US trade gap with China narrows as exports hit five-month high
US trade gap with China narrows as exports hit five-month high
US trade deficit widened in August to $54.9 billion
07 October, 2019, 12:56
USA exports in August increased to 207.9 billion dollars, 0.5 billion dollars more than that in July, while imports rose to 262.8 billion dollars, up 1.3 billion dollars from the previous month, the department said.
The overall US trade deficit on Friday widened to 54.9 billion USA dollars in August amid protracted trade tensions, its figures showed. The previously published July deficit was $54.0 billion.
The politically-sensitive goods trade deficit with China fell 3.1% to $31.8 billion on an unadjusted basis, with imports declining 0.8%.
The trade war with China, and the uncertainty that surrounds it, have disrupted companies' supply chains, increased input costs and delayed investments in hiring and investment. The increase was driven by an explosion of imported consumer goods along with new tariffs against China and Europe. The goods trade deficit with the European Union jumped 23.7% to $15.3 billion.
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China is now the third-largest USA trading partner this year, behind Mexico and Canada, after it was number one in 2018.
Demand for services, an area in which the United States typically enjoys a broad surplus, has waned since the summer while services imports are now at their highest on record. "Imports increased $25.1 billion or 1.2 percent". They were lifted by exports of soybeans, which rose $0.3 billion.
Imports grew by $1.2 billion and consumer goods $1.9 billion, but there were import decreases in industrial supplies and materials, petroleum products and crude oil.
Growth estimates for the third quarter range from as a low as a 1.3% annualized rate to as high as a 1.9% pace.
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