Yearly Archives: 2012

Record Highs for Exports and Imports in March



By: Jeff McHugh For March 2012, the trade deficit in goods and services increased to $51.8 billion from $45.4 billion (revised) in February, as both exports and imports increased to record highs of $186.8 billion and $238.6 billion, respectively.  March … Continue reading

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Who Imported and Who Exported in 2010?



By: Ryan Coleman It’s that time of the year again, the time to release of the Profile of U.S. Importing and Exporting Companies! This year’s release is for 2009-2010. It includes information on importers as well as exporters and it features … Continue reading

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Trade Term: EEI



By: Omari Wooden I have been with the Foreign Trade Division for close to 15 years, which means I know a ton of acronyms that are frequently used in the trade community. Actually, I could have an entire conversation using several … Continue reading

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“The Census Bureau? Wasn’t the Census 2 years ago?”



By: Sean Kline Recently, I had the privilege of working in our Commodity Analysis Branch (CAB) for three months to learn more about the things they do on a regular basis. As part of this assignment, I frequently called members of … Continue reading

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Trade Deficit Decreases in February



By: Janet Freas For February 2012, the trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $46.0 billion from $52.5 billion (revised) in January, as exports increased to a record high of $181.2 billion and imports decreased to $227.2 billion.  February … Continue reading

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Clarification to October 2010 Newsletter – DSP-5 licenses in the AES



By: Omari Wooden Based on the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) section 30.2(a)(1)(iv), any export shipment requiring a U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) license or that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) must … Continue reading

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Changes to the AES Compliance Report Scheduled for April 2012



By: Eric Gauthier In an effort to increase the awareness of the requirement to resolve all AES Fatal Errors, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Division will modify the AES Compliance Rate calculation to include outstanding Fatal Errors. This modification will … Continue reading

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Trade Term: End-Use



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 (also commonly referred to as the Harmonized System), many of the other classifications are … Continue reading

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U.S. Exports of Goods Continue to Grow



One of the primary tools of the National Export Initiative (NEI) is the U.S. merchandise trade statistics captured by the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. Examining the trade statistics provides a business with the information needed to … Continue reading

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Trade Deficit Increases in January



By: Joe Kafchinski For January 2012, the trade deficit in goods and services increased to $52.6 billion from $50.4 billion (revised) in December, as the $4.7 billion increase in imports outpaced the $2.6 billion increase in exports. January imports of $233.4 billion … Continue reading

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