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

France trade gap stood at EUR4.37 billion in March of 2016 from a marginally revised EUR5.15 billion in the preceding month and market expectations of EUR4.40 billion. Year-on-year, exports dropped by 3.9 percent to EUR36.38 billion while imports dropped by 5.2 percent to EUR40.75 billion. In March 2015, trade deficit was at EUR4.96 billion. Balance of Trade in France averaged -1050.11 EUR Million from 1970 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 2674 EUR Million in October of 1997 and a record low of -7093 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
-4368.00 -5115.00 2674.00 -7093.00 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 May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-03-08 07:45 AM Jan €-3.70B €-3.70B €-4.1B € -4.0B
2016-04-07 06:45 AM Feb €-5.18B €-3.91B €-3.8B € -3.6B
2016-05-04 06:45 AM Mar €-4.37B €-5.12B €-4.4B € -2.8B
2016-06-07 06:45 AM Apr €-4.37B € -3.1B
2016-07-07 06:45 AM May € -3.9B
2016-08-08 06:45 AM Jun € -2.8B

France Trade Deficit Narrows in March


France trade gap stood at EUR4.37 billion in March of 2016 from a marginally revised EUR5.15 billion in the preceding month and market expectations of EUR4.40 billion as exports fell less than imports.

Year-on-year, exports dropped by 3.9 percent to EUR36.38 billion. Outbound shipments declined for: automotive products (-4.6 percent),; computer, electronic & optical (-6.2 percent), electrical & household equipment (-4.7 percent), rubber products & plastics (-5.5 percent); ships, trains & bikes (-3.6 percent), agriculture (-2.8 percent), pharmaceuticals (-1.9 percent), metalurgical & metal products (-8.4 percent), textiles & leather (-6.6 percent); wood, paper & cardboard (-8.1 percent); perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products (-0.7 percent), works of arts (-15.5 percent), industrial & agriculture machinery (-9.4 percent) and chemicals (-12.5 percent). In contrast, sales rose for: refined oil (+4.5 percent); jewelry, toys, furniture (+0.5 percent), natural hydrocarbons (+4.5 percent) and aerospace industry products (+2.2 percent).

While sales dropped to the EU countries (-7.7 percent), America (+2.0 percent), Africa (-3.8 percent) and the European countries outside EU (-0.7 percent). In contrast, exports increased to Asia (+1.3 percent) and the Middle East countries (10.1 percent).

Imports declined by 5.2 percent to EUR40.75 billion. Purchases declined for most categories except aerospace and industry products. Inbound shipments of efined oil dropped by14.2 percent), followed by jewelry, toys, furniture (-3.7 percent); computer, electronic & opticals (-6.3 percent), automotive products (-5.4 percent), electrical & household equipment (-7.0 percent), rubber products & plastics (-7.2 percent); ships, trains & bikes (-17.6 percent), agriculture (-5.8 percent), pharmaceuticals (-3.2 percent), metallurgical and metal products (-7.4 percent); textiles & leather (-4.1 percent); wood, paper & cardboard (-5.5 percent); perfumes, cosmetics, cleaning products (-1.4 percent), works of arts (-2.7 percent), industrial & agriculture machinery (-2.0 percent) and chemicals (-3.8 percent). In contrast, imports of aerospace industry products rose 4.5 percent), 

In March 2015, trade deficit was at EUR4.96 billion.

Ministère de l'Économie et des Finances l Rida Husna | rida@tradingeconomics.com
5/4/2016 9:03:43 AM

France Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -4368.00 -5115.00 2674.00 -7093.00 EUR Million [+]
Exports 36379.00 37869.00 39714.00 1165.60 EUR Million [+]
Imports 40747.00 42984.00 44343.00 1151.90 EUR Million [+]
Current Account -1796.00 -4073.00 4784.00 -5982.00 EUR Million [+]
External Debt 5013631.02 5250834.58 6016229.77 1726658.38 USD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -1.40 -1.40 3.40 -2.10 percent [+]
Terms of Trade 115.70 115.50 115.70 89.50 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 1414.00 4402.00 20881.00 -8809.00 EUR Million [+]
Capital Flows 11622.00 -6718.00 59842.00 -48842.00 EUR Million [+]
Remittances 39.00 39.00 87.00 22.00 EUR Million [+]
Gold Reserves 2435.63 2435.54 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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