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January 2015 Trade Gap is $41.8 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in January 2015 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit decreased from $45.6 billion in December (revised) to $41.8 billion in January, as imports decreased more than exports. The previously published December deficit was $46.6 billion. The goods deficit decreased $3.4 billion from December to $61.6 billion in January. The services surplus increased $0.5 billion from December to $19.9 billion in January.

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Exports
Exports of goods and services decreased $5.6 billion, or 2.9 percent, in January to $189.4 billion. Exports of goods decreased $5.5 billion and exports of services decreased $0.1 billion.

  • The decrease in exports of goods mostly reflected decreases in industrial supplies and materials ($2.2 billion), in other goods ($1.2 billion), and in foods, feeds, and beverages ($1.1 billion).
  • The decrease in exports of services reflected decreases in transport ($0.2 billion), which includes freight and port services and passenger fares, and in financial services ($0.1 billion) that were partly offset by increases in travel (for all purposes including education) ($0.2 billion) and in other business services ($0.1 billion).

Imports
Imports of goods and services decreased $9.4 billion, or 3.9 percent, in January to $231.2 billion. Imports of goods decreased $8.9 billion and imports of services decreased $0.5 billion.

  • The decrease in imports of goods mostly reflected decreases in industrial supplies and materials ($6.0 billion) and in consumer goods ($2.1 billion).
  • The decrease in imports of services mainly reflected decreases in transport ($0.4 billion) and in travel (for all purposes including education) ($0.2 billion).

Goods by geographic area (seasonally adjusted, Census basis)

  • The goods deficit with Mexico decreased from $5.6 billion in December to $3.9 billion in January. Exports
    increased $0.3 billion to $19.9 billion and imports decreased $1.5 billion to $23.8 billion.
  • The goods deficit with Japan increased from $5.4 billion in December to $6.5 billion in January. Exports
    decreased $0.5 billion to $5.3 billion and imports increased $0.7 billion to $11.8 billion.

For more, see the full report.

October 2014 Trade Gap is $43.4 Billion

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in October 2014 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The deficit decreased from $43.6 billion in September (revised) to $43.4 billion in October, as exports increased more than imports. The previously published September deficit was $43.0 billion. The goods deficit increased less than $0.1 billion from September to $62.7 billion in October. The services surplus increased $0.1 billion from September to $19.2 billion in October.

 

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Exports
Exports of goods and services increased $2.3 billion in October to $197.5 billion, mostly reflecting an increase in exports of goods. Exports of services also increased.

  • The increase in exports of goods mostly reflected an increase in capital goods.
  • The increase in exports of services reflected increases in financial services, in maintenance and repair services, and in charges for the use of intellectual property.

Imports
Imports of goods and services increased $2.1 billion in October to $241.0 billion, mostly reflecting an increase in imports of goods. Imports of services also increased.

  • The increase in imports of goods was more than accounted for by increases in automotive vehicles, parts, and engines and in capital goods. A decrease in consumer goods was partly offsetting.
  • The increase in imports of services mostly reflected an increase in transport, which includes freight and port services and passenger fares.

 Goods by geographic area (seasonally adjusted, Census basis)

  • The goods deficit with China decreased from $31.2 billion in September to $29.6 billion in October. Exports increased $1.6 billion to $11.4 billion and imports decreased $0.1 billion to $40.9 billion.
  • The goods deficit with the European Union decreased from $12.5 billion in September to $11.2 billion in October. Exports increased $0.8 billion to $22.9 billion and imports decreased $0.4 billion to $34.2 billion.
  • The goods deficit with Mexico increased from $4.8 billion in September to $5.4 billion in October. Exports increased $0.2 billion to $20.0 billion and imports increased $0.8 billion to $25.4 billion.

Read the full report.

Detailed Statistics on Trade in Services Coming Soon

With the release of the October edition of the Survey of Current Business, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will publish the most detailed tables on trade in services by type of service and by area and country. These data represent the final product related to the restructuring of BEA’s international accounts, the most sweeping revamp since 1976.

This annual article (U.S. International Services: Trade in Services and Services Supplied Through Affiliates) provides a broad perspective on services provided by and to the United States in international markets by presenting information on both trade in services and services supplied through the channel of direct investment by affiliates of multinational enterprises. This year’s article will feature restructured tables on U.S. exports and imports of services consistent with those released with the international transactions accounts in June. The statistics on services supplied through affiliates will not be restructured but there will be minor changes to the tables to adopt new terminology.

In addition, these tables will be made available for the first time in BEA’s interactive tables.  This gives users the flexibility to customize their own time series rather than relying on static Excel tables. Templates previewing the structure of the tables are available here.

New information on trade by detailed type of service and by area and country will be available under the restructured trade in services tables.  For example:
• Exports and imports of accounting, auditing, and bookkeeping services by area and country
• Exports and imports of construction by area and country
• Exports and imports of architectural and engineering services by area and country

Also, the analysis in the article has expanded to include statistics on services provided to, and received from, nonresidents by U.S. government agencies, both military and nonmilitary, as part of a new category, “government goods and services n.i.e.” (not included elsewhere).  With this change, this article will now provide detailed information on all U.S. trade in services, not just private services.

These changes have aligned U.S. data more closely with updated international guidelines, such as the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual. Keeping up with international guidelines makes it easier for users to compare U.S. data with data from our major trade and investment partners.