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

Japan recorded a JPY 153 billion trade surplus in November of 2016, compared to JPY 387 billion deficit a year earlier but lower than market expectations of JPY 227.4 billion surplus. Exports declined 0.4 percent year-on-year, 14th consecutive drop but less than expectations of an 2 percent fall. Imports shrank 8.8 percent compared to forecasts of a 12.6 percent decrease. Balance of Trade in Japan averaged 369.92 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2016, 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)
2016-10-23 11:50 PM Sep ¥498B ¥ -18.7B ¥ 341.8B ¥672B
2016-11-20 11:50 PM Oct ¥496.2B ¥498B ¥615.4B ¥581B
2016-12-18 11:50 PM Nov ¥153B ¥496.2B ¥227.4B ¥520B
2017-01-24 11:50 PM Dec ¥153B ¥270B ¥150B
2017-02-19 11:50 PM Jan
2017-03-21 11:50 PM Feb




Japan Trade Balance Swings to Surplus In November


Japan recorded a JPY 153 billion trade surplus in November of 2016, compared to JPY 387 billion deficit a year earlier but lower than market expectations of JPY 227.4 billion surplus. Exports declined 0.4 percent year-on-year, 14th consecutive drop but less than expectations of an 2 percent fall. Imports shrank 8.8 percent compared to forecasts of a 12.6 percent decrease.

Exports decreased to JPY 5956.5 billion. Sales went down mainly to Thailand (-9.5 percent); Philippines (-6.9 percent); Taiwan (-1.2 percent); India (-1.2 percent); the United States (-1.8 percent). In contrast, exports rose to China (+4.4 percent); South Korea (+11.9 percent); Singapore (-2.8 percent) and Malaysia (+5.9 percent). By product, declines were reported for transport equipment (-4.6 percent), namely cars (-7.4 percent); and manufactured goods (-6.4 percent), namely iron and steel products (-12.1 percent).

Imports went down to JPY 5804 billion. Purchases from China shrank 9.9 percent and those from the United States fell 5.1 percent. By product, mineral fuels accounted the most for the decline (-14.4 percent), namely petroleum (-14.4 percent). Also, imports fell for chemicals (-13.1 percent); manufactured goods (-8.7 percent) and electrical machinery (-9.1 percent). 

Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
12/19/2016 12:17:55 AM



Japan Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 153.00 496.17 1608.67 -2795.04 JPY Billion [+]
Exports 5956.51 5869.90 7681.69 105.08 JPY Billion [+]
Imports 5804.00 5373.73 8047.03 162.06 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account 1415.50 1719.90 3360.40 -1456.10 JPY Billion [+]
Current Account to GDP 2.90 0.50 4.90 -1.00 percent [+]
External Debt 368563.00 364459.00 368563.00 141743.00 JPY Billion [+]
Terms of Trade 103.80 106.30 276.10 83.10 Index Points [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 6090.00 15683.00 44889.00 -3825.00 JPY Hundreds Million [+]
Capital Flows 10875.00 6648.00 52146.00 -26928.00 JPY HML [+]
Tourism Revenues 20522000.00 15218000.00 22081000.00 821000.00 JPY Thousand [+]
Tourist Arrivals 1875400.00 2135900.00 2296500.00 225806.00 [+]
Gold Reserves 765.22 765.20 765.22 753.54 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 January of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
153.00 496.17 1608.67 -2795.04 1963 - 2016 JPY Billion Monthly
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