United States Balance of Trade  1950-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The trade gap in the United States declined to USD 39.47 billion in July of 2016 from an upwardly revised USD 44.66 billion deficit in the previous month and below market expectations of a USD 42.7 billion shortfall. Imports declined 0.8 percent while exports rose 1.9 percent to the highest level since September 2015. Balance of Trade in the United States averaged -13382.68 USD Million from 1950 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 1946 USD Million in June of 1975 and a record low of -67823 USD Million in August of 2006. Balance of Trade in the United States is reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-39474.00 -44655.00 1946.00 -67823.00 1950 - 2016 USD Million Monthly
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The United States has been running consistent trade deficits since 1976 due to high imports of oil and consumer products. In recent years, the biggest trade deficits were recorded with China, Japan, Germany and Mexico. United States records trade surpluses with Hong Kong, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Australia. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States 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)
2016-07-06 12:30 PM May $-41.14B $-37.4B $-40B $ -37.9B
2016-08-05 12:30 PM Jun $-44.51B $-40.96B $-43.1B $ -37.6B
2016-09-02 12:30 PM Jul $-39.47B $-44.66B $-42.7B $ -46.2B
2016-10-05 12:30 PM Aug $-39.47B $-40B $ -40B
2016-11-04 01:30 PM Sep $ -40B
2016-12-05 01:30 PM Oct $ -39B

US Trade Deficit Narrows in July


The trade gap in the United States declined to USD 39.47 billion in July of 2016 from an upwardly revised USD 44.66 billion deficit in the previous month and below market expectations of a USD 42.7 billion shortfall. Imports declined 0.8 percent while exports rose 1.9 percent to the highest level since September 2015.

The July decrease in the goods and services deficit reflected a decrease in the goods deficit of $5.3 billion to $60.3 billion and a decrease in the services surplus of $0.1 billion to $20.9 billion.

Total exports increased 1.9 percent to $186.3 billion, following a 0.8 percent growth in the previous month. Exports of goods increased $3.4 billion to $124.1 billion: foods, feeds, and beverages rose $3.7 billion, with soybeans went up $0.3 billion. In contrast, exports of services decreased less than $0.1 billion to $62.3 billion in July: transport, which includes freight and port services and passenger fares, and financial services each decreased $0.1 billion while travel (for all purposes including education) rose $0.2 billion.

Sales increased to China (+3.8 percent), Brazil (+6.4 percent) and OPEC (+0.5 percent) while fell to European Union (-9.5 percent), Mexico (-6.4 percent) and Canada (-13.9 percent). 

Total imports declined 0.8 percent to $225.8 billion, following a 1.9 percent growth in June. Imports of goods decreased $1.9 billion to $184.4 billion, led by pharmaceutical preparations (-$1.0 billion); cell phones and other household goods (-$0.6 billion); and civilian aircraft (-$0.9 billion). In contrast, inbound shipments of services increased $0.1 billion to $41.4 billion.

Imports fell from Canada (-11.1 percent); Brazil (-3.9 percent); European Union (-7.7 percent); and Mexico (-7.6 percent) while rose from China (+2.4 percent) and Japan (+2.0 percent).

Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit decreased $0.5 billion, or 0.2 percent, from the same period in 2015. Exports decreased $63.7 billion or 4.8 percent. Imports decreased $64.2 billion or 4.0 percent.

Yekaterina Guchshina | yekaterina@tradingeconomics.com
9/2/2016 2:22:38 PM

United States Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -39474.00 -44655.00 1946.00 -67823.00 USD Million [+]
Exports 186332.00 182924.00 200236.00 772.00 USD Million [+]
Imports 225805.00 227579.00 241483.00 577.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account -119885.00 -131838.00 9957.00 -216063.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -2.70 -2.20 0.20 -6.00 percent [+]
External Debt -7525643.00 -7356784.00 -1232107.00 -7525643.00 USD Million [+]
Terms of Trade 100.27 99.60 168.28 91.82 Index Points [+]
Capital Flows 140627.00 -194537.00 272938.00 -194537.00 USD Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 39294.00 35823.00 46165.00 -9988.00 USD Million [+]
Net Long Term Tic Flows 103949.00 -477.00 160371.00 -72882.00 USD Million [+]
Gold Reserves 8133.46 8133.46 8149.05 8133.46 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 8701.00 8894.00 10044.00 3983.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 4.61 4.61 7.39 3.70 [+]
Tourist Arrivals 6148538.00 4865293.00 8364940.00 2095665.00 [+]
Weapons Sales 10484.00 10470.00 16120.00 1705.00 USD Million [+]




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