Yearly Archives: 2012

United States Postal Service Exemption Codes



By: Thomas White Do you have a holiday package you need to ship out of the country? We have received many calls from customers using the United States Postal Service (USPS) website. When you visit the USPS.com, it gives several … Continue reading

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Deficit Balance Increased as Exports and Imports Decreased in October 2012



By: Lam Nguyen Overall, the deficit of goods and services is up $1.9 billion from $40.3 billion in September (revised) to $42.2 billion in October. Specifically, exports decreased $6.8 billion from $187.3 billion in September (revised) to $180.5 billion in … Continue reading

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Nature Strikes Again. What Does That Mean for Trade?



By: Stephen Jackson It is incredible to see the impact that a single storm can make on an area. What might be just as impressive is the immediate effect it can have on Trade. It will inevitably take some time … Continue reading

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Trade Term: Harmonized System



By: John Sperry Though I joined the Foreign Trade Division in July, I still find myself exposed to new trade terms. During my first assignment to learn how to use USA Trade Online (UTO), I was introduced to this month’s … Continue reading

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Getting Your Trade Data Sooner!!!



By: Melissa Scott The U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division is pleased to announce that you will be getting your trade data sooner! Beginning in March 2013 with the January 2013 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services (FT-900) report, monthly … Continue reading

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Record High Exports in September



By: Lam Nguyen Overall, the deficit of goods and services is down from $43.8 billion (-$2.3 billion) in August (revised) to $41.5 billion in September. Specifically, exports increased from $181.4 billion (+$5.6 billion) in August (revised) to $187.0 billion in … Continue reading

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Smashing Pumpkins



By the United States Council for International Business The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Tour de France bicycle racers, NBC Sports – even the rock band Smashing Pumpkins: all have used an ATA Carnet when shipping valuable equipment overseas. And so … Continue reading

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Trade Term: Schedule B



By: Bibi Khan You went to mail a shipment and your carrier asked you to provide them a Schedule B number. What is that? A Schedule B number is a 10-digit number used in the United States to classify physical … Continue reading

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Survey Says…



By: Stephen Jackson Tell Us What You Think! Just a few weeks ago we sent out the 2012 Foreign Trade Division Customer Service Survey. Through this survey, we find out what you think about our customer support tools and services. … Continue reading

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Imports and Exports Decrease Slightly in August



By: Sean Kline As some of our most ardent followers probably know already, we just released our August trade statistics.  The numbers indicate that the deficit in goods and services increased from $42.5 billion (revised numbers for July) to $44.2 billion … Continue reading

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