Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment Under Review
The Department of Commerce is accepting comments through Sept. 24 on the proposed extension of form BE-15, Annual Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States. This form is a sample survey that collects financial and operating data covering the operations of U.S. affiliates of foreign parents above a size exemption level, including their balance sheets, income statements, property, plants and equipment, employment and employee compensation, merchandise trade, sales of goods and services, taxes, and research and development activity.
The data from this survey is primarily intended as general purpose statistics and should be readily available to answer any number of research and policy questions related to foreign direct investment in the U.S. Specifically, the data are used to derive universe estimates in non-benchmark years by extrapolating forward similar data reported in the BE-12, Benchmark Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, which is conducted every five years.