Background

The U.S. trade deficit in goods and services rose 2.4 percent in January as both imports and exports continued to increase, according to trade statistics released March 5 by the Department of Commerce.

The monthly trade deficit of $68.2 billion reflected a 0.9 percent increase in exports to $191.9 billion and a 1.2 percent increase in imports to $260.2 billion. The year-to-date deficit was up 53.7 percent from January 2020 as exports fell 7.6 percent and imports increased 3.2 percent.

The deficit in goods trade rose 1.5 percent in January to $85.4 billion. Imports of goods rose 1.6 percent to $221.1 billion, including increases of $5.0 billion in pharmaceutical preparations (including COVID-19 vaccines) and $500 million in artwork and other collectibles along with a $1.9 billion decrease in passenger cars. Exports of goods increased 1.6 percent to $135.7 billion, including increases of $600 million in other petroleum products and $500 million in other industrial machinery along with a decrease of $700 million in automotive vehicles, parts, and engines.

The services surplus inched ahead 0.6 percent to $17.2 billion, with imports down 7.6 percent to $39.0 billion and exports down 0.5 percent to $56.3 billion.

Country/region

Deficit

% Change

Surplus

% Change

China

$27.2 billion

-3.2

 

 

European Union

$20.1 billion

+4.7

 

 

Mexico

$11.9 billion

+15.5

 

 

Germany

$7.2 billion

+24.1

 

 

Japan

$5.2 billion

-5.5

 

 

Italy

$2.9 billion

-9.4

 

 

India

$2.3 billion

-17.9

 

 

France

$2.3 billion

+43.8

 

 

Taiwan

$2.1 billion

-34.4

 

 

Canada

$2.0 billion

+81.8

 

 

South Korea

$0.9 billion

-66.7

 

 

Singapore

$0.1 billion

-88.9

 

 

South/Central America

 

 

$5.3 billion

+35.9

Hong Kong

 

 

$2.4 billion

+14.3

Brazil

 

 

$1.5 billion

+87.5

United Kingdom

 

 

$0.5 billion

+150.0

Saudi Arabia

 

 

$0.5 billion

-16.7

 

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