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International Trade Statistics Conference Notes

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Morning Session: -- Location: USBC, Conference Room # 3

Data Analysis

  • Presentation: Introduction to International Trade Division (ITD) Course Outline - (STC)
    Presentation Powerpoint Slide 1    Presentation Powerpoint Slide 2

    • Information flows – Exports
      • World Customs Organization (WCO)-> Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) -> ITD (produces HS08 codes)
    • Imports
      • WCO -> CBSA -> Finance -> ITD -> CBSA (publishes tariff)
    • Problems with Flows – Internal
      • Different schedules/versions
      • Last minute changes
      • Import changes can occur any month
      • Staff training required; overtime needed
      • Communication

    Notes and questions: How are invalid codes handled?  USBC has a recode system. Time stamp and monitor clusters. Legislation required at tariff level; not at state level.

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  • Presentation: Imports Harmonized System (HS) Reduction Proposal - (STC)
    Presentation Powerpoint Slide 1     ITD System Roadmap 2008-2009 Final E.doc

    • Difficult to maintain and ensure quality.
    • Low-use codes eliminated.
    • Created time series at statistical level.
    • Project phases:
      • Identify possible codes for deletion; value threshold?
      • Communication with stakeholders; USBC.
      • Resource identification; funding issue.
      • Implementation
    • Considerations:
      • Data exchange.
      • WCO requests (e.g., ozone, chemical, weapons, drugs).
      • Previous data user requests.
      • Current data user purchases; fee for export codes to monitor codes.
      • Criteria? Low value, obsolesce.
    • Stakeholders:
      • CBSA; Finance; Data users; USBC; Importers; Brokers; Import associations; Other government departments.
    • Resources
      • SMO resources.
      • Metadata staff (liaisons).
    • Implementation
      • By 2012?
      • Considerations
        1. Current CBSA/Finance ongoing updates
        2. WCO 2012 changes.

Notes: Importers may know country of destination better than exporters. ABS is looking at advanced cargo reporting, feasible if aligning with U.S. approach. Australian Customs served, enhanced trade solutions 2015 case study. Feeling pressure from Customs/traders to align import and export classifications. Are there any thoughts on data sharing from other countries? Questions-- impact on confidentiality. EU may include clause or revise legislation for purposes of data sharing.

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  • Presentation: Data Reconciliations – Lessons Learned and Benefits - (USBC)
    Presentation Powerpoint Slide

    • When to do reconciliation? When there are significant differences.
    • Measurable value differences agreed upon.
    • Common sources
      • Valuation of goods.
      • Definition of goods traded.
      • Through 3rd country.
      • Geographic coverage.
      • Classification issues.
      • Under counting or reporting.
    • Takes more resources, time, and patience than anticipated.
    • But it is worth doing.
    • Plus side: may point out some deficiencies; betterpolicy making.
    • Minus side: won’t explain all differences.
    • Lessons learned:
      • May be too much reliance on past work.
      • Not many actual mistakes.
      • Must cooperate; have same goals.
      • Never strictly technical exercise.

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Afternoon - U.S. Census Bureau Economic Directorate Picnic

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Created: 30 December 2008
Last modified: 06 July 2015 at 03:19:24 PM