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November 2015 Trade Gap is $42.4 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in November 2015 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit decreased from $44.6 billion in October (revised) to $42.4 billion in November, as exports decreased less than imports. The previously published October deficit was $43.9 billion. The goods deficit decreased $2.3 billion from October to $61.3 billion in November. The services surplus decreased $0.1 billion from October to $18.9 billion in November.

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Exports
Exports of goods and services decreased $1.6 billion, or 0.9 percent, in November to $182.2 billion. Exports of goods decreased $1.4 billion and exports of services decreased $0.1 billion.

  • The decrease in exports of goods mainly reflected decreases in other goods ($0.7 billion), in industrial supplies and materials ($0.7 billion), and in consumer goods ($0.6 billion).
  • The decrease in exports of services mainly reflected decreases in transport ($0.1 billion), which includes freight and port services and passenger fares, and in government goods and services ($0.1 billion).

Imports
Imports of goods and services decreased $3.8 billion, or 1.7 percent, in November to $224.6 billion. Imports of goods decreased $3.7 billion and imports of services decreased $0.1 billion.

  • The decrease in imports of goods mainly reflected decreases in consumer goods ($3.0 billion) and in capital goods ($0.6 billion).
  • The decrease in imports of services mainly reflected a decrease in travel (for all purposes including education) ($0.1 billion).

Goods by geographic area (seasonally adjusted, Census basis)

  • The deficit with Mexico decreased from $6.3 billion in October to $5.4 billion in November. Exports decreased $0.9 billion to $18.8 billion and imports decreased $1.8 billion to $24.2 billion.
  • The surplus with members of OPEC increased from $0.4 billion in October to $1.1 billion in November. Exports increased $1.3 billion to $6.5 billion and imports increased $0.6 billion to $5.4 billion.
  • The deficit with Canada increased from $0.4 billion in October to $0.9 billion in November. Exports decreased $0.1 billion to $22.7 billion and imports increased $0.4 billion to $23.5 billion.

For more information, read the full report.

August 2015 Trade Gap is $48.3 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit increased in August 2015 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit increased from $41.8 billion in July (revised) to $48.3 billion in August, as exports decreased and imports increased. The previously published July deficit was $41.9 billion. The goods deficit increased $6.6 billion from July to $67.9 billion in August. The services surplus increased $0.1 billion from July to $19.6 billion in August.

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Exports
Exports of goods and services decreased $3.7 billion, or 2.0 percent, in August to $185.1 billion. Exports of goods decreased $4.1 billion and exports of services increased $0.4 billion.

  • The decrease in exports of goods mainly reflected a decrease in industrial supplies and materials ($2.2 billion).
  • The increase in exports of services mainly reflected increases in financial services ($0.1 billion) and in travel (for all purposes including education) ($0.1 billion).

Imports
Imports of goods and services increased $2.8 billion, or 1.2 percent, in August to $233.4 billion. Imports of goods increased $2.5 billion and imports of services increased $0.3 billion.

  • The increase in imports of goods mainly reflected an increase in consumer goods ($4.0 billion).
  • The increase in imports of services mainly reflected increases in travel (for all purposes including education) ($0.2 billion) and in transport ($0.1 billion), which includes freight and port services and passenger fares.

Goods by geographic area (seasonally adjusted, Census basis)

  • The deficit with China increased from $28.8 billion in July to $32.9 billion in August. Exports decreased $0.6 billion to $9.8 billion and imports increased $3.6 billion to $42.8 billion.
  • The deficit with the European Union increased from $12.4 billion in July to $14.5 billion in August. Exports decreased $0.7 billion to $21.7 billion and imports increased $1.4 billion to $36.2 billion.
  • The deficit with Saudi Arabia decreased from $0.5 billion in July to less than $0.1 billion in August. Exports increased less than $0.1 billion to $1.8 billion and imports decreased $0.4 billion to $1.8 billion.

For more information, read the full report.

BEA’s New Data Tool Provides Fast Access to Trade and Investment Stats for Countries

unwieldlyA new data tool–International Trade and Investment Country Facts Application–on the Bureau of Economic Analysis website gives users a snapshot of statistics on trade and investment between the United States and another country by simply clicking on a world map.

These fast facts at your fingertips can include:

  • Total exports, imports and trade balance between the United States and the country you select.
  • The top five categories of goods and services the United States buys from and sells to that country.
  • Country level data on U.S. direct investment abroad and foreign direct investment in the United States and on the activities of multinational enterprises such as employment and sales.

The country snapshots, or factsheets, also contain charts and can be printed or downloaded to a spreadsheet. The new data tool pulls statistics from BEA’s international data sets on exports, imports, direct investment, and the activities of multinational enterprises into a single easy-to-digest resource. Similar to the BEA’s BEARFACTS regional factsheets for state and regional economic data, the new international factsheets can be used to quickly get up to speed for a business presentation, a news story, or a school research project.

Users select a country from an interactive world map or a searchable menu of countries. The tool generates a country factsheet with graphs and tables showing the latest data on U.S. trade and investment with that country. A PDF of the factsheet is available for easy printing. The tool also provides data tables containing more detailed statistics that can be downloaded in Excel format.

To access the new international data tool, visit http://bea.gov/international/factsheet/. For a video tour of the new data tool, visit https://youtu.be/xgLdKJV-g2g

This new data tool is just one of the ways that BEA is innovating to better measure the 21st Century economy. Some of the trade data used in the new tool comes from the U.S. Census Bureau, another Commerce Department agency, underscoring the how agencies within Commerce work together to make data even more accessible to the American public.

Providing businesses and individuals with new data tools like these – not only deepens their understanding of the U.S. economy – but also fulfills a strategic goal contained in the Commerce Department’s “Open for Business Agenda.” And, that is to make data even more accessible and easier to use.