Section 4.
U.S. Merchandise Trade: Catalog of Data Products


     The data products of the U.S. merchandise trade statistics program
are presented at many summary and detail levels. The statistics are
released in publications, hard copy reports, compact disc, and computer
tape (after 1991, no products are available on microfiche).

Publications and Hard Copy Reports

Monthly

FT900 U.S. Merchandise Trade

     This report presents the highly publicized import and export
figures released by the Bureau of the Census each month about 45 days
after the statistical month covered. It is available on a subscription
basis and contains information on domestic and foreign exports and
general imports of merchandise by selected country and selected
commodity groupings with merchandise trade balance by month and
cumulative January to date. Export and general import data are
presented in the following exhibits:
     A supplement is released one or two days after the FT900 release.
Export and general import data are presented in the following exhibits:

FT920 U.S. Merchandise Trade: Selected Highlights

     Effective with data for December 1989, (annual 1989 totals) this
hard copy monthly report became available on a subscription basis
through the Foreign Trade Division. The report contains a series of
tables which provide information on exports, general imports and
imports for consumption. The tables include data on U.S. customs
district and method of transportation, world area by country of origin
and destination.

FT925 Exports, General Imports, and Imports for
Consumption, SITC-Rev.3 Commodity by Country

     This publication is issued monthly and is offered as a subscription
through the Government Printing Office. Beginning with 1991, an annual
edition will be issued which will include corrections to previously
published data and eliminate "carry-over" (that portion of the
monthly statistics that arrives too late for inclusion in the
transaction month). This report presents both customs and c.i.f. value
information for general imports and imports for consumption in terms of
SITC commodity classification. Exports are presented using f.a.s.
value, also in terms of SITC commodity classification.

     Table 1 shows monthly and year-to-date value of exports, general
imports, and imports for consumption by one-, two-, three-, four-,
digit SITC commodity groupings. Table 2 presents monthly and
year-to-date value of exports and general imports by five-digit SITC
commodity by country.

TQ985	U.S. Waterborne Exports and General Imports

	This quarterly report is available on a subscription basis through 
the Foreign Trade Division.  The report contains information presented 
in table format in terms of Customs district and port of unlading vs. 
district and port of lading, by type of vessel service, U.S. vs. Foreign 
flag vessel tonnage by type of service and coastal district.  It also 
contains tables for the top 20 flag carriers ranked by weight, top 20 
ports handling containerized cargo ranked by weight and leading imported 
and exported commodities by weight.  An annual (TA985) report is also 
available.  Prior to 1995, the report was produced monthly (TM985). 

	The TQ/TM/TA985 reports also included statistics on both regular 
and intransit waterborne imports and exports.  However, beginning 
June 1997 the Census Bureau no longer will be responsible for collecting, 
processing and publishing intransit data.   In order to maintain uniformity 
throughout 1997, the quarterly reports will not contain any intransit 
statistics.  Data users may order special reports containing the omitted 
January through May 1997 intransit data by calling (301) 457-2317.   For 
more information, consult the announcement "Census Ceases Publication of Intransit Data".




Annually

FT247 Imports for Consumption, 10-Digit HTSUSA
 by Country

     This publication is prepared annually and is issued through the
Government Printing Office. The report presents imports for consumption
data in customs value in terms of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the
United States Annotated (HTSUSA), commodity classification. The sort
for the report is HTSUSA commodity by country. Data for quantity and
unit of quantity is provided.

FT447 Exports, 10-digit HS Schedule-B Commodity
 by Country

     This publication is prepared annually and is issued through the
Government Printing Office. The report presents exports f.a.s value in
terms of the Harmonized Schedule B commodity classification. The sort
for the report is Schedule B commodity by country. Data for quantity
and unit of quantity is provided.

FT895 U.S. Trade with Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions

     This report is prepared monthly and extracts are offered through the
Foreign Trade Division. An annual publication is offered through the
Government Printing Office. This report presents data on shipments to
and from the United States and Puerto Rico and U.S. possessions. This
report shows each territory by commodity, net quantity, value, vessel
value and shipping weight, and air value and shipping weight
information.

FT925 Exports, General Imports, and Imports for
Consumption, SITC-Rev.3 Commodity by Country

See description above for Monthly Publications

FT927 Exports and General Imports, Country by
Three-digit SITC-Rev. 3 Commodity

     This annual publication began with the 1989 edition, and is offered
through the Government Printing Office. This report presents customs
value information for general imports in terms of the SITC commodity
classification. Exports are presented using f.a.s. value also in terms
of SITC commodity classification. The sort for table 1 is country by
three-digit SITC commodity. Table 2 contains exports by country by
two-digit SITC, including vessel and air totals. Table 3 contains
general imports by country by two-digit SITC, including vessel and air
totals.

FT947 Exports and General Imports, Six-digit HS
Commodity by Country

     This annual publication began with the 1989 edition, and is offered
through the Government Printing Office. This report presents both
exports and general imports in the same tables. Data are presented for
customs and c.i.f. value information for general imports in terms of
the HTSUSA commodity classification. Imports for Consumption are
presented for customs value. Exports are presented using f.a.s. value
in terms of harmonized Schedule B commodity classification. The sort
for the publication is six-digit HS commodity by country.

TA987 Vessel Entrances and Clearances

     This annual printed report is available through the Foreign Trade
Division. The report presents information by district and port for
number of entrances and clearances, net registered tonnage, and flag
(U.S. or foreign).

Computer Printouts of Selected Foreign Trade Commodities

     The Foreign Trade Division makes available, on a subscription basis,
monthly data in the form of computer-generated printouts of selected
commodities from U.S. Import and Export trade reports. The cost is
based on providing data in units of 1 to 10 commodity classification
code numbers within each of the following formats.
IM145
U.S. General Imports Presents harmonized TSUSA commodity, country of origin, customs district of entry, quantity, customs and c.i.f. values. Current month and cumulative January to date.
IM146
U.S. Imports for Consumption Presents harmonized TSUSA commodity, country of origin, customs district of entry, quantity, customs value and calculated duty. Current month and cumulative January to date.
EM545
U.S. Exports of Domestic and Foreign Merchandise Presents harmonized Schedule B commodity, country of destination, customs district of exportation, quantity, and f.a.s. value. Current month and cumulative January to date.

Microcomputer Compact Discs

     Effective with the September 1989 statistics, monthly and cumulative
year-to-date export and import commodity by country by district
information is available on compact disc for use with microcomputers
(CD-ROM Compact Disc- Read Only Memory). The CD-ROM discs are available
on a subscription basis from Customer Services, Bureau of the Census,
Washington, D.C. 20233 or call 301-763-4100. Beginning with the
December 1990 discs, basic access software is included on each disc.

CDEX(yr-mo) U.S. Exports of Merchandise

     This CD-ROM is produced monthly, approximately sixty days after the
close of the statistical month. Each disc includes current month and
cumulative year- to-date exports data. The following files are included
on each disc:

Detail Database

     For each HS commodity by country by district of exportation record,
data are provided for country, commodity and district descriptions,
number of records, quantity, unit of quantity, f.a.s. value, vessel
shipping weight and value, and air shipping weight and value.

Commodity Summary Database

     For each HS commodity, data are provided for commodity descriptions,
number of records, quantity, unit of quantity, f.a.s. value, vessel
shipping weight and value, and air shipping weight and value.

Country Summary Database

     For each country, data are provided for country descriptions, number
of records, f.a.s. value, vessel shipping weight and value, and air
shipping weight and value.

District of Export Summary Database

     For each district, data are provided for district of exportation
description, number of records, f.a.s. value, vessel shipping weight
and value, and air shipping weight and value.

Harmonized Commodity Masters, Export Concordance Database

     This file is included to provide the concordances among the various
merchandise trade classification systems, HS Schedule B (with
alphabetical description), SITC code, end-use classification, Standard
Industrial Classification code, and agriculture or non-agriculture
product code.

Harmonized Commodity Masters, Commodity Descriptions

     This file provides the international harmonized Schedule B code at
the two, four, and six digit levels and their descriptions.

Harmonized Commodity Masters, SITC Descriptions

     This file provides the SITC, Revision 3 codes at the 1, 2, 3, 4, and
5 digit levels and their descriptions.

Country Name Database

     This file provides Schedule C country codes and their descriptions
and abbreviations.

District Database

     This file provides customs district codes and their descriptions and
abbreviations.

CDIM(yr-mo) U.S. Imports of Merchandise

     This CD-ROM is produced monthly, approximately sixty days after the
close of the statistical month. Each disc includes current month and
cumulative year- to-date import data. The following files are included
on each disc:

Detail Database

     For each HS commodity by country by district of entry and district
of unlading record, data are provided for country, commodity and
district descriptions, country subcode, rate provision, number of
records, quantity, unit of quantity, general imports and imports for
consumption values (both customs and c.i.f), import charges, vessel
shipping weight and value, and air shipping weight and value.

Commodity Summary Database

     For each HS commodity, data are provided for commodity descriptions,
number of records, quantity, unit of quantity, general imports and
imports for consumption values (both customs and c.i.f), import
charges, vessel shipping weight and value, and air shipping weight and
value.

Country Summary Database

     For each country, data are provided for country descriptions, number
of records, quantity, unit of quantity, general imports and imports for
consumption values (both customs and c.i.f), import charges, vessel
shipping weight and value, and air shipping weight and value.

District of Entry Summary Database

     For each district, data are provided for district of entry
description, number of records, dutiable value, calculated duty,
general imports and imports for consumption values (both customs and
c.i.f), import charges, vessel shipping weight and value, and air
shipping weight and value.

District of Unlading Summary Database

     For each district, data are provided for district of unlading
description, number of records, dutiable value, calculated duty,
general imports and imports for consumption values (both customs and
c.i.f), import charges, vessel shipping weight and value, and air
shipping weight and value.

Harmonized Commodity Masters, Imports Concordance
Database

     This file is included to provide the concordances among the various
merchandise trade classification systems, HTSUSA (with alphabetical
description), SITC code, end-use classification, Standard Industrial
Classification code, and agriculture or non-agriculture product code.

Harmonized Commodity Masters, Commodity Descriptions

     This file provides the international harmonized HTSUSA codes at the
two, four, and six digit levels and their descriptions.

Harmonized Commodity Masters, SITC Descriptions

     This file provides the SITC, Revision 3 codes at the 1, 2, 3, 4, and
5 digit levels and their descriptions.

Country Name Database

     This file provides Schedule C country codes and their descriptions
and abbreviations.

District Database

     This file provides customs district codes and their descriptions and
abbreviations.

U.S. Merchandise Trade Magnetic Tapes

     All of the magnetic tapes below are sold as monthly or annual
subscriptions through the Foreign Trade Division.

IM145 Data Bank U.S. General Imports and Imports for
Consumption

     The tape presents HTSUSA commodity code by country of origin by
customs districts of entry and unlading. It includes the following data
items: type, rate provision, quantity, shipping weight, method of
transportation and separate value data (customs, c.i.f., import
charges, dutiable value, and calculated duty). An annual IA245 is also
available.

EM545 Data Bank U.S. Exports of Domestic and Foreign
Merchandise

     The tape presents Schedule B commodity code by country of
destination by customs district of exportation. It includes the
following data items: quantity, shipping weight, method of
transportation and f.a.s. value data. An annual EA645 is also
available.

EM595 Shipments of Merchandise Between the United
States and Puerto Rico and Shipments from the United States to the
Virgin Islands

     This magnetic tape report contains current month total net quantity,
value information, and value and shipping weight data for vessel and
air shipments for each territory in commodity by customs district
detail. There is also an annual EA695 magnetic tape prepared.

Exports by State/Region/Port Magnetic Tapes

EQ912 U.S. Exports of Domestic and Foreign Merchandise
by State

     This magnetic tape is produced quarterly and presents export data by
State of exportation, by two-digit SIC commodity code, and country of
destination. Data items provided are total value and separate value and
shipping weight for vessel and air shipments, and value and shipping
weight for containerized cargo. An annual tape EA917 is also produced.

EQ932 U.S. Exports of Domestic and Foreign Merchandise
by Region

     This magnetic tape is produced quarterly and presents export data by
region of exportation by four-digit SITC, Revision 3 commodity code, by
customs district and port of exportation, by country of destination.
Data items provided are total value and separate value and shipping
weight for vessel and air shipments, and value and shipping weight for
containerized cargo. An annual tape EA937 is also produced.

EQ952 U.S. Exports of Domestic and Foreign Merchandise
by Port

     This magnetic tape is produced quarterly and presents export data by
State of exportation, by customs district, by port of exportation, by
country of destination. Data items provided are total value and
separate value and shipping weight for vessel and air shipments, and
value and shipping weight for containerized cargo. An annual tape EA957
is also produced.

Transportation Magnetic Tapes

TM380 U.S. Waterborne General Imports and Inbound
Intransit Shipments

	This magnetic tape contains information on regular and intransit 
(through May 1997) waterborne imports presented by type of vessel service 
(liner, tanker, tramp), by U.S. Customs district and port of unlading 
and foreign port of lading by 6-digit HS code (correlated with 5-digit 
SITC commodity code) by country of origin of the merchandise.  Other 
data elements include shipping weight, Customs value, import charges and 
percentage of containerized and noncontainerized cargo by value and by 
shipping weight.  Beginning June 1997, the Census Bureau no longer will 
be responsible for collecting, processing and publishing intransit data.  
For more information, consult the announcement "Census Ceases Publication of Intransit Data".

TM780 U.S. Waterborne Exports and Outbound Intransit
Shipments

     This magnetic tape presents type of vessel service by U.S. customs
port by foreign port by SITC commodity by country of origin (six-digit
HS Schedule B commodity is also provided). The following data items are
provided: shipping weight, f.a.s. value, and percentage of
containerized and noncontainerized cargo. This report also includes
outbound intransit shipments.

TM385	Monthly U.S. Vessel Entrances

Part 1. 	In alphabetical vessel name order.
Part 2.		In Customs district, port and manifest number order.

	This magnetic tape contains information on vessel entrances into U.S. 
Customs districts and ports.  The information is derived from U.S. Customs 
Forms 1400 - "Record of Vessels Engaged in Foreign Trade - Entered on Arrived 
Under Permit to Proceed".  Data elements include date of arrival, manifest 
number, vessel name, first foreign or domestic port entering direct from, 
nationality, type of vessel service, net registered tonnage, gross registered 
tonnage, type of trade (ballast, general or bulk cargo), Army Engineer channel 
code, maximum draft and number of passengers disembarking.

TM785	Monthly U.S. Vessel Clearances

Part 1.		In alphabetical vessel name order.
Part 2.		In Customs district, port and manifest number order.

	This magnetic tape contains information on vessel clearances from U.S. 
Customs districts and ports.  The information is derived form U.S. Customs 
Forms 1401 - "Record of Vessels Engaged in Foreign Trade - Cleared or Granted 
Permit to Proceed".  Data elements include date of clearance, manifest number, 
vessel name, first foreign or domestic port to which vessel cleared direct, 
nationality, type of vessel service, net registered tonnage, gross registered 
tonnage, type of trade (ballast, general or bulk cargo), Army Engineer channel 
code, maximum draft and number of passengers embarking.

 

Other Related Merchandise Trade Data Products and Sources

Trade and Employment Publication

     This quarterly publication, which was started in the first quarter
of 1984, measures the changes in U.S. imports and employment. U.S.
export information was included in the publication beginning with the
first quarter of 1987. The publication is a joint effort of the Bureau
of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of the Census. The Bureau of the
Census produces the publication by combining the employment data
provided by BLS with the import and export data produced at the Bureau
of the Census.

CENDATA(TM)

     CENDATA(TM) is an online data service offering the most
current and widely used facts, specializing in press releases and
information on ordering the latest data products. Foreign Trade
Division puts the entire monthly U.S. Merchandise Trade Press Release
and Supplement on CENDATATM. CENDATATM is made
available through cooperating private vendors, DIALOG and CompuServe,
that provide nationwide access to information supplied by the Census
Bureau through their own long-distance networks. Customers are billed
for time used on the systems, but no extra charge is made for access to
the census data. For additional information, contact Customer Services,
Data User Services Division, Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C.
20233 or call 301-763-4100.

The Economic Bulletin Board

     The Department of Commerce's Economic Bulletin Board (EBB) provides
personal computer users with fast, simple access to economic data and
press releases prepared by the federal government.

     Information on economic growth, inflation, monetary and fiscal
policy, and foreign trade is regularly made available to EBB
subscribers. Foreign Trade data files include:
  1. U.S. Merchandise Trade Press Release and Supplement (FT900).
  2. U.S. Merchandise Trade - 10-digit Harmonized Commodity totals by chapter (quantity, unit of quantity and value only are provided), country totals, and district totals.
     Subscribers pay a low annual registration fee, which provides two
hours of connect time on the EBB; thereafter, a low per-minute charge
accrues. Billing is done quarterly by the National Technical
Information Service (NTIS); for information on instant access to the
EBB, call the NTIS at 703-487-4630.

     For general information about the EBB, dial the EBB HelpLine:
202-482-1986. You can try out the EBB by dialing 202-482-3870 with your
personal computer communications software and entering "Guest"
when prompted for a user ID. Be sure to configure your communications
software to 8-bit words, no parity, and one stop bit.

National Trade Data Bank

     The National Trade Data Bank (NTDB) provides analysts and
policymakers with the best of the trade and export promotion data from
15 federal agencies. Established by the Omnibus Trade and
Competitiveness Act of 1988, the NTDB is the result of the Trade Act's
charge to the Secretary of Commerce and other federal agencies to
assemble economic, demographic, social, and other statistics of the
United States and other countries that are of use to "business firms
that are engaged in export-related activities and to Federal and State
agencies that promote exports."

     The data series in the NTDB include merchandise trade import and
export data from the Bureau of Census; the complete text of the CIA
World Factbook; U.S. international transactions data, and the quarterly
National Income and Product Accounts, prepared by the Bureau of
Economic Analysis; exchange rates, and foreign interest rate data,
compiled by the Federal Reserve Board; international labor and price
statistics, compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; the complete
text of the International Trade Administration's publications
"Understanding U.S. Foreign Trade" and "European Community
1992 Analysis," as well as the data tables from the U.S. Industrial
Outlook; and many other data files, which comprise more than 600
megabytes of information--enough to fill over 1,500 floppy diskettes.

     The NTDB will be continually updated and distributed each month on
one optical disc, known more commonly as a CD-ROM. Each monthly disc
contains the complete data base, and includes user-friendly software
that will make locating, extracting, and printing NTDB data a fast,
simple process.

     The NTDB CD-ROM can be used on an IBM-compatible personal computer
equipped with a minimum of 512K of memory, and ISO 9660 CD-ROM reader,
and the Microsoft CD-ROM DOS extension (version 2.0 or higher). The
NTDB software will support a color monitor and mouse.

     A 12-issue annual subscription to the National Trade Data Bank
CD-ROM is $360, and can be arranged through the National Technical
Information Service (NTIS) at 703-487-4630. Mention the NTIS
publication number PB90-59174LEP. Single copies of the most recent NTDB
CD-ROM are available for $35, and may be ordered from NTIS at
703-487-4650. Mention the NTIS publication number PB90-502345LEP.

     Although the principal means of distribution of the NTDB is through
CD-ROMs, NTDB data may also be obtained on magnetic tape and by
electronic transfer from the NTDB mainframe computer. For more
information on this "NTDB Premium Service," contact NTIS at
703-487-4630.

     For more information on the NTDB, please call the U.S. Department of
Commerce, Office of Business Analysis at 202-482-1986.

HOW TO OBTAIN DATA PRODUCTS

     For information concerning prices, availability, and order forms
please contact:

Trade Data Services Branch
Foreign Trade Division
Bureau of the Census
Washington, D.C. 20233

PHONE 301-457-2242
FAX 301-457-2647

Special Reports and Services

     Foreign Trade Division (FTD) has implemented a number of
improvements which provide quicker and better access to summary and
detail trade data. These advancements include monthly data issued on
compact discs (CD-ROM's) and various databases available in the FTD.
These data sources have provided the means to create customized
responses and special reports for data users and customers for nominal
fees. Please contact FTD at the above address for more details.