USITC DataWeb Upgrade Approaching Finish Line; Agency Seeks Feedback on New Trade Data Request Tool

July 9, 2018
News Release 18-083
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC DataWeb Upgrade Approaching Finish Line; Agency Seeks Feedback on New Trade Data Request Tool

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is in the homestretch of its multi-year effort to rebuild its online DataWeb system and is now seeking feedback from DataWeb users on improvements to the heart of the system – the trade data request tool.

The USITC has launched a beta version of the request tool and is asking users to fully test it, then report their feedback through a link on the beta site.

The USITC is currently testing only the trade data request tool.  Other features of the new DataWeb website, such as the tariff database, tools related to classifications systems, and certain pre-defined trade data reports, will come online as they are finalized.  The current version of the DataWeb will remain fully functional and available during the beta test period.

The beta site can be accessed here: https://datawebbeta.usitc.gov

The upgraded DataWeb has been entirely re-engineered to make it more modern, agile, and ready for future improvements.  It features a more modern interface, with a streamlined presentation and more user-friendly navigation.  The new DataWeb also will be mobile-friendly.

Because the DataWeb has been completely overhauled, users will have to re-create their user IDs and passwords, as well as any information currently saved in DataWeb, including search routines, queries, and commodity/country lists.  However, all information saved in the beta version will translate to the new DataWeb when it is launched.

The beta version of the DataWeb will be available until early September, at which time it will replace the current DataWeb, which will be decommissioned.

Background

The USITC DataWeb is an interactive, self-service, Internet-based system that provides access to extensive tariff and trade data, allowing users to run their own data queries using official U.S. government import and export data.  The data are updated monthly and can be retrieved on a monthly, quarterly, annual, or year-to-date basis and in a number of classification systems, including the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC), or the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). A “Commodity Translation Wizard” translates between these classification systems.  The DataWeb is used by USITC staff as well as staff at various federal government agencies, congressional offices, U.S. trade negotiating groups, U.S. embassies, educational institutions, the U.S. private sector, and numerous private and public entities in other countries.

The USITC is an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency.  The agency investigates and makes determinations in proceedings involving imports claimed to injure a domestic industry or violate U.S. intellectual property rights; provides independent analysis and information on tariffs, trade and competitiveness; and maintains the U.S. tariff schedule.

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