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Annual Trade Highlights

2013 Press Highlights

This page shows the Balance, Exports and Imports for the current month and prior month, along with the percent change and dollar change between the two. The last column of the table shows the last time the percent change (or dollar change) was larger. Some interesting facts about this month's International Trade in Goods and Services report can be found at the bottom of the page.

Goods and Services on a Balance of Payments (BOP) Basis, seasonally adjusted - series began with January 1992 statistics.

All Values in billions of dollars

Percent Change from Prior Year

  2013 (Billions of $)

2012 (Billions of $)

Percent Change from Prior Year Last time the Increase/Decrease in Percent Change was larger/When it Occured
Goods and Services
Balance -$471.5 -$534.7 -11.8% -45.4% from 2008-2009
Exports $2,272.3 $2,210.6 2.8% 4.6% from 2011-2012
Imports $2,743.9 $2,745.2 -0.1% -22.8% from 2008-2009
Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance -$703.2 -$741.5 -5.2% -38.8% from 2008-2009
Exports $1,590.4 $1,561.2 1.9% 4.4% from 2011-2012
Imports $2,293.5 $2,302.7 -0.4% -26.2% from 2008-2009

 

Dollar Change From Prior Year

  2013 (Billions of $)

2012 (Billions of $)

Dollar Change From Prior Year Last time the Increase/Decrease in Dollar Change was larger/When it Occured
Goods and Services
Balance -$471.5 -$534.7 $63.1 $318.6 from 2008-2009
Exports $2,272.3 $2,210.6 $61.7 $97.8 from 2011-2012
Imports $2,743.9 $2,745.2 -$1.4 -$580.8 from 2008-2009
Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance -$703.2 -$741.5 $38.3 $323.4 from 2008-2009
Exports $1,590.4 $1,561.2 $29.1 $65.4 from 2011-2012
Imports $2,293.5 $2,302.7 -$9.2 -$561.3 from 2008-2009

  • The 2013 goods and services deficit ($471.5 billion) was the lowest since 2009 ($383.7 billion).
  • The 2013 services surplus ($231.6 billion) was the highest on record.
  • The 2013 exports of goods and services ($2.3 trillion), exports of goods ($1.6 trillion), and exports of services ($682.0 billion) were the highest on record.
  • The 2013 imports of services ($450.3 billion) were the highest on record.

Goods on a Census Basis

Balance

  • The 2013 petroleum deficit ($232.3 billion) was the lowest since 2009 ($204.5 billion).
  • The 2013 non-petroleum deficit ($456.4 billion) was the highest since 2007 ($515.5 billion).

Exports

  • 2013 exports of goods ($1.6 trillion) were the highest on record.
  • The 2013 exports of foods, feeds, and beverages ($136.0 billion); industrial supplies and materials ($508.2 billion); capital goods ($534.1 billion); automotive vehicles ($152.1 billion); and consumer goods ($188.5 billion) were the highest on record.
  • 2013 exports of petroleum ($137.0 billion) were the highest on record.
  • 2013 non-petroleum exports ($1.4 trillion) were the highest on record.

Imports

  • 2013 imports of goods decreased for the first time since 2009.
  • The 2013 imports of food, feeds, and beverages ($115.2 billion); capital goods ($553.8 billion); automotive vehicles ($308.8 billion); and consumer goods ($533.2 billion) were the highest on record.
  • 2013 imports of petroleum ($369.3 billion) were the lowest since 2010 ($336.1 billion).
  • 2013 non-petroleum imports ($1.9 trillion) were the highest on record.

Real Dollar Basis (2009 Chain-weighted Dollars)

  • The 2013 real dollar non-petroleum deficit ($493.0 billion) was the highest since 2007 ($512.4 billion).

Country and other highlights

  • The 2013 deficit with China ($318.4 billion), exports to China ($122.0 billion), and imports from China ($440.4 billion) were the highest on record.
  • The 2013 deficit with the European Union ($125.1 billion) was the highest on record.
  • The 2013 surplus with Hong Kong ($36.8 billion) was the highest on record.
  • The 2013 surplus with South and Central America ($25.8 billion) was the highest on record.
  • The 2013 deficit with South Korea ($20.7 billion) was the highest on record.
  • The 2013 surplus with Brazil ($16.6 billion) was the highest on record.
  • The 2013 surplus with Singapore ($12.9 billion) was the highest on record.
  • The 2013 quantity of crude oil imports (2.8 billion barrels) was the lowest since 1995 (2.8 billion barrels).

October 2014
Trade Numbers

Deficit: $43.4 Billion
Exports: $197.5 Billion
Imports: $241.0 Billion

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