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Information for Respondents

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The Annual Wholesale Trade Survey (AWTS) produces national estimates of total annual sales, e-commerce sales, end-of-year inventories, inventories held outside of the United States, purchases, total operating expenses, gross margins, and commissions (for electronic markets, agents, and brokers) for wholesale businesses located in the United States.  Additionally, in years ending in "2" and "7," the survey also generates detailed operating expenses estimates through the Business Expenses Supplement (BES).  The estimates are released approximately 14 months after the collection year.

Data generated from this survey are often used by government agencies, private businesses, and researchers.  For example, AWTS serves as a benchmark for the estimates produced from the Census Bureau's Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey (MWTS).  Additionally, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) utilizes the estimates as an input to estimate sales and inventories for the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  To view all of the data products stemming from AWTS, choose the "Data" option from the menu on the left.

On this webpage you will find helpful links to worksheets, letters, materials, FAQs, and contact information.

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Ready to Report or Need Assistance?

To report online:

  1. Sign-in or Register at
  2. Add your authentication code
  3. Report by clicking on “REPORT NOW.”  You can return to your account over multiple sessions to complete.
  4. For assistance completing this survey, please log-in to your Census Bureau account at and send us a secure message or call the customer help line at 1-877-787-9860 (option 3), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  5. Please visit How Do I Get Started? for additional information.

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Respondent Materials

To help you prepare for online reporting, click on the appropriate worksheets below. (All worksheets are in Adobe PDF file format and are for informational purposes only). You may also view the letters sent to respondents about this survey by clicking on the links below.

2018 Survey Worksheets

pdf   SA-42   [<1.0 MB]
pdf   SA-42A   [<1.0 MB]
pdf   SA-42A-MSBO   [<1.0 MB]
pdf   SA-42-AGBR   [<1.0 MB]
pdf   SA-42A-AGBR   [<1.0 MB]

2018 Survey Letters

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Title 13, United States Code (U.S.C.), Sections 131 and 182, authorizes the Census Bureau to conduct this survey.  Sections 224 and 225 provide for mandatory responses.

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Title 13, United States Code, Section 9, requires the Census Bureau to keep your information CONFIDENTIAL and can use your responses only to produce statistics.  The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify your business, organization, or institution.  Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data.

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Survey Legitimacy

Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey:

  1. Ensure the Web address provided in the letter is a "" domain.
  2. Correspondence will contain reporting instructions and a toll-free number for survey assistance.
  3. On the log-in screen, a warning message should be present stating the respondent is accessing a U.S. Government computer.
  4. After clicking on the “Report Now” button in the Respondent Portal, the OMB Number and OMB Approval Expiration information will appear in the upper right of the first screen of the electronic reporting instrument.  The bottom of the screen should have a link for the “Burden Statement,” which also contains the OMB eight-digit number.

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