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USA Trade Online

This product can be accessed ONLY in the Lockwood Library.

Special Instructions

The Government Printing Office gave the UB Libraries a login code and password to use USA Trade Online in the Libraries. The UB Libraries are prohibited from divulging this information. Ask a reference librarian in Lockwood Library to sign you into the system.


USA Trade Online provides import and export statistics to and from the U.S.  Measurements cover the value and quantities of traded commodities by Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HS) codes, trading partners, and customs ports. HS codes are an international method of classifying related industries and products by either 2, 4, 6, or 10 digits, 2 being the broadest category and 10 the most specific. For example:

49 Represents printed books, newspapers, and manuscripts.
4901 Represents books, brochures, and similar printed matter
490191 Represents dictionaries, encyclopedias and serial.
4901910020 Represents dictionaries, including thesauruses

Consult two videos, Accessing and Using the Trade Statistics (with USA Trade Online) and   State Exports (with USA Trade Online), for basic instructions about using the database. 

Click here for additional videos that cover export compliance and regulations, reporting electronic export information (EEI), and trade agreements. 

Two sources of background information include the Guide to Foreign Trade Statistics, a comprehensive introduction prepared by the Census Bureau, and International Trade: Government Documents Information, a guide to basic resources prepared by Lockwood Library staff.

Dates Covered

. Annual import and export data for the most recent completed 2 years.
. Annual import and export date for the most recent completed 4 years.
. Annual import and export data for the most current 10 years.
. Monthly import and export data cumulative from January through the most recent month for the current year and the most recent completed year.
. Monthly import and export data for the most recent 2 months.

Print Counterpart

Consult the UB Libraries Catalog for access to printed reports. Information is on CD-ROM since 1991.

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