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Monthly Trade Highlights

February 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

  February 2015 (Billions of $) January 2015 (Billions of $) Percent Change from Prior Month Last time the Increase/Decrease in Percent Change was larger/When it Occured
Goods and Services
Balance -$35.4
-$42.7 -16.9% -18.5% May 2013 - June 2013
Exports $186.2 $189.2 -1.6% -3.0% December 2014 - January 2015
Imports $221.7 $231.9 -4.4% -4.9% January 2009 - February 2009
Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance -$55.2 -$62.5 -11.8% -13.2% May 2013 - June 2013
Exports $125.6 $128.5 -2.3% -4.2% December 2014 - January 2015
Imports $180.8 $191.1 -5.4% -5.7% January 2009 - February 2009

 

Dollar Change From Prior Month

  February 2015 (Billions of $) January 2015 (Billions of $) Dollar Change From Prior Month Last time the Increase/Decrease in Dollar Change was larger/When it Occured
Goods and Services
Balance -$35.4
-$42.7 $7.2 $8.3 May 2013 - June 2013
Exports $186.2 $189.2 -$3.0 -$5.8 December 2014 - January 2015
Imports $221.7 $231.9 -$10.2 -$11.7 December 2008 - January 2009
Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance -$55.2 -$62.5 $7.4 $8.4 May 2013 - June 2013
Exports $125.6 $128.5 -$2.9 -$5.7 December 2014 - January 2015
Imports $180.8 $191.1 -$10.3 -$10.3 December 2008 - January 2009

  • The February goods and services deficit ($35.4 billion) was the lowest since October 2009 ($33.8 billion).
  • February exports of goods and services ($186.2 billion) were the lowest since October 2012 ($183.5 billion). February exports of goods ($125.6 billion) were the lowest since June 2011 ($122.6 billion).
  • February imports of goods and services ($221.7 billion) were the lowest since April 2011 ($219.7 billion). February imports of goods ($180.8 billion) were the lowest since February 2011 ($176.7 billion).

Goods on a Census Basis (seasonally adjusted)

Balance

  • The February petroleum deficit ($8.1 billion) was the lowest since July 2002 ($7.8 billion).

Exports

  • February exports of goods ($124.8 billion) were the lowest since June 2011 ($121.3 billion).
  • February exports of industrial supplies and materials ($36.1 billion) were the lowest since November 2010 ($35.5 billion).
  • February exports of automotive vehicles, parts, and engines ($11.5 billion) were the lowest since November 2011 ($11.3 billion).
  • February exports of consumer goods ($17.8 billion) were the highest on record.
  • February petroleum exports ($8.3 billion) were the lowest since March 2011 ($8.1 billion).

Imports

  • February imports of goods ($178.8 billion) were the lowest since February 2011 ($174.2 billion).
  • February imports of industrial supplies and materials ($42.6 billion) were the lowest since October 2009 ($42.2 billion).
  • February petroleum imports ($16.3 billion) were the lowest since September 2004 ($14.9 billion).

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

  • February exports to Canada ($21.9 billion) were the lowest since February 2011 ($20.5 billion). February imports from Canada ($23.3 billion) were the lowest since February 2011 ($23.2 billion).
  • February exports to South and Central America ($12.5 billion) were the lowest since February 2011 ($11.8 billion). February imports from South and Central America ($9.1 billion) were the lowest since May 2009 ($8.3 billion).
  • February imports from Japan ($9.2 billion) were the lowest since May 2011 ($8.3 billion).
  • The February deficit in Advanced Technology Products ($3.1 billion) was the lowest since January 2010 ($3.1 billion).
  • The February import average price per barrel of crude oil ($49.53) was the lowest since April 2009 ($46.68).








February 2015
Trade Numbers

Deficit: $35.4 Billion
Exports: $186.2 Billion
Imports: $221.7 Billion

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