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CenStats (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
Censtats included data from across programs, including county business patterns, international trade, building permits, and the decennial census. This data tool is not longer avilable, however, all of the data distributed through Censtats remains available on and current programs will continue to publish data online. (U.S. Bureau of the Census)
The U.S. Census Bureau has a new platform for visitors to access its data and digital content. Surveys and programs on the new platform include 2017 Economic Census and 2018 American Community Survey. American FactFinder and DataFerrett will be replaced by this new platform. Starting in June 2019, American FactFinder will have no new data releases. On the new platform, visitors can type in words or phrases in one simple search box or use advanced search by topics, geographies, years, surveys, and industries. Data can be downloaded in CSV format. OnTheMap, MyCongressional District, and many other tools will continue to be available to Census data users. Check out Data Gems for experts' tips and How-to documents about this new microdata analysis system. (U.S. International Trade Administration et al.) is the U.S. government online portal to exporting and trade services, a collaboration of multiple agencies. The portal is aimed at those in the business of exporting, and includes articles and a lot of how-to information. The trade statistics section of the site, at, includes an introduction to trade data and a table outlining the differences between the tools TradeStat Express and USA Trade Online.

FAOSTAT (United Nations. Food and Agricultural Organization)
"FAOSTAT provides access to over 3 million time-series and cross sectional data relating to food and agriculture. FAOSTAT contains data for 200 countries and more than 200 primary products and inputs, just in its core." The FAOSTAT system was overhauled in 2006, with new features released gradually over the course of the year. The updated site relies on a core database which both integrates and serves as a gateway to complementary thematic databases.

Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS) (U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service)
The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service's Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS; formerly the US Trade Internet System) includes international agricultural, fish, forest and textile products trade statistics dating from the inception of the Harmonized coding system in 1989 to present. It includeds national and state level data in monthly, quarterly, annual, and two year frequencies. A menu-based query system allows users to create custom tables, which can be exported in Excel.

Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) (Purdue University, Center for Global Trade Analysis)
The Global Trade Analysis Project provides data, a standard model and software, and training for multi-country computable general equilibrium (CGE) analysis. This page provides access to many of these resources. The GTAP data base contains detailed bilateral trade, transport and protection data characterizing economic linkages among regions, linked together with individual country input-output data bases which account for intersectoral linkages among the 37 sectors within each region. The GTAP data package is available for purchase.

Market Access Database (European Commission)
The Market Access Database is meant to help reduce trade obstacles faced by European exporters. The site carries a freely-accessible "Statistical Database" which provides overview numbers (HTML table or Excel) on trade flows between the EU and non-EU countries; and text reports on Sectoral and Trade Barriers. However, information in the Exporter's Guide and Applied Tariffs sections is restricted to users within the European Union.

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Online Economic Data (National Bureau of Economic Research)
The NBER is a major nonprofit and non-partisan economic research organization. NBER's researchers include over 600 professors of economics and business. The research at NBER concentrates on four types of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals. Data files linked from the NBER data page are organized into the categories of: macro data, industry data, international trade data, individual data, hospital data, patent data and other data. Included may be compressed data files, electronic documentation, and selected SAS, SPSS or STATA data statements. Some of the links are to archives hosted by NBER, while others are to outside archives. Some interesting ones are

  • Occupational Wages Around the World
  • NBER Macro History Database (lots of time series)
  • Manufacturing Industry Productivity Database
  • School District Databook
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey Family Level Extracts

STAT-USA: Links to Sources (University of Central Florida Libraries)
The U.S. Department of Commerce's STAT-USA database, which compiled economic information and data from multiple government sources, ceased operations as of October 1, 2010. The University of Central Florida Libraries has compiled a guide with links to many of the sources that contributed to the contents of STAT-USA.

The Center for International Data (Robert Feenstra)
The Center for International Data is housed at the Department of Economics at the University of California, Davis. It collects, enhances, creates, and disseminates international economic data. Its collection includes U.S. import and export data, U. S. tariff data, world import and export data, and Penn World Tables. Its links page lists other sites for international and U.S. data. Users need to read and agree to its Terms Of Use, before they can download any data.

Trade Data OnLine (Industry Canada)
Trade Data OnLine is part of the web site of Industry Canada, a Canadian governmental department. It provides Canadian and U.S. trade statistics primarily for the benefit of the Canadian business community, including information on the value of imports and domestic exports from/to over 200 countries for over 5,000 commodities (by HS6 codes) and over 500 industries (by Canadian and U.S. SIC codes). The information is presented in report and/or graphic format, and tables can be downloaded as CSV files. A built- in thesaurus helps locate pertinent HS and SIC/NAICS codes.

U.S. Trade Statistics (International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce)
International Trade Administration presents U.S. trade statistics from various online databases. TradeStats Express has national and state trade statistics by market and industry and is updated quarterly. Metropolitan Export Series Database provides annual detailed merchandise export values for U.S. metropolitan areas by 3-digit and 4-digit NAICS codes. State Imports has quarterly state level imports by product and market of origination.

UN Classifications Registry (United Nations Statistics Division)
The Classifications registry keeps updated information on Statistical Classifications maintained by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). Downloadable classifications include International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities(ISIC), Central Product Classification (CPC), Standard International Trade Classification(SITC), Classification by Broad Economic Categories (BEC), Classification of the Functions of Government (COFOG), Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP), Classification of the Purposes of Non-Profit Institutions Serving Households (COPNI), Classification of the Outlays of Producers According to Purpose (COPP) and International Classification of Activities for Time-Use Statistics (ICATUS). Rulings, corrections, interpretations and proposals for future revisions are recorded and can be viewed from the Registry entries link at this site. National Classifications section includes information on national practices in the area of classifications, covering activity and product classifications used in countries around the world.

UNdata (United Nations)
The United Nations is undertaking to bring together many of its various statistical databases under a single interface, at UNdata. UNdata carries 34 databases containing over 60 million records, covering a range of topics including population, industry, energy, trade and national accounts. The databases are accessible either by keyword searching from a single search page, or through a menu of databases. UNdata replaces the UN Common Database, which was discontinued after the December 2007 edition. However, the trade information in Undata does not replace UN COMTRADE, which continues to cover a deeper and more fully-featured set of merchandise statistics.

United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade) (United Nations Statistics Division)
The UN Comtrade database collects annual international trade statistics from over 170 reporting countries per year, covering over 90% of world trade. Statistics are detailed by commodity and partner country, converted into US dollars and metric units, and stored in multiple classification schemes. For many countries the data coverage starts as far back as 1962 and goes up to the most recent completed year. Users have unlimited search access and may download up to 50,000 records per query. (Note: UW-Madison no longer maintains the subscription access that once allowed for larger downloads.)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)
Available in English, Spanish or French, this site provides information on events and meetings, technical cooperation, press releases and reference services, and a whole host of related WWW sites.

USITC Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb (United States International Trade Commission)
The USITC Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb provides U.S. international trade statistics and U.S. tariff data to the public free of charge (free registration required). International trade data are available for years 1989- present on a monthly, quarterly, annual, or year-to-date basis and can be retrieved in a number of classification systems, including the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), or the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Pre-defined reports on international trade statistics are also available by geographic region and partner country.

World Integrated Trade Solution (WITS) (World Bank)

"World Integrated Trade Solutions (WITS) gives access to international trade and protection related data and offers built-in analytical tools allowing users to assess the impact of tariff changes. WITS provide users with capabilities to retrieve and analyze trade and tariff data; convert data between different nomenclatures; customize country and product groups; and download data. WITS also includes a simulation tool to calculate the impact of tariff changes on trade flows (trade creation and diversion), tariff revenues, and consumer welfare using partial equilibrium modeling tools."

WITS works with several collections of trade and tariff data:

  • The UN COMTRADE database maintained by the UNSD (Exports and imports by detailed commodity and partner country) -- download limit of 50,000 records per query
  • The TRAINS database maintained by the UNCTAD (Imports, Tariffs, Para-Tariffs & Non-Tariff Measures at national tariff level)
  • The IDB and CTS databases maintained by the WTO (MFN Applied, Preferential & Bound Tariffs at national tariff level)

A free registration and agreement to terms and conditions is required.

World Trade Organization (WTO) Statistics (World Trade Organization)
The WTO statistics page carries annual international trade statistics in PDF and Excel formats, along with historical time series: aggregated merchandise and commercial services trade by region and selected economies back to 1980, and aggregated worldwide merchandise exports, production and gross domestic product back to 1950.

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