FAQ: How can I find detailed information on imports into the U.S. by company?

 

What if you could monitor the goods and raw materials that any company imports into the U.S. the day it crosses U.S. customs? Country of origin? and even company of origin, supplier’s name? There are websites that track the detailed import/export activity at America’s ports. Every vessel that enters and leaves the United States is required to submit shipping records that document its cargo.

Question:
“I am writing to ask if AmCham has information on the yearly (or quarterly) export values of garment exporting companies to the US? For example, ABC Co Ltd may have an export value of US$15 million in 2013 or US$3 million in Q1/2014. If so, how can we get this information and is it available for purchase? If AmCham does not have this information, could you please advise on an alternative source?”
Answer:
Below are two on-line subscription services where you can get the information you are looking for:
PIERS (Port Import/Export Recording Service – Journal of Commerce)
Markets grow and contract, and shipping records can reveal important trends. The starting point? U.S. customs data, from ocean carrier manifests with complete shipment details. Every day, PIERS converts raw records of U.S. imports and exports into searchable, structured data, letting you locate transactions of interest on shipper, consignee, commodity, origin, destination and more.
  • If daily analysis of trade data is imperative to your business, PIERS has products & solutions for the enterprise user as well –contact us for more information about our iPIERS product and custom vertical solutions.
  • If your business needs the most comprehensive coverage of Latin American and Asian markets, ask about additional coverage of all foreign trade transactions (available separately) from the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, India and Venezuela.

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Import Genius

What if you could monitor the goods and raw materials that any company imports the day it crosses customs? At first glance ImportGenius, a startup out of Arizona, doesn’t sound particularly exciting: It’s a website that tracks the import/export activity at America’s shipping docks. But according to ImportGenius’s Managing Director Ryan Petersen, this is the first service of its kind, and one that has no shortage of potential applications.

Every shipping vessel that enters and leaves the United States is required to submit shipping records that document its cargo. Most of these documents are a matter of public record – you could look up the information yourself if you wanted to. But there are millions of such documents submitted each year, with no searchable index, making the data practically useless.

Until now. ImportGenius has licensed import/export data form a number of sources (along with free sources like US Customs), which is added to a database that is updated daily. For a monthly fee ($99 for standard access, $250 for premium) users can search through the data, allowing them to identify criteria including the class of cargo, the company involved, and the point of origin.