It's time for BEA's benchmark survey of foreign direct investment in the United States, conducted every five years.

The BE-12 is our most comprehensive survey on financial and operating data of U.S. affiliates of foreign multinational enterprises.

  • The survey covers fiscal years ending in 2017.
  • All entities subject to the reporting requirements must file, even if they are not contacted by BEA.
  • Those who would normally file a BE-15 annual survey will file the benchmark survey instead for 2017.
  • Refer to the FAQs below for more about who is required to file.

Federal law protects the confidentiality of the data that companies report.

New BE-12 survey forms for 2017

BE-12 reports for 2017 are due May 31, 2018.

File online here with eFile

Filing during the COVID-19 outbreak

BEA's surveys are used to produce accurate and objective statistics on the U.S. economy. Survey responses covering 2020 are particularly needed to ensure accurate measurement of the U.S. economy during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Because the present situation has temporarily reduced our capacity to send and receive paper mail, we may contact survey respondents via email. We understand that the virus already may have had profound effects on the ability of survey respondents to comply with the surveys. To assist you, we suggest:

  • Use our secure eFile system at or fax to submit completed forms. At present we have limited ability to receive physical copies of completed survey forms, extension requests, or other documents that are mailed or couriered to us.
  • Extensions are available if needed.
  • Provide estimates if necessary. We realize that the data requested in our surveys might be unavailable at this time or access to required records may be limited.

BEA survey staff continue to be available to assist survey respondents.


File by Mail or Fax to (301) 278-9500

BE-12A Survey Form (Fillable - PDF)
Additional foreign parent pages (Fillable - PDF)
Export overflow pages (Fillable - PDF)
Import overflow pages (Fillable - PDF)
BE-12B Survey Form (Fillable - PDF)
Additional foreign parent pages (Fillable - PDF)
BE-12C Survey Form (Fillable - PDF)
Additional foreign parent pages (Fillable - PDF)
BE-12 Supplements (To be used for overflow or in place of supplements on BE-12A, BE-12B, and BE-12C forms)
BE-12 Claim for Not Filing (Fillable - PDF)

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Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

When communicating by email with BEA, please do not include sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in the text or in an unencrypted attachment.

Sensitive PII is information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity, such as a Social Security Number (full or partial).

Any document containing sensitive PII that is attached to an email must be encrypted. Any email received by BEA that contains sensitive PII in the text or in an unencrypted attachment will be blocked and deleted.

If you have any questions, please contact us using the contact information on the survey you are completing.

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