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Monthly Trade Highlights

January 2015 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

  January 2015 (Billions of $) December 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 -$41.8
-$45.6 -8.4% -18.5% May 2013 - June 2013
Exports

$189.4

$195.0 -2.9%

-5.3% December 2008 - January 2009

Imports $231.2

$240.6

-3.9%

-4.9% January 2009 - February 2009

Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance -$61.6 -$65.0 -5.2% -5.9% September 2013 - October 2013
Exports $128.7 $134.2

-4.1%

-4.5% September 2012 - October 2012
Imports $190.3 $199.2 -4.5% -5.7% January 2009 - February 2009

 

Dollar Change From Prior Month

  January 2015 (Billions of $) December 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 -$41.8
-$45.6 $3.8

$8.3 May 2013 - June 2013

Exports

$189.4

$195.0 -$5.6 -$7.1 December 2008 - January 2009
Imports $231.2

$240.6

-$9.4

-$11.7 December 2008 - January 2009

Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance -$61.6 -$65.0 $3.4 $3.6 September 2013 - October 2013
Exports $128.7 $134.2 -$5.5

-$6.0 September 2012 - October 2012

Imports $190.3 $199.2 -$8.9 -$10.3 December 2008 - January 2009

  • January exports of goods ($128.7 billion) were the lowest since October 2012 ($127.7 billion).

Goods on a Census Basis (seasonally adjusted)

Balance

  • The January non-petroleum deficit ($50.0 billion) was the highest on record.
  • The January petroleum deficit ($10.7 billion) was the lowest since November 2003 ($9.8 billion).

Exports

  • January exports of goods ($127.8 billion) were the lowest since October 2012 ($126.5 billion).
  • January exports of industrial supplies and materials ($37.5 billion) were the lowest since December 2010 ($36.5 billion).
  • January petroleum exports ($8.8 billion) were the lowest since March 2011 ($8.1 billion).

Imports

  • January imports of industrial supplies and materials ($46.8 billion) were the lowest since December 2009 ($46.2 billion).
  • January petroleum imports ($19.4 billion) were the lowest since May 2009 ($17.9 billion).

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

  • January exports to Brazil ($2.8 billion) were the lowest since April 2010 ($2.8 billion).
  • The January deficit with South Korea ($3.1 billion) and January imports from South Korea ($6.4 billion) were the highest on record.
  • The January import average price per barrel of crude oil ($58.96) was the lowest since May 2009 ($51.30).
  • The December to January decrease in crude oil unit price ($14.68) was the largest decrease since November 2008 to December 2008 ($16.87).








January 2015
Trade Numbers

Deficit: $41.8 Billion
Exports: $189.4 Billion
Imports: $231.2 Billion

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