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USDA launches trade database

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has launched an enhanced U.S. foreign agricultural trade searchable database called the Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS).

The GATS database, which replaces the current U.S. trade data system, will provide users with U.S. agricultural data not previously available from FAS, including U.S. Customs District trade data, monthly and annual trade data going back to 1967 and U.S. state export data. Users will also be able to use GATS to produce charts and graphs.

GATS is designed to help exporters and government officials keep up with fluctuations in U.S. agricultural trade. This information can help formulate marketing and negotiating objectives and strategies. Policy makers, program administrators, farmers, exporters, food aid organizations and others will be able to use this information to plan activities and make decisions.

GATS may be accessed at http://www.fas.usda.gov/gats and includes an on-line user help manual. In addition, users may e-mail questions to GATSHelp@fas.usda.gov.

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