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FOREIGN TRADE is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics and responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States. If you're searching for import or export statistics, information on export regulations, commodity classifications, or a host of other trade related topics, this is the place to get the information you need.


  • Goods and Services Deficit decreased in May 2015

    The Nation's international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $41.9 billion in May from $40.7 billion in April (revised), as exports decreased more than imports. (July 7, 2015)

  • New U.S. Census Bureau Report on U.S. International Trade in Goods

    On July 30, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., the U.S. Census Bureau will introduce a new release, “Advance Report: U.S. International Trade in Goods.” This report will be released monthly, 4-7 business days in advance of the “U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services” report (FT-900). More information and sample exhibits of the new report are available at the link above.

  • Imports and Exports by Related Parties, 2014

    The Department of Commerce released the report, U.S. Goods Trade: Imports & Exports by Related-Parties 2014. Related-party trade accounted for 42.3 percent ($1,667.3 billion) of total goods trade ($3,937.4 billion). Related-party total goods trade is based on consumption imports and total exports. (May 5, 2015)

  • Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies, 2012-2013

    The Department of Commerce released the report, A Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies, 2012 - 2013. It provides information on identified companies and their known export or import value. (April 7, 2015)

  • NEW: The 2012 Manufacturing and International Trade Report (MITR)

    The Manufacturing and International Trade Report (MITR) is a new annual report from the U.S. Census Bureau, which for the first time, will provide a comprehensive comparison between detailed manufacturing product class data and associated import and export data. The 2012 MITR will combine statistics from the Economic Census and official U.S. export and import merchandise trade statistics. Future reports will also incorporate statistics from the Annual Survey of Manufactures. Details

  • Updated U.S. Merchandise Trade Statistics: A Quality Profile

    The U.S. Census Bureau announced the release of the updated U.S. Merchandise Trade Statistics: A Quality Profile. The Census Bureau strives to provide accurate, high quality statistics to meet the needs of our various data users. However, to use the information wisely and appropriately, users need to understand the nature and limitations of the merchandise trade statistics program. This paper discusses issues affecting the quality of the statistics, and some known limitations. It also highlights some recent and proposed improvements to the quality of the statistics.

  • Enforcement of the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR)

    The revisions to the Foreign Trade Regulations published in the Final Rule of March 14, 2013 are fully enforceable as of October 3, 2014. If you have any questions regarding the new requirements please call 1-800-549-0595, option 3 or email

  • Foreign Trade Regulations Town Hall Webinars

    These in-depth webinars provide the information necessary to understand the changes to the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). Come learn about what has changed in the FTR and how that change will affect you. Best of all, the webinars are free. These webinars will focus on changes in reporting requirements, new fields added to the Automated Export System, changes in definitions, and much more. The webinars will start on July 18 and will be repeated on August 8, September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 12.

  • Advanced Export Information (AEI) Pilot Program

    The U.S. Census Bureau is announcing the implementation of a pilot program to evaluate a new filing option in the Automated Export System (AES).  Specifically, the AEI pilot is a voluntary program in which selected exporters agree to submit a limited set of Electronic Export Information (EEI) in accordance with existing filing deadlines followed by the full set of data elements submitted within five calendar days of the date of export.  Correspondence indicating interest in the AEI pilot will be accepted until April 1, 2014.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Foreign Trade | |  Last Revised: July 06, 2015