USDA introduces global trade database
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has introduced an enhanced searchable U.S. trade database for businesses and federal agencies.
The Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS), which replaces the current U.S. trade data system, will provide users with U.S. agricultural data not previously available from the Foreign Agricultural Service, including:
' Customs district trade data.
' Monthly and annual trade data going back to 1967.
' State-level export data.
USDA said users would also be able to use GATS to generate charts and graphs.
“GATS will help exporters and government officials keep up with fluctuations in U.S. agricultural trade,” USDA said. “This information can help formulate marketing and negotiating objectives and strategies.”
GATS includes an online user help manual.