Japan Balance of Trade  1963-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Japan recorded a JPY 813.4 billion trade surplus in February of 2017, higher than a JPY 235.5 billion surplus a year earlier and slightly below market expectations of JPY 822 billion. Exports jumped 11.3 percent year-on-year, better than expectations of a 10.6 percent rise and the biggest gain since January of 2015, boosted by sales to China. Imports increased 1.2 percent, also higher than forecasts of a 0.6 percent gain, mainly due to oil. Balance of Trade in Japan averaged 368.44 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 1608.67 JPY Billion in September of 2007 and a record low of -2795.04 JPY Billion in January of 2014.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-01-24 11:50 PM Dec ¥641.4B ¥153B ¥270B ¥150B
2017-02-19 11:50 PM Jan ¥-1087B ¥641.4B ¥-636.8B ¥550B
2017-03-21 11:50 PM Feb ¥813.4B ¥-1087B ¥822B ¥800B
2017-04-19 11:50 PM Mar ¥813.4B
2017-05-22 11:50 PM Apr
2017-06-19 11:50 PM May




Japan Trade Surplus Jumps 245% YoY In February


Japan recorded a JPY 813.4 billion trade surplus in February of 2017, higher than a JPY 235.5 billion surplus a year earlier and slightly below market expectations of JPY 822 billion. Exports jumped 11.3 percent year-on-year, better than expectations of a 10.6 percent rise and the biggest gain since January of 2015, boosted by sales to China. Imports increased 1.2 percent, also higher than forecasts of a 0.6 percent gain, mainly due to oil.

Exports reached JPY 6346.5 billion, boosted by sales of machinery (16.6 percent), electrical machinery (13.5 percent), chemicals (16.4 percent), parts of motor vehicles (21.8 percent), manufactured goods (6.7 percent) and scientific and optical instruments (23.4 percent). Shipments increased to the US (0.4 percent) and China (28.2 percent).
 
Imports came in at JPY 5533.1 billion, mainly due to mineral fuels (38.1 percent), namely petroleum (69.9 percent). Purchases from main partners decreased: China (-17.7 percent), Western Europe (-7.7 percent), the US (-0.7 percent) and ASEAN countries (-1.5 percent) but rose from the Middle East (46.4 percent).

Ministry of Finance l Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/22/2017 12:21:24 AM



Japan Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 813.40 -1086.90 1608.67 -2795.04 JPY Billion [+]
Exports 6346.50 5421.95 7681.69 105.08 JPY Billion [+]
Imports 5533.11 6508.82 8047.03 162.06 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account 66.00 1112.00 3360.40 -1456.10 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account to GDP 2.90 0.50 4.90 -1.00 percent [+]
External Debt 399002.00 399002.00 399002.00 141743.00 JPY Billion [+]
Terms of Trade 102.30 103.50 276.10 83.10 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 11110.00 21030.00 44889.00 -3825.00 JPY Hundreds Million [+]
Capital Flows -15586.00 3697.00 52146.00 -26928.00 JPY HML [+]
Tourism Revenues 15013000.00 17085000.00 22081000.00 821000.00 JPY Thousand [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2035800.00 2295700.00 2296500.00 225806.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 765.20 765.20 765.20 753.54 Tonnes [+]
Terrorism Index 2.45 0.00 2.52 0.00 [+]
Crude Oil Production 4.00 4.00 13.00 4.00 BBL/D/1K [+]



Japan Balance of Trade Notes

Between 1980 and 2010 Japan had been recording trade surpluses every year due to rising exports. But since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, trade balance swing to deficit due to the weakening of the Japanese yen and increased purchases of fossil fuels and gas. In 2015, trade gap fell 77.9 percent from a record high deficit in the previous year, helped by plunge in oil prices. In 2015, the biggest trade surpluses were recorded with: United States, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore. The biggest trade deficits were recorded with: China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Malaysia. This page provides - Japan Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Japan Balance of Trade - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
813.40 -1086.90 1608.67 -2795.04 1963 - 2017 JPY Billion Monthly
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