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International Trade Guide

Commerce Research Library Resources

ITA Resources

Exporter Characteristics Database
Tables profiling U.S. exporting companies by product, market, and location within the United States.

Industry Research
Discover the extraction, manufacturing, service and knowledge based industries, sectors and sub-sectors that drive the global economy.

Manufacturing Industry Tracker
Tracks monthly data on U.S. exports, imports, trade balance, industrial production, employment, and producer price index for 21 manufacturing industries and associated subsectors. Data for 2015 forward.

Metropolitan Export Series
Interactive tools and factsheets showing goods exports from more than 380 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).

State Trade Data
Interactive factsheets and databases displaying exports, imports, and other trade-related statistics for all 50 states.

TPIS (Trade Policy Information System)
The TPIS system and web pages repackage trade and macroeconomic statistics from a variety of sources in ways that make it easier to use, combine and analyze data from a variety of publicly available official sources in the U.S. government, the public, and international organizations including, but not limited to, the United Nations (U.N.), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank. Aggregations (country, product or other), rankings, shares and other calculations provided on the TPIS web sites are for informational purposes: the calculations provided on the TPIS system are not attributable to or endorsed by the source providers. To access most of the data users must register for a free account. Accounts are limited to U.S. Government employees.

TradeStats Express 
Provides annual and quarterly data on U.S. goods trade for 2002 forward. Data are available for all countries and selected regions. Product/Industry detail available at NAICS 2,3,4 and HS 2,4 levels.

Other U.S Government Resources

Foreign Trade Statistics (U.S. Census Bureau)
FOREIGN TRADE is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics and responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States. If you're searching for import or export statistics, information on export regulations, commodity classifications, or a host of other trade related topics, this is the place to get the information you need.

GATS (USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Trade System)
GATS includes international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present.

Global Market Finder (U.S. Census Bureau)
Global Market Finder is an interactive tool for finding the biggest export markets by product and destination.

USA Trade Online (U.S Census Bureau)
Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, USA Trade® Online is a dynamic data tool that gives users access to current and cumulative U.S. export and import data with multiple data sets and capabilities.

USITC Dataweb
USITC DataWeb provides U.S. merchandise trade and tariff data in a user-friendly web interface. Trade data for 1989 to the present are available on a monthly, quarterly, annual, or year-to-date basis and can be retrieved using a sophisticated querying tool with features such as user defined country and commodity groups. Users must establish a free account to access this database.

International Organizations

IMF Data
The IMF publishes a range of time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators. Manuals, guides, and other material on statistical practices at the IMF, in member countries, and of the statistical community at large are also available. Of particular interest to researchers in international trade is the IMF's Direction of Trade data.

ITC Trade Map
The International Trade Centre is a joint agency of the WTO and the UN. The Trade Map covers 220 countries and territories and 5300 products of the Harmonized system.

WITS (World Integrated Trade Solution)
This software allows users to access and retrieve information on trade and tariffs. WITS provides access to the following databases.

  • UN Comtrade - Contains merchandise trade exports and imports by detailed commodity and partner country data. Values are recorded in U.S. dollars, along with a variety of quantity measures. The database includes information on more than 170 countries, and features statistics that have been reported to the United Nations since 1962. These statistics and data continue to be recorded according to internationally recognized trade and tariff classifications.
  • UNCTAD Trade Analysis Information System (TRAINS) - Contains information on tariffs and non-tariff measures for more than 160 countries.
  • WTO's Integrated Data Base (IDB) - Contains imports by commodity and partner countries and Most Favored Nation (MFN) applied and, where available, data on preferential tariffs at the most detailed commodity level of the national tariffs.
  • Global Preferential Trade Agreements Database - Provides information on preferential trade agreements (PTAs) around the world, including agreements that have not yet been notified to the World Trade Organization.