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Monthly Trade Highlights

December 2014 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 Month

  December 2014 (Billions of $) November 2014 (Billions of $) Percent Change from Prior Month Last time the Increase/Decrease in Percent Change was larger/When it Occured
Goods and Services
Balance -$46.6
-$39.8 17.1% 24.4% June 2009 - July 2009
Exports

$194.9

$196.4 -0.8%

-1.1% October 2014 - November 2014

Imports $241.4

$236.2

2.2% 3.1% February 2014 - March 2014
Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance -$66.0 -$59.1 11.7% 12.0% December 2010 - January 2011
Exports $134.3 $138.6

-1.9%

-2.1% August 2014 - September 2014
Imports $200.3 $195.9 2.2% 3.9% February 2014 - March 2014

 

Dollar Change From Prior Month

  December 2014 (Billions of $) November 2014 (Billions of $) Dollar Change From Prior Month Last time the Increase/Decrease in Dollar Change was larger/When it Occured
Goods and Services
Balance -$46.6
-$39.8 -$6.8

NA: Largest decrease on record

Exports

$194.9

$196.4 -$1.5 -$2.2 October 2014 - November 2014
Imports $241.4

$236.2

$5.3

-$7.1 February 2014 - March 2014

Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance -$66.0 -$59.1 -$6.9 NA: Largest decrease on record
Exports $134.3 $138.6 -$2.5 -$3.0 August 2014 - September 2014
Imports $200.3 $195.9 $4.4 $7.5 February 2014 - March 2014


Goods on a Census Basis (seasonally adjusted)

  • December exports of services ($60.6 billion) were the highest on record.
  • December imports of goods and services ($241.4 billion) and imports of services ($41.2 billion) were the highest on record.

Balance

  • The December non-petroleum deficit ($49.7 billion) was the highest on record.

Imports

  • December imports of consumer goods ($48.8 billion) were the highest on record.
  • December non-petroleum imports ($173.2 billion) were the highest on record.

Country and Other Highlights (Census Basis, not seasonally adjusted)

  • December exports of Advanced Technology Products ($31.1 billion) were the highest on record.
  • The December import average price per barrel of crude oil ($73.64) was the lowest since September 2010 ($72.33).
  • The November to December decrease in crude oil unit price ($9.31) was the largest decrease since December 2008 to January 2009 ($10.01).






December 2014
Trade Numbers

Deficit: $46.6 Billion
Exports: $194.9 Billion
Imports: $241.4 Billion

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