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Trade Term: End-Use

Posted By Global Reach Daniel On March 21, 2012 @ 3:59 pm In Trade Terms | 1 Comment

By: Terri Long

The Foreign Trade Division references several different commodity classifications throughout its products and services. While most exporters are familiar with the Schedule B statistical classification [1] (also commonly referred to as the Harmonized System), many of the other classifications are not as widely known.

End-use is a commodity classification system that identifies merchandise based on principal use rather than the physical characteristics of the merchandise. There are six principal categories:

  • Foods, Feeds & Beverages
  • Industrial Supplies
  • Capital Goods
  • Automotive Vehicles, etc.
  • Consumer Goods
  • Other Goods

A passenger car, for example, would be classified under the Automotive Vehicles category.

End-use codes are assigned by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and used in developing seasonally adjusted and constant dollar totals. Exhibit Six [2] of the U.S. International Trade in Goods & Services Report (FT900) [3]reports the Exports and Imports of Goods by Principal End-Use Category published on a monthly and year-to-date basis. At the Foreign Trade Division, we produce a graph of U.S. Trade by End-Use each month: Click here [4]


For more information about End-Use or other commodity classifications, please visit the Guide to Foreign Trade Statistics [6]. You can also find End-use and other trade terms in our Definitions [7] page.

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#1 Comment By Jim Dickeson On March 21, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

Not to be confused with the End Use export controls of the Bureau of Industry and Securty, 15 CFR 744.

Jim Dickeson

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URLs in this post:

[1] Schedule B statistical classification: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/schedules/b/

[2] Exhibit Six: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/current_press_release/exh6.pdf

[3] U.S. International Trade in Goods & Services Report (FT900) : http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/current_press_release/

[4] Click here: http://globalreach.blogs.census.gov../files/2012/03/3-21-2012-3-23-13-PM1.jpg

[5] Image: http://globalreach.blogs.census.gov/files/2012/03/enduse-snag-file.jpg

[6] Guide to Foreign Trade Statistics: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/guide/sec2.html#classification

[7] Definitions: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/reference/definitions/index.html