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NEW: The Manufacturing and International Trade Report



By: Rebecca DeNale On December 18, 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2012 Manufacturing and International Trade Report (MITR) . This new annual report contains manufacturing data on the value of product shipments. The data are published on a … Continue reading

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I do not own a company. How can I register for AESDirect?



By: Eric Gauthier The holidays are fast approaching and you are trying to send one of those new electronic devices to a relative out of the United States. You go to your post office and they tell you that since … Continue reading

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Turkey Time!



By: Stephen Jackson Turkeys are closer than you think! The tradition of Thanksgiving dates back to the early 1600’s and is most notably remembered for 1621 when early Plymouth Colony settlers hosted a three-day feast. On Oct. 3rd 1863 President … Continue reading

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Reporting Gold Dore in the Automated Export System (AES)



By: Byron Raney All that glitters is not necessarily 100% pure gold.  Gold dore is a semi-pure alloy, which is a mixture of different kinds of metals.  How you report gold dore in the Automated Export System (AES) depends on … Continue reading

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Let me check my Calendar…



By: Global Reach Managers How many times have we heard or said this famous phrase? I know for me, it is hard to count the number of calendars I have to look at on a daily basis. Between personal calendars, … Continue reading

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Commodity Spotlight: Diamonds



By: Christine Higgins We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but did you know that the United States imports billions (yes, billions with a B!) of dollars worth of diamonds every year? How many diamonds? The United … Continue reading

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Trade Term: SCAC & IATA



By: Kenny Mayo The Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) code are used to identify the carrier that transports the goods out of the United States. Before selecting a carrier code it is important to … Continue reading

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2014 FTD Customer Service Survey



By: Vecoya Greene It’s that time again! Time for you to tell us how to improve our customer service. The 2014 Foreign Trade Division Customer Service Survey is now available and we would like you to participate. If you used … Continue reading

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Commodity Spotlight: Cotton



By: Mayumi Escalante Cotton swabs, blue jeans, sewing thread, t-shirts, bed sheets. What do these products have in common? They all are made from cotton. The U.S. Census Bureau is the source of detailed export and import statistics on finished … Continue reading

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The Basics of Export Compliance – Summer Webinar Series begins June 10th



By: Josefina Hicho We are pleased to announce that we are hosting free webinars on the basics of export compliance from June 10 through August 26. We collaborated with other government agencies to bring you the latest information on exporting, … Continue reading

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