Importer / Exporter Trade Data

The International Trade Council tracks freight movements around the world, enabling our members to see exactly what’s happening in international trade.

Bill of Lading Data

During the past few years, the international business community has been working on ways to enable international trade transactions to benefit from the revolution in electronic communications the world has witnessed.

Bills of lading have been used throughout the world to document and effect international trade for centuries. These documents have three legal characteristics that have developed over time:

  • they provide a list of goods carried, including qualities and price
  • they provide evidence of country of origin and manufacture
  • they provide evidence of supplier and customer
  • they act as a receipt of the goods carried
  • they provide evidence of the terms of the contract of carriage
  • they act as a document of title for the goods being delivered

Applicability for Finding New Customers and Suppliers

The International Trade Council’s Bill of Lading database provides organizations with the opportunity to understand:

  • Current market prices
  • Demand 
  • Current buyers
  • Current suppliers
  • Other market trends

There’s no better way to identify suppliers, connect with new customers, and learn about your competitors’ supply chains.

The service is completely free of charge to our members (monthly quantity of exportable data depends on membership level and requests for exported bills of lading must be made manually to your assigned trade commissioner).