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U.S. Census: Trade and Exports

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The U.S. Census Bureau is not the only government agency that collects foreign trade data, so this page will list some of those other sites. 


  • Foreign Trade Statistics- This is the Census Bureau's main portal to trade statistics.  It includes information grouped by product, country, state and others.  The Bureau plans to make some changes in 2009 to what and how it collects this information.

  • USA TradeOnline - Includes US merchandise trade data: current and cumulative exports and imports. Use this database to find existing and emerging export markets for products, determine market share of export markets, and monitor trends in specific products, markets and countries. Access Note: You must go to the Maps and Government Information Reference Desk (3rd Floor Bird) during staff hours and ask to be signed in to use this database.

  • UN Comtrade- Produced by the statistics division of the UN, UNCOMTRADE is a repository of merchandise trade statistics reported by over 130 countries. Data is arranged according to five central variables: country, commodity category (referenced using both the "Harmonized System" and the "Standard International Trade Classification"), trading partner country, year and trade flow (import, export or re-export). All values are converted into U.S. Dollars.

  • Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States- Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States (FATUS) is a standard USDA aggregation of several thousand HTS codes into 213 agricultural groups most used by the public.

  • Foreign Agricultural Service's U.S. Trade Internet System - reporting United States international trade statistics on Agricultural, Fish, Forest and Textile Products from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to the present.

Numeric Data Resources

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