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 trade statistics will be made available an average of 35 calendar days after the end of the reference month.
This is approximately one week earlier than 2012! Changes in technology leading to processing improvements have allowed the Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to embark on this aggressive project to accelerate the release.This allows vital economic data to be available to the public approximately 34-36 days after the reference month has ended. The acceleration will allow other government agencies and private industry to incorporate the data sooner for more efficient economic analysis and decision-making!