U.S. International Transactions by Type of Transaction: 1970 to 2006

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 1258):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 94 rows and 44 columns.

In millions of dollars. Minus sign (-) indicates debits. For information about the methodology, see “The Balance of Payments of the United States” at


  1. Credits, +: Exports of goods and services and income receipts; unilateral
    current transfers to the United States; capital account transactions receipts;
    financial inflows-increase in foreign-owned assets (U.S. liabilities) or
    decrease in U.S.-owned assets (U.S. claims).
    Debits, -: Imports of goods and services and income payments; unilateral
    current transfers to foreigners; capital account transactions payments; financial
    outflows-decrease in foreign-owned assets (U.S. liabilities) or increase in
    U.S.-owned assets (U.S. claims).
  2. Excludes exports of goods under U.S. military agency sales contracts
    identified in Census export documents, excludes imports of goods under
    direct defense expenditures identified in Census import documents, and
    reflects various other adjustments (for valuation, coverage, and timing) of
    Census statistics to balance of payments basis; see table 2.
  3. Includes some goods: Mainly military equipment in line 5; major equipment,
    other materials, supplies, and petroleum products purchased abroad by
    U.S. military agencies in line 22; and fuels purchased by airline and steamship
    operators in lines 8 and 25.
  4. Includes transfers of goods and services under U.S. military grant programs.
  5. Beginning in 1982, these lines are presented on a gross basis. The definition
    of exports is revised to exclude U.S. parents’ payments to foreign affiliates
    and to include U.S. affiliates’ receipts from foreign parents. The definition of
    imports is revised to include U.S. parents’ payments to foreign affiliates and to
    exclude U.S. affiliates’ receipts from foreign parents.
  6. Beginning in 1982, the “other transfers” component includes taxes paid
    by U.S. private residents to foreign governments and taxes paid by private
    nonresidents to the U.S. Government.
  7. At the present time, all U.S. Treasury-owned gold is held in the United
  8. Includes sales of foreign obligations to foreigners.
  9. Consists of bills, certificates, marketable bonds and notes, and nonmarketable
    convertible and nonconvertible bonds and notes.
  10. Consists of U.S. Treasury and Export-Import Bank obligations, not
    included elsewhere, and of debt securities of U.S. Government corporations
    and agencies.
  11. Includes, primarily, U.S. Government liabilities associated with military
    agency sales contracts and other transactions arranged with or through
    foreign official agencies; see table 5.
  12. Consists of investments in U.S. corporate stocks and in debt securities
    of private corporations and State and local governments.
  13. Conceptually, the sum of “Capital account transactions, net” and “Balance on current account” is equal to “net lending or
    net borrowing” in the national income and product accounts (NIPAs). However,
    the foreign transactions account in the NIPAs (a) includes adjustments
    to the international transactions accounts for the treatment of gold, (b)
    includes adjustments for the different geographical treatment of transactions
    with U.S. territories and Puerto Rico, and © includes services furnished without
    payment by financial pension plans except life insurance carriers and private
    noninsured pension plans.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.