- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Pound Representation: Pounds represent Gross Weight
Source of data: Ship Manifest
Classification: A commodity can be listed on the Ship Manifest in general terms. For example an import of frozen, headless, shell-on, shrimp can be entered by the exporter as simply frozen seafood.
Omissions: Importers can make a formal request that their imports not be available to anyone but the customs office.
Purpose and Use of Foreign Trade Data: An inside look at who imported what products, when it was imported and the origin of the product.
- Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census
Pound Representation: Pounds represent Net Weight
Source of Data: Entry Declaration.
Classification: By law, a commodity listed on the Entry Declaration is required to completely identify the item being imported into the US. For example, frozen seafood is an illegal description; the shipment must be listed by harmonized codes as frozen, headless, shell-on, shrimp.
No Omission: Every Entry Declaration on every shipment imported into the US is available to the Department of Commerce, No omissions.
Purpose of Census Reports: To provide a clear indication of specific commodities and volume for cumulative total comparisons.