February 12, 2012 8:16 PM Subscribe
Where do customs reporting sites like importgenius.com get the info that's in their database?
posted by PSB to Work & Money (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
importgenius.com is a searchable database of recent customs entries. I can enter my company name and see a teaser of the containers I've imported, what factories they came from, where they were delivered and all sorts of other info on the bill of lading. Of course, I would have to pay to see all the records.
Looking into the US Customs website, it seems like that information is only obtainable via a Freedom of Information Act request form. If there is a searchable government database, I can't find it.
Anybody have any idea how importgenius has access to all these records in a database? I can't imagine they're filing FOIA requests for every entry.