The primary objective of the foreign trade statistical program
is to produce the U.S. trade figures and other detailed import
and export trade figures on a monthly basis. We must release
this information on a pre-scheduled date each month, without
We meet these requirements through the release of the highly
publicized U.S. International Trade In Goods and Services report,
commonly referred to as the FT900. The balance of trade figures,
along with other various detailed foreign trade data, are released
about 45 days after the statistical month covered.
The information under this menu provides the actual FT900
reports for the current month and year, as well as previous
years. If you have questions or comments on this report, please
contact the Data