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Census Bureau Exports

As noted before, it is the U.S. Census Bureau rather than USDA that keeps the official count of grain, soybean and soy product exports. USDA’s FGIS keeps a tab on the volume of grain and soybeans inspected for export each week, and its FAS operates its export sales reporting system. The latter requires exporters to report sales and shipments each week, including for soy products, and it keeps a running tally on export shipments through each crop cycle. The combined USDA data provides timely ways to follow the pace of export shipments, but it is the monthly report on international trade from the Census Bureau, which is based on customs clearance data, that provides the official numbers. There is usually some variation among the export...

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