ALICEWeb data is available on monthly and accumulated periods, from January 1989 until the last closed month. The information is expressed in U.S. dollars FOB (Incoterm Free on Board), and net kg.

They following information is available for queries, both for exports and for imports:

 

. Goods

. Country

. Economic bloc

. State

. City

. Port

. Means of transport

 

The concepts and definitions on the variables available for query in ALICEWeb are as follow:

Exports: corresponds to goods shipped abroad, without expected return.

Imports: corresponds to the entry of goods originating from abroad, without expected return.

Goods: it is everyproduct the object of an export or import. For the purpose of the classification of goods, Brazil has used, since, 1996, the Common Classification of MERCOSUR (NCM), also used by the other countries of the block, based on the Harmonized System description and coding (HS).

Nomenclature of Mercosur (NCM): The NCM is composed of eight digits. The first six follows the Harmonized System (chapter, heading and subheading), and the last two (item and subitem), are created under the definition established between the MERCOSUR countries. The classification of goods in NCM is governed by the General Rules for the Interpretation of the Harmonized System. For more details on the classification of goods in NCM, see Classification of Goods in NCM.

The NCM code has the following structure (example):

NCM Code 0104.10.11: Pure-bred animals, the sheep, pregnant or lactating.

This code is a result of the following developments:

 

Section I LIVE ANIMALS AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS
Chapter 01 Live
Heading 0104 Live sheep and goats
Subheading 0104.10 Sheep
Item 0104.10.1 Pure-bred breeding
Subitem 0104.10.11 Pregnant or lactating

Country of destination (export): for the purpose of dissemination of export statistics, it is the final country of destination known at the time of the customs clearance.

Country of origin (import): for the purpose of disseminating statistics on imports, it is the country where there were grown agricultural products, the minerals were extracted or the goods were manufactured, in whole or in part. In the latter case, the country of origin is that when it was completed the last phase of processing the product adopt its final form (as a concept defined by the Convention of Kyoto).

Economic bloc: the countries are grouped by economic blocks following the concept of geographic regions and international economic agreements. A country may be part of more than one economic bloc.

State producer (Unit of the Federation exporting) - For the purpose of disseminating statistics on exports, is the Unit of the Federation where they were grown agricultural products, minerals extracted or produced the goods manufactured in whole or in part. In the latter case, the state producer is the one which was completed in the last stage of the process of manufacturing the product adopt its final form (the concept of origin).

State (State exporting): for the purpose of disseminating statistics on exports, it is the Unit of the Federation where they were grown agricultural products, minerals were extracted or were produced the manufactured goods, in whole or in part. In the latter case, the state producer is the one which was completed the last stage of the process of manufacturing, when the product adopt its final form (concept of origin).

State (State importing): for statistical purposes it is the state where is situated the tax residence of the importer.

Municipality (city): both in the export and import, data is credited to municipalities headquarters (tax residence) of the companies that performed the transactions.

Means of transport: in exports, it is the method used for the transport of goods from the last place of embarkation to abroad. In imports, it means the form of access for the goods at the first point of entry into national territory. In accordance with the framework of the MERCOSUR countries, Brazil takes the following forms of transport: sea, river, lake, air, postal, railway, road, pipe-conduct, transmission line and own resources.

Port: on exports, it is the port or place where will ocur the effective shipment of goods, or the last place known in the national territory, from where the goods will be shipped abroad. In imports, it is where will the occur the actual landing of the cargo, that is, the first accredited national territory where the goods come from abroad.

Note: for more information on the methodology of foreign trade statistical production adopted by Brazil, see Methodology of Production in Foreign Trade Statistics.