BEA Advisory: BEA Releases Prototype Trade in Value Added Statistics

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SUITLAND, Md. – BEA today released prototype trade statistics that show how global supply chains contribute to the production of U.S. exported goods.

Unlike traditional measure of gross exports and imports, the newly released data on Trade in Value Added distinguish between domestic and imported content in U.S. gross exports and trace the value-added contributions of domestic industries to those exports.

For example, in traditional gross trade statistics the export of a car manufactured in the United States would be attributed entirely to the manufacturing sector. These new statistics, however, further break down the exports of car manufacturing to show the various industries that contributed value added to that export, while also reflecting the value of imported parts by source region. For a car, inputs from non-manufacturing industries might include legal services, research and development and power generation.

These new prototype statistics can help answer questions such as:

  • How important is the mining industry’s production in the gross exports of the car manufacturing industry?
  • How much of an industry’s value added is purchased abroad in U.S. gross exports?
  • What industries are most important in the production of car manufacturing’s gross exports?
  • How dependent is an industry on foreign supply chains in the production of their gross exports?

These new statistics mark the first milestone in this measurement project, which was done in collaboration with the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation. An in-depth review of the data, providing an analysis of the TiVA statistics and trends will be published in a subsequent white paper.