France Balance of Trade  1970-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

France recorded a trade gap of EUR 4.50 billion in July of 2016, compared to a marginally revised EUR 3.45 billion in June and market expectations of a deficit of EUR 3.7 billion. It was the largest trade deficit since April as exports fell while imports rose. Compared to a month earlier, exports dropped by 0.2 percent to EUR 36.90 billion. Imports increased by 2.4 percent to EUR 41.40 billion. In July 2015, trade deficit was at EUR 3.46 billion. Balance of Trade in France averaged -1068.82 EUR Million from 1970 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 2674 EUR Million in October of 1997 and a record low of -7057 EUR Million in February of 2012. Balance of Trade in France is reported by the Ministère de l'Économie et des Finances.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-4505.00 -3440.00 2674.00 -7057.00 1970 - 2016 EUR Million Monthly
Since 2004, France has been recording trade deficits due the gradual erosion of the export-oriented industry, the appreciation of the EUR and the increasing dependency on imports of energy and manufactured products. In 2015, the biggest trade deficits were recorded with: China, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands and Ireland; while the biggest trade surpluses were recorded with: the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, and Qatar. This page provides the latest reported value for - France Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. France Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-07-07 06:45 AM May €-2.8B €-4.8B €-4.9B € -3.9B
2016-08-05 06:45 AM Jun €-3.4B €-2.7B € -3.9B € -2.8B
2016-09-07 06:45 AM Jul €-4.5B €-3.5B € -3.7B € -3.7B
2016-10-07 06:45 AM Aug €-4.5B € -3.1B
2016-11-07 07:45 AM Sep € -3.3B
2016-12-08 07:45 AM Oct € -3.2B

France Trade Deficit Largest in 3 Months


France recorded a trade gap of EUR 4.50 billion in July of 2016, compared to a marginally revised EUR 3.45 billion in June and market expectations of a deficit of EUR 3.7 billion. It was the largest trade deficit since April as exports fell while imports rose.

Compared to a month earlier, exports dropped by 0.2 percent to EUR 36.90 billion. Outbound shipments declined for: ships, trains and bikes (-15.1 percent), electrical & household equipment (-1.0 percent), agriculture products (-1.0 percent), metallurgical and metal products (-2.2 percent), automotive products (-5.3 percent), aerospace industry products (-1.0 percent) and natural hydrocarbons (-6.7 percent). In contrast, exports went up for: refined oil (+55.6 percent), chemicals (+3.9 percent), industrial and agricultural machinery (+3.4 percent), works of arts (+30.1 percent) and rubber products, plastics, various minerals (+0.1 percent).

Sales decreased to Asia (-2.6 percent) and America (-5.4 percent). In contrast, sales were higher to the EU countries (+0.2 percent), the European countries outside EU (+14.0 percent), the Middle-East countries (+29.6 percent) and Africa (+3.4 percent).  

Imports increased by 2.4  percent to EUR 41.40 billion. Purchases rose for: industrial & agriculture machinery (+0.5 percent), works of arts (+1.6 percent); perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products (+0.8 percent); wood, paper, cardboard (+0.5 percent);  textiles, leather (+0.2 percent), aerospace industry (+28.8 percent) and natural hyrdocarbons (+63.3 percent). In contrast, inbound shipments fell for: refined oil (-21.8 percent), chemicals (-1.5 percent), rubber products, plastics, various minerals (-1.8 percent), pharmaceuticals (-1.0 percent) and ships, trains and bikes (-6.7 percent).

In July 2015, trade deficit was at EUR 3.46 billion.

Ministère de l'Économie et des Finances l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
9/7/2016 1:28:57 PM

France Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -4505.00 -3440.00 2674.00 -7057.00 EUR Million [+]
Exports 36867.00 36858.00 39853.00 1165.60 EUR Million [+]
Imports 41372.00 40298.00 44462.00 1151.90 EUR Million [+]
Current Account -2550.00 -794.00 4784.00 -6120.00 EUR Million [+]
External Debt 4708360.00 4574039.00 4840513.00 3536444.00 EUR Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -1.40 -1.40 3.40 -2.10 percent [+]
Terms of Trade 114.07 113.92 115.70 89.50 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 3775.00 1668.00 20881.00 -8809.00 EUR Million [+]
Capital Flows -2998.00 -7373.00 59842.00 -48842.00 EUR Million [+]
Remittances 39.00 39.00 87.00 22.00 EUR Million [+]
Gold Reserves 2435.76 2435.66 3024.70 2435.38 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 17.00 16.00 58.34 15.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 4.55 4.88 5.41 3.38 [+]
Tourist Arrivals 83800.00 83600.00 83800.00 75000.00 Thousand [+]
Weapons Sales 2013.00 1734.00 4008.00 14.00 USD Million [+]




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