Detailed Trade Intelligence Through AFI
AFI Import Reports
The AFI Import Reports provide detailed data on imports of food items, including the consignee (the importer, in most cases), country of origin, foreign shipper, arrival date, ship line, point of origin, port of discharge, specific commodity, quantity in a declared unit of measure, and total pounds.
The import reports are provided to subscribers on a monthly basis through the AFI web site. Each report is available in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document File format (PDF) and a Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheet (CSV). AFI Import Reports are available to members for an additional fee and are not included in membership dues. To subscribe, please use the order form link, below.
The following constitute the most frequent questions we receive concerning the import reports.
How is data for the reports collected?
Data is collected by a third-party source directly from bills of lading through a partnership with U.S. Customs Service.
Why do I see a lot of the imports under the consignee "Order" or with ZZZ or XXX in the address?
This is due to the fact that the consignee (importer, order of record) has petitioned to have their name and details stricken from public record for privacy purposes.
I subscribe to other reports (through U.S. Bureau of the Census or similar) and the amount of imports of a particular product doesn't match up.
The data we receive is collected from bills of lading and not from processed duty data with assigned HTS (Harmonized Tariff Schedule) numbers. Therefore, data is sometimes generalized or lumped into wider categories.