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Foreign Trade Data - Exports (EXP)

The Foreign Trade Exports data (EXP) contains transactions level data on the exports of the universe of firms operating in the U.S. that engage in merchandise export to a foreign destination. (See source of information details.)

The export data are the universe of trade transactions data collected by the Customs Bureau during the exportation process, containing value, date, country of origin or destination, quantity, HS code, and other variables. For details, see an example of the shipper’s export declaration PDF (127 KB).

Exports measure the total physical movement of merchandise out of the United States to foreign countries whether such merchandise is exported from within the U.S. Customs territory or from a U.S. Customs bonded warehouse or a U.S. Foreign Trade Zone. (See coverage details.)


EXP Restricted–Use Microdata
Economic – Transactions Data
Census Bureau
Unit of Enumeration
Over 34 million in 2011
This is a transaction level dataset. The number of observations varies by year.
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