In November and December, more than 4 million American businesses, including 160,000 transportation and warehousing businesses, will receive 2012 Economic Census forms. Responses to the questionnaire are required by law (Title 13, U.S. Code), to be returned by February 12, 2013. Every 5 years, the Economic Census develops a comprehensive portrait of American business, from the national to the local level. Timely and accurate data are vital to effective public policy and important to everyone. The U.S. Census Bureau has created a special Web page at business.census.gov to explain the Economic Census, and provide statistics that can be used to assess and grow your business operations.