TPIS: U.S. Merchandise Trade Data



United States Census Trade Data: These merchandise data are comprised of U.S. import and export statistics from the Bureau of Census. Commodity trade is classified by two systems: the Tariff Schedule of the United States (TSUSA) and the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The TSUSA system includes trade on a seven-digit commodity classification system reported monthly for the period of 1978 to 1988. The HTSUS system, implemented in 1989, uses a ten-digit commodity classification system also reported monthly. For the period 1983 to 1988, estimated HTSUS trade statistics are also available. Therefore, trade classified under the HTSUS is available from 1983 to the present time. The system is updated monthly - the most current trade figures are about two months old. For example, trade for the month of December is usually available in mid-February.

All of the variables are selected by the user: commodities, flows of trade, time periods, trading partner, and district of entry/exit. Additionally, special shares, growth rates and percentages can be calculated. Users can sort the data to show leading suppliers or customers, or leading products exported to a given trading partner. Tables that are generated by the system can be printed for hard-copy output. Additionally, files can be created and downloaded for use in spreadsheet, database or word processing software.

In addition to the two main commodity classification systems, TSUSA and HTSUS, through use of concordances statistics are also available, in other classification systems and at various digit levels. The other systems are:

  • Standard Industrial Classification of the United States - Revision 2;
  • Standard Industrial Classification of the United States - Revision 3;
  • Standard Industrial Classification of the United States;
  • USDA Nonagricultural/Agricultural Codes; and
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis End-Use Codes.

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