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U.S. Exports Commodity Classification CD-ROM

The U.S. Exports Commodity Classification CD-ROM is a reference tool that will help you find the 10-digit HS-Based Schedule B numbers for commodities. It contains the complete database of commodity codes and descriptions as well as software for searching the database.

Schedule B information is also available from Foreign Trade.

2000 CD-ROM

The CD-ROM has new software for the year 2000. The data is in the form of linked HTML documents that can be viewed with the off-line browser supplied on the CD-ROM disc.

Documents whose name begins with ind contain commodities sorted by commodity name alphabetically
Documents whose name begins with sb contain commodities sorted by commodity code


1996-1999 CD-ROMs

The CD-ROM for years 1996-1999 feature TextWare Lite1 for both DOS and Windows. The DOS and Windows versions of TextWare Lite are nearly identical, and both contain extensive online help. To start the DOS application, just type GO at the DOS prompt. There is no setup application for the Windows program on the disc.

For Windows 3.1, install the application as a Windows icon or execute the application directly from the File Manager. To execute the application from the File Manager, click on twlitew.exe in the root directory of the CD-ROM. To install the application as a Windows icon, select the New option in the File menu of the Program Manager, and create a new Program Item with the following Properties (d: is the CD-ROM drive):

Description: U.S. Exports Commodity Classification
Command Line: twlitew
Working Directory: d:\

For Windows 95, install the application as a Shortcut or execute the application directly from Start. To execute the application from Start, select Run... from the Start menu, and Open: d:\twlitew.exe. To install the application as a Shortcut, select the New option in the File menu of the hard drive, and create a Shortcut. Specify:

Command line: d:\twlitew
Select a name...: U.S. Exports Commodity Classification

To search the database for a commodity:

  • Select Open... from TextWare's File menu. This shows the names of the two CardFiles, Schedule B Changes: 1995-1996 and U.S. Exports Commodity Classification.
  • Select U.S. Exports Commodity Classification
  • Select Search from the menu bar, then select Enter...from the Search menu.
    Hint:
    Specify Proximity as the Search Type, with Paragraph and UnOrdered as the Proximity Type.

Please note: Copying the contents of the CD-ROM folder (or directory) containing twlitew.exe, to a hard drive folder, will eliminate the need to insert the CD-ROM. About 7 MB of hard drive space is needed for this purpose.

Also, some menu items (Bookmark, Dictionary, Links, and Sticky Note features) will not be operative. This does not indicate a problem with the disc. The software is a reader only. It can read files if they have already been created by the full-featured version of the software (which is not on the CD-ROM), but can't create new ones. Since no files of these types were put on the CD-ROM, there are none for the program to retrieve.

For assistance in installing and using this CD-ROM, call our Tech Support Hotline at 301-763-7710.

1 TextWare is a trademark of TextWare Corporation.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Administrative and Customer Services Division | (301) 763-7710 |  Last Revised: February 13, 2013