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Monthly Trade Highlights

May 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

  May 2015 (Billions of $) April 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 -$41.9
-$40.7 2.9%

35.8% February 2015 - March 2015

Exports $188.6 $190.1 -0.8% -1.4% January 2015 - February 2015
Imports $230.5 $230.8 -0.1%

-3.3% March 2015 - April 2015

Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance

-$61.5

-$60.3 2.0% 22.7% February 2015 - March 2015
Exports $127.7 $129.3 -1.3%

-2.3% January 2015 - February 2015

Imports $189.2 $189.7 -0.2% -3.8 March 2015 - April 2015

 

Dollar Change From Prior Month

  May 2015 (Billions of $) April 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 -$41.9
-$40.7 -$1.2

-$13.3 February 2015 - March 2015

Exports $188.6 $190.1 -$1.5 -$2.7 January 2015 - February 2015
Imports $230.5 $230.8

-$0.3

-$7.8 March 2015 - April 2015
Goods (BOP Basis)
Balance

-$61.5

-$60.3 -$1.2 -$13.0 February 2015 - March 2015
Exports $127.7 $129.3 -$1.6 -$3.0 January 2015 - February 2015
Imports $189.2 $189.7 -$0.4 -$7.4 March 2015 - April 2015

Goods on a Census Basis (seasonally adjusted)

Balance

  • The May petroleum deficit ($5.8 billion) was the lowest since February 2002 ($5.6 billion).

Imports

  • May imports of automotive vehicles, parts, and engines ($29.5 billion) were the highest on record.
  • May imports of industrial supplies and materials ($40.9 billion) were the lowest since August 2009 ($38.3 billion).

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

  • The May surplus with Canada is the first monthly surplus since the implementation of the Canadian Data Exchange in 1990.
  • The April to May 2015 increase in the average price per barrel of crude oil ($4.24) was the largest increase since August to September 2012 ($4.42).








May 2015
Trade Numbers

Deficit: $41.9 Billion
Exports: $188.6 Billion
Imports: $230.5 Billion

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