Open Government Blog Post - ITA

Submitted: February 2018
Categories: International Trade Administration (ITA)

Guest blog submitted by: Kimberly Becht, Officer of the Chief Information Officer, ITA

The International Trade Administration (ITA) is a veritable hub of trade data covering everything from raw numbers to in-depth 10-digit NAICS code product level analysis. Making our data publicly available is one more way ITA is helping U.S. businesses export and increasing inward investment into the United States using innovative technologies.

In July 2014, we introduced our Trade Developer Portal with five application programming interface (API) endpoints highlighting trade-related events, market research, trade leads, the locations of domestic and international export assistance centers, and trade news and articles. All our API endpoints are available in a standard JavaScript Object Notation format, meaning they can be integrated easily into any computer system.

ITA iconIn October 2014, we announced the Consolidated Screening List (CSL) as an API endpoint, combining 11 screening lists from the Departments of Commerce, State, and Treasury. In August 2015, we introduced fuzzy searching to the CSL endpoint so users no longer had to have the spelling exactly right and could still find the entity. The CSL endpoint is currently being consumed by almost 300 users monthly, averaging more than 13 million monthly queries. Currently, we are collaborating with several companies to integrate our CSL endpoint into their ordering systems, logistics systems, and customer management systems. No longer will these companies need to manually check to see if their customers are on a screening list, their systems can check automatically for them.

We have increased our available API endpoints to 12, including the customer requested De Minimis endpoint, which provides data about the De Minimis and Value Added Tax (VAT) amounts that products may be subject to when exported to foreign countries. “De Minimis” is the threshold for a product’s value below which no duty or tariff is charged. Products below the De Minimis undergo minimal clearance procedures, such as customs and paperwork requirements. Similarly, the value of the exported products must exceed the VAT amount before it is subject to VAT. This endpoint includes De Minimis and VAT amounts for almost 80 countries in that market’s currency.

We will continue to engage developers by highlighting applications, providing access to our data owners, and soliciting input to help us improve the quality of public data. If you have any questions about the portal or need assistance using our APIs, please let us know.  We are excited to collaborate with you in the next phase of the open data evolution!

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