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Monthly Trade Highlights

November 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

  November 2014 (Billions of $) October 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 -$39.0
-$42.2 -7.7% -8.0% October 2013 - November 2013
Exports

$196.4

$198.3
-1.0%

-1.8% August 2014 - September 2014

Imports $235.4

$240.6

-2.2% -2.2% May 2013 - June 2013
Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance -$58.3 -$61.6 -5.4% -5.9% September 2013 - October 2013
Exports $136.7 $138.6 -1.3% -2.1% August 2014 - September 2014
Imports $195.0 $200.2 -2.6% -2.8% May 2013 - June 2013

 

Dollar Change From Prior Month

  November 2014 (Billions of $) October 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 -$39.0
-$42.2 $3.2 $8.3 May 2013 - June 2013
Exports

$196.4

$198.3
-$2.0 -$3.5 August 2014 - September 2014
Imports $235.4

$240.6

-$5.2 -$5.9 February 2013 - March 2013
Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance -$58.3 -$61.6 $3.3 $3.6 September 2013 - October 2013
Exports $136.7 $138.6 -$1.9 $3.0 August 2014 - September 2014
Imports $195.0 $200.2 -$5.2 $5.4 May 2013 - June 2013


Goods on a Census Basis (seasonally adjusted)

Balance

  • The November petroleum deficit ($11.4 billion) was the lowest since December 2003 ($11.0 billion).

Imports

  • November imports of industrial supplies and materials ($50.1 billion) were the lowest since September 2010 ($49.5 billion).
  • November imports of consumer goods ($48.5 billion) were the highest on record.
  • November imports of petroleum ($23.1 billion) were the lowest since August 2009 ($21.9 billion).

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

  • November imports from South Korea ($6.3 billion) were the highest on record.
  • November imports from OPEC ($7.7 billion) were the lowest since April 2009 ($7.6 billion).
  • The November surplus with South and Central America ($4.9 billion) was the highest on record.
  • November imports of Advanced Technology Products ($39.6 billion) were the highest on record.
  • The November quantity of crude oil imports (189 million barrels) was the lowest since February 1994 (177 million barrels).
  • The November import average price per barrel of crude oil ($82.95) was the lowest since December 2010 ($79.79).



November 2014
Trade Numbers

Deficit: $39.0 Billion
Exports: $196.4 Billion
Imports: $235.4 Billion

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