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U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, November 2017

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U.S. Census Bureau U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis NEWS U.S. Department of Commerce * Washington, DC 20230 U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN GOODS AND SERVICES November 2017 The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was .5 billion in November, up .6 billion from .9 billion in October, revised. November exports were 0.2 billion, .4 billion more than October exports. November imports were 0.7 billion, .0 billion more than October imports. The November increase in the goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the goods deficit

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				       U.S. Census Bureau
			       U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
					       NEWS
		       U.S. Department of Commerce * Washington, DC 20230
		 	 U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN GOODS AND SERVICES

       		                           November 2017


The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce,
announced today that the goods and services deficit was $50.5 billion in November, up $1.6 billion
from $48.9 billion in October, revised. November exports were $200.2 billion, $4.4 billion more
than October exports. November imports were $250.7 billion, $6.0 billion more than October imports.

The November increase in the goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the goods deficit
of $1.7 billion to $70.9 billion and an increase in the services surplus of $0.1 billion to
$20.4 billion.

Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $53.4 billion, or 11.6 percent, from the
same period in 2016. Exports increased $112.7 billion or 5.6 percent. Imports increased $166.1
billion or 6.7 percent.

Goods and Services Three-Month Moving Averages (Exhibit 2)

The average goods and services deficit increased $2.1 billion to $48.1 billion for the three months
ending in November.
     * Average exports of goods and services increased $2.2 billion to $197.3 billion in November.
     * Average imports of goods and services increased $4.2 billion to $245.4 billion in November.

Year-over-year, the average goods and services deficit increased $5.5 billion from the three months
ending in November 2016.
     * Average exports of goods and services increased $11.1 billion from November 2016.
     * Average imports of goods and services increased $16.6 billion from November 2016.

Exports (Exhibits 3, 6, and 7)

Exports of goods increased $4.4 billion to $134.6 billion in November.
   Exports of goods on a Census basis increased $4.3 billion.

     * Capital goods increased $2.5 billion.
             o Civilian aircraft increased $1.2 billion.
     * Automotive vehicles, parts, and engines increased $1.0 billion.
             o Passenger cars increased $0.6 billion.
     * Consumer goods increased $0.7 billion.
   Net balance of payments adjustments increased $0.1 billion.

Exports of services increased $0.1 billion to $65.7 billion in November.
     * Other business services, which includes research and development services; professional
       and management services; and technical, trade-related, and other services, increased $0.1
       billion.
     * Financial services increased $0.1 billion.
     * Maintenance and repair services decreased $0.1 billion.

Imports (Exhibits 4, 6, and 8)

Imports of goods increased $6.0 billion to $205.5 billion in November.
   Imports of goods on a Census basis increased $6.0 billion.
     * Consumer goods increased $2.4 billion.
             o Cell phones and other household goods increased $1.1 billion.
     * Industrial supplies and materials increased $2.2 billion.
             o Crude oil increased $1.1 billion.
     * Capital goods increased $1.6 billion.
             o Semiconductors increased $0.8 billion.
   Net balance of payments adjustments increased less than $0.1 billion.

Imports of services decreased less than $0.1 billion to $45.3 billion in November.
     * Transport decreased $0.2 billion.
     * Travel (for all purposes including education) increased $0.1 billion.
     * Charges for the use of intellectual property increased $0.1 billion.

Real Goods in 2009 Dollars – Census Basis (Exhibit 11)

The real goods deficit increased $1.1 billion to $66.7 billion in November.
     * Real exports of goods increased $3.1 billion to $128.6 billion.
     * Real imports of goods increased $4.2 billion to $195.3 billion.

Revisions

Revisions to October exports
     * Exports of goods were revised down $0.1 billion.
     * Exports of services were revised up less than $0.1 billion.
Revisions to October imports
     * Imports of goods were revised up less than $0.1 billion.
     * Imports of services were revised up less than $0.1 billion.

Goods by Selected Countries and Areas: Monthly – Census Basis (Exhibit 19)

The November figures show surpluses, in billions of dollars, with Hong Kong ($2.8), South and Central
America ($2.6), Singapore ($1.0), United Kingdom ($0.4), and Brazil ($0.3). Deficits were recorded,
in billions of dollars, with China ($33.5), European Union ($13.5), Mexico ($5.8), Japan ($5.8),
Germany ($5.3), Italy ($2.8), India ($2.4), South Korea ($1.7), OPEC ($1.3), France ($1.3), Canada
($1.1), Taiwan ($0.9), and Saudi Arabia ($0.2).

     * The deficit with China increased $1.5 billion to $33.5 billion in November. Exports increased
       $0.2 billion to $10.8 billion and imports increased $1.8 billion to $44.2 billion.
     * The deficit with the European Union increased $1.5 billion to $13.5 billion in November.
       Exports decreased $1.0 billion to $24.0 billion and imports increased $0.5 billion to $37.5
       billion.
     * The deficit with South Korea decreased $1.0 billion to $1.7 billion in November. Exports
       increased $0.3 billion to $4.0 billion and imports decreased $0.7 billion to $5.7 billion.

NOTICE

Effects of 2017 Atlantic Hurricanes on U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

The effects of the recent hurricanes are embedded in the source data that the U.S. Bureau of Economic
Analysis (BEA) and the U.S. Census Bureau use to produce trade in goods and services statistics.
However, these effects generally cannot be isolated, and thus, BEA and the Census Bureau cannot
separately quantify the impacts of the hurricanes. The impacts of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and
Maria are reflected in the source data underlying this “U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services:
November 2017” report and will be reflected in subsequent reports until normal trade activities
resume in affected areas.

Goods

Below is information on the collection of statistics on trade in goods by U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) and possible scenarios for shipments directly impacted by the hurricanes, along
with information regarding statistical procedures used to produce trade statistics.

     * Transactions that are cleared through a customs port are included in the trade statistics
       per normal procedures. However, there may be instances in which power outages or inaccessibility
       to buildings delay reporting by affected filers.
     * During port closures, export and import shipments may be diverted, amended, or canceled.
       Diverted import shipments may enter through another U.S. port or be transshipped through
       Mexico.
     * The Census Bureau processes any corrections as usual per Census Bureau revision policy.
     * Exports to and imports from a foreign country that leave or enter the U.S. customs territory
       in the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico are included in U.S. international trade statistics.
       For more information, see the “U.S. Trade with Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions” section
       of the Guide to Foreign Trade Statistics.

For further CBP guidance, please visit CBP’s Cargo Systems Messaging Service and search “hurricane.”

Census Bureau reports on trade through the Gulf Coast ports and on trade through Southeast ports
are available at www.census.gov/foreign-trade/specialreports/gulfcoastports.pdf and
www.census.gov/foreign-trade/specialreports/southeastports.pdf. Additional U.S. port data are
available on USA Trade Online and on the International Trade API.

If you have questions, please contact the Census Bureau, Economic Indicators Division, on
(800) 549-0595, option 4, or at [email protected].

Services

While BEA cannot separately quantify the impacts of the hurricanes on any specific service category,
there are several possible impacts of the hurricanes on U.S. trade in services. For example, transport
services may be affected by port closures and by diverted shipments. Travel expenditures and other
services trade may be affected to the extent that service activities are interrupted. The effects
of the hurricanes on insurance services, meanwhile, are likely to be small because BEA uses normal
losses, rather than actual losses, to measure insurance services. For more information, see “What
are the effects of hurricanes and other disasters on the international economic accounts?” The 
monthly statistics for the third and fourth quarters in this release are based on limited source
data. More complete source data will be incorporated following the schedule outlined in “Revision
Procedure (Goods on a BOP Basis and Services)” on page A-6 of this release.

More information on the effects of the hurricanes on the U.S. national and international accounts
is available in “Gross Domestic Product: Third Quarter 2017 (Third Estimate)” and in
“U.S. International Transactions: Third Quarter 2017,” both released by BEA.

If you have questions, please contact BEA, Balance of Payments Division, at
[email protected].


NOTES:

   *All statistics referenced are seasonally adjusted; statistics are on a balance of payments
    basis unless otherwise specified. Additional statistics, including not seasonally adjusted
    statistics and details for goods on a Census basis, are available in Exhibits 1-20b of this
    release. For information on data sources, definitions, revision procedures, and scheduled release
    dates through December 2018, see the information section on page A-1 of this release. The next
    release is February 6, 2018.

   *For definitions of goods on a balance of payments basis, goods on a Census basis, and net balance
    of payments adjustments, see the information section on page A-1 of this release.

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