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Monthly Wholesale Trade

Information for Respondents


The Monthly Wholesale Trade report provides national estimates of monthly sales, inventories, and inventories-to-sales ratios by kind of business for wholesale firms located in the United States (excluding manufacturers’ sales branches and offices). Data from this survey provide business leaders and policymakers with an up-to-date picture of the nation’s economic condition, and are a key element in estimating the quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Ready to Report or Need Assistance?

To report online:

  1. Sign-in with the username and password provided in your letter or email at https://respond.census.gov/mwts.
  2. Report by clicking the “Login” button. You can return to your account over multiple sessions to complete.
  3. For assistance completing this survey, please call the customer help line at 1-800-772-7852, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time or log-in to the Secure Messaging Center.
  4. For survey specific information, please visit our FAQ.

Not the right survey? Please view other survey options at https://bhs.econ.census.gov/bhs.

Respondent Materials

To help you prepare for online reporting, click on the appropriate questionnaire below.

There are two types of questionnaires used. Companies which report for multiple EINs will use the questionnaire with an 'A' in the label. Companies reporting for a single EIN will use the questionnaire with an 'E'.

(All files are in Adobe PDF format and are for informational purposes only)

Historical Forms

Please view all historical Monthly Wholesale Trade forms at the Historic Forms webpage.


Title 13 United States Code (U.S.C.),Sections 131 and 182 authorizes the Census Bureau to conduct this collection and to request your voluntary assistance.

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 "census.gov" domain.
  2. Correspondence sent in the form of a letter or email will contain reporting instructions and a phone 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 network.
  4. Additionally, the upper right corner of the page should display the OMB eight-digit number and expiration date. This number indicates that the OMB has approved the survey and has confirmed there is a need to collect the information. The bottom of the log-in screen should have a link for the “Burden Statement” which also contains the OMB eight-digit number.

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