The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) web site includes several resources
useful for international economic research, as well as country & regional
economic data. The Handbook
of International Economic Statistics provides economic statistical data
and analysis on countries and regions of the world. The World Factbook includes
country profiles, reference maps and other helpful resources. The Publications & Reports
web page provides links to a number of unclassified CIA publications and reports.
Export-Import Bank of the United States.
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is an independent
U.S. Government agency that helps finance the overseas sales of U.S. goods
and services. Resources
available on the web site include: news and information updates; press releases;
annual conference information - available in print form & multimedia; Economic
Impact Notices; small business information; product information on loans, guarantees,
insurance, credit reviews and
compliance, and claims. Other resources available are: forms and publications,
handbooks, annual reports; and customer service information; and related links.
Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
The Federal Reserve System web site provides an extensive number
of resources highly useful for obtaining economic and financial information.
Internet resource pages available on
the Federal Reserve web site provides access to Breaking Financial News, and
news involving the Federal Reserve System, Press Releases, Testimony and Speeches,
Monetary Policy, Banking System
information, Payment Systems resources, Regulation and Supervision, Economic
Research and Data, Consumer Information, Reporting Forms, as well as Publications
and Education Resources. The
web site also includes a search engine.
The Publications and Education Resources link includes: Economic Research and Data;
Reports to Congress; Index of Federal Reserve Economic Research (from the Federal Reserve Bank
of San Francisco); etc. The Economic Research and Data link includes: working papers, surveys
and reports (Survey of Small Business Finances, Survey of Consumer Finances); Statistics
including the Releases and Historical Data (interest rates, bank data, exchange rates, etc);
Federal Reserve Bulletin articles from 1997; etc.
Each of the bank branches
has relevant information. There are many branches including: Boston, New York, Philadelphia,
Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, San
Francisco, and the main Board in Washington, D.C. Each of the office has specific regional
issues and some focus on particular areas. For example the Dallas office has the Center for
Latin American Economics with relevant publications and data while the St. Louis office has
a strong historical banking statistics area.
Federal Digital System--FDsys (GPO).
FDsys is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that
provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products
produced by the Federal
Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published
version and the information and can be used
without restriction, unless
specifically noted. FDsys provides access to publications and resources
within the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government. In addition,
there is also access
to regulatory resources, administrative decisions, historical documents, catalog
of U.S. government publications, an Online Bookstore, as well as links to federal
web sites, databases,
and other finding aids. Publications of particular interest include: Economic
(from 1995), Economic Report of the President (from 1995), Federal
Register (from 1994),
Congressional Record, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, current
and past budgets.
General Accounting Office (GAO).
GAO examines the use of public funds, evaluates federal programs
and activities, and provides analyses, options, recommendations, and other
assistance to help the Congress
make effective oversight, policy, and funding decisions. The GAO is responsible
for conducting financial audits, program reviews and evaluations, analyses,
legal opinions, investigations,
and other services. The resources available on the GAO web site provides daily
updated news regarding legal decisions and opinions related to the federal
government, GAO Reports, GAO
Legal Products, and other publications. Most reports are available in .PDF format
and there is good historical coverage. They are browsable by Topic, Agency,
and Date as well as keyword
Market Access and Compliance (MAC), International Trade Administration, U.S. Department
Market Access and Compliance (MAC) identifies and overcomes trade barriers,
resolves trade policy issues, and ensures that our trading partners fully meet their
obligations under our trade agreements. MAC ensures access to world markets for American
companies and workers so they can compete on a "level playing field."
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
The USTR serves as the chief trade negotiator and principal trade
policy adviser to the President. The USTR web site provides access to U.S.
trade reports and information
covering: Monitoring and Enforcement of U.S. trade policy; Trade & Development;
Sector information & reports; WTO & Multilateral Affairs; World Regions
information; and Trade
& the Environment. Also include the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)
which is a program designed to promote economic growth in the developing world,
duty-free entry for more than 4,650 products from 144 designated beneficiary
countries and territories. Publications include: Import Statistics Relating
to Competitive Need Limitations
and U.S. Generalized System of Preferences Guidebook.
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
OPIC's mission is to mobilize and facilitate the participation of
United States private capital and skills in the economic and social development
of less developed countries
and regions, as well as assist countries in transition from non-market to market
economies. OPIC accomplishes this mission by assisting U.S. investors through
four principal activities
designed to promote overseas investment and reduce the associated risks which
consist of: (1.) Insuring and; (2) Financing overseas business investments;
(3.) Financing private investment
funds that provide equity to businesses overseas and; (4.) Promoting the interests
of the American business community overseas. Resources available on OPIC's
web page include:
Insurance, Finance and Funds information, Investor's Information Links, Publications
Development Report and Press information, Small Business Center, search
engine, and other helpful resources.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The U.S. AID is a government agency responsible for providing U.S. economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide. The resources available on this web site include U.S. AID News, links to U.S. AID development program homepages, Press Information & Speeches, U.S. AID publications, Country Information resources, and links to U.S. AID
Featured Reports, informational summaries, and multimedia resources. The Country Locator feature gives general country information as well as specific Program information, contacts, and external links for specific countries. Web site also in Spanish.
U.S. Department of Commerce.
The U.S. Department of Commerce mission is to encourage, serve, and promote the
nation's international trade, economic growth, and technological development. The department
offers assistance and information to increase the nation's competitiveness within the global
economy; administers programs to prevent unfair foreign trade competition; provides economic
and social statistics analyses for business and government planners; provides research support
for the increased use scientific, engineering and technological development. The Department of
Commerce has a number of agencies within the department that cover the responsibilities cited
above. Some of the key sources of information related to international commerce and trade are
listed below. Each homepage provides a wealth of information like publications and data for
a variety of users.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created by President
George Bush in 2002. Many of the parts of DHS came from other government agencies.
One of which was the
U.S. Customs Service & Border Protection. Originally, the U.S. Customs Service was a part of
the Treasury Department and has been in existence since the founding of the
United States. Most of the
data for Customs is related to trade traffic come in and out of the U.S. ports
and other entry points. Import
data includes cargo
summary, duty rates, carriers, etc. Export data includes the Automated Export
U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
The BLS has data for Import/Export Price Indexes as part of the International Price Program (IPP). This contains data on changes in the prices of nonmilitary goods and services traded between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Monthly release includes information on: U.S. Import Price Indexes, by End Use; U.S. Export Price Indexes, by End Use; U.S. Import Price Indexes, by NAICS; U.S. Export Price Indexes, by NAICS; Import Price Indexes, by Harmonized System; U.S. Export Price Indexes, by Harmonized System; U.S. Import Price Indexes, by Locality of Origin; and U.S. International Price Indexes for Selected Transportation Services.
U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State is responsible for advising the President of the
U.S. in formulating and executing foreign policy and promotes long-range strategy and the
well being of the U.S. The department also determines and analyzes facts and circumstances
relating to U.S. foreign interests, and makes recommendations on policy and future action,
as well as implementing established U.S. policies. Within the State Department there are
designated offices and functions that promote and assist U.S. commercial interest abroad.
The Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs coordinates State Department advocacy on behalf
of U.S. businesses and offers problem-solving assistance in opening markets, leveling the
playing field, and resolving trade and investment disputes. The Country Commercial Guides
present a comprehensive look at countries' commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis.
U.S. Department of Treasury.
The U.S. Department of Treasury performs four basic functions: formulating
and recommending economic, financial, tax, and fiscal policies; serving as
the financial agent for the U.S. Government; enforcing the law; and manufacturing coins and currency.
Treasury Department sources covering international and trade issues available
on the web site include the International Topics homepage and the Office of International Affairs. The
Treasury Department homepage allows access to News, Key Topics homepages, Press
Room information (reports and press releases), other department reports and publications, and
a web site search engine. Web site is also in Spanish.
U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency's mission is to promote economic development in, and simultaneously export U.S. goods and services to developing and middle income nations worldwide. The agency's web site provides access to news & events, agency studies and projects, region and sector information, the library homepage, as well as links to other resources. The U.S. Business link has information targeted to U.S. exporters.
This website is designed for American firms and individuals looking to find out about expanding overseas. It includes assistance information in finding Opportunities by industry and country as well as events and leads. There are also Trade Data & Analysis (see Solutions) and Market Research (see Opportunities). It also includes the Trade Compliance Center which also includes Trade Agreements. The site is managed by International Trade Administration in collaboration with several other government agencies.
Industry, Trade & Technology Review. U.S. International Trade Commission.
A quarterly published between 1994 and 2005 analyzed factors affecting U.S. manufacturing and services industries and provided deeper analysis and insight into their
Maritime Administration - Department of Transportation
The data and statistics provided are for waterborne traffic only.
The World Factbook. Washington, D.C.: Central Intelligence Agency, 1981- .
LC Call Number: G122 .U56a
LC Catalog Record: 81641760
Published since 1975 (different title), the Factbook includes information on Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, Transnational Issues for all countries as well as maps and helpful Appendixes. Versions from 2000 forward are available in the Publications area of the CIA web site.
Trade Statistics. International Trade Administration,U.S. Dept. of Commerce.
Provides statistical data on international trade in goods and services; export data on small and medium-sized enterprises; sub-national trade and manufacturing statistics by state and by industry.
TradeStats is a data tool produced by the International Trade Administration. National Trade Data includes U.S. merchandise exports, imports, trade balances while there is also State Export Data. Some data may go back to the late 1980's. The data is quite detailed but may not to the lowest level.
Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The data and statistics provided are for waterborne traffic only.
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