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Institute for Workplace Studies-----------------Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor--------------------Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


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United States International Trade Commission (USITC)

Staff Working Papers


A Note on U.S. Trade Statistics

August 22, 2014

[full-text, 5 pages]


This note, prepared by the staff of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), is

intended to help the public understand the most widely cited figures on the U.S. merchandise trade

balance. It begins with a definition of the underlying trade flows and proceeds to a discussion of the

resulting balances. This note relies entirely on official U.S. trade data generated by the U.S. Census

Bureau (Census).1 Census provides two measures of goods imports and two measures of goods exports.

The USITC’s Data Web makes these measures, along with corresponding trade balance calculations,

available free to the public.2


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