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Collection of US Foreign Commerce and Trade Statisticsa

Information on exports of merchandise from the United States to all countries, except Canada, is compiled from copies of Shipper’s Export Declarations (SEDs) and SED data from qualified exporters, forwarders, or carriers. Copies of SEDs are required by law to be filed with customs officials at the port of export. Information on US imports of merchandise is compiled primarily from automated data submitted through the US Customs Automated Commercial System. Data are compiled also from import entry summary forms, warehouse withdrawal forms, and Foreign Trade Zone documents as required to be filed with the US Customs and Border Protection Service.


See Guide to Foreign Trade Statistics, Foreign Trade Division, US Census Bureau,

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Project Atlasa

One recent project, The Atlas of Student Mobility, illustrates how data on international students can be effectively collated and presented. The atlas synthesizes information from 21 main destination countries and 75 countries of origin by combining publicly available data for the year 2000 from an array of sources. In the first section of the atlas, data on the international student body in each destination country are presented. This includes a map indicating main countries of origin, a pie chart on the economic status of these countries, and a table of leading places of origin for enrolled international students. In the second part of the atlas, each country of origin is analyzed with respect to where its internationally mobile students are enrolled, its higher-education system, and information on relative wealth, government form, and religion. A third section takes a brief look at factors that influence a country’s student mobility, taking into account such factors as the human development index, life expectancy, urbanization, civil liberties, and freedom of the press.


Todd M. Davis. 2003. Atlas of Student Mobility. New York: Institute for International Education.

levels, mobility of postdoctoral scholars, career opportunities in different countries, and impact of mobility on workforce productivity. To obtain compatible international data on those issues, systems to capture data on student and postdoctoral-scholar mobility will need to be implemented and harmonized between countries.

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