WASHINGTON, DC, US — The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said weekly export sales data will not be published for the next two weeks, with normal reporting resuming on Sept. 15.
Due to unanticipated difficulties with the launch of a new reporting system, the USDA said it was reverting to the legacy system.
“Since the system relies on data submissions by exporters, FAS is working closely with individual exporters to ensure that past, current, and future export sales data are accurate,” said Daniel Whitely, FAS administrator. “Data integrity, credibility, and transparency are top priorities for FAS. The timely and accurate reporting of agricultural export sales data is vital to effectively functioning markets.”
Whitely said the new Export Sales Reporting and Maintenance System is designed to assure data security and availability. It also provides a platform for future enhancements.
“FAS recognizes the impacts of the problems that arose from this rollout,” Whitely said. “Despite the measures taken over many months to transition to the new system, we understand that further action is necessary to ensure credible and accurate data reporting. We are working to resolve the problems and are committed to keeping our stakeholders informed as we do so.”