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President William J. Clinton Speaking at the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Event at the United States Chamber of CommerceTrade and commerce are a vital component of the modern world, both in terms of national economics and international relations. Data and statistics play a fundamental role in the study of trade.

To effectively research trade, some time may need to be spent learning the subject's specific terminology. For instance:

- NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) - classifies a business establishment (a single physical location where business is conducted, like a warehouse, movie theater, or store) for the purposes of collecting statistical data.

- HS (Harmonized System) - an international standard code comprising 5,000 commodity groups.

Good resources for beginning this terminology research include the U.S. Census Bureau, the World Customs Organization, and the Business Roundtable's The Language and Benefits of Trade.

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Photograph of President William J. Clinton Speaking at the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Event at the United States Chamber of Commerce from the National Archives series: Photographs Relating to the Clinton Administration, 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001 (photographer: Sharon Farmer).