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Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad Under Review

Monday, September 14, 2015
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The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis is accepting through Oct. 14 comments on form BE-11, “Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad.” This form collects financial and operating data covering the operations of U.S. parents and their foreign affiliates, including their balance sheets, income statements, property, plant and equipment, employment and employee compensation, merchandise trade, sales of goods and services, taxes, and research and development activity. It is a sample survey that covers all foreign affiliates above a size exemption level and their U.S. parents. The sample data are used to derive universe estimates in non-benchmark years by extrapolating forward similar data reported on form BE-10, “Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad,” which is conducted every five years. The data are needed to measure the size and economic significance of direct investment abroad, measure changes in such investment and assess its impact on the U.S. and foreign economies.

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