Japan posted a trade deficit of JPY 635.36 billion in August 2021, compared with market consensus of a gap of JPY 47.7 billion and reversing from a surplus of JPY 227.98 billion in the same month a year earlier. This was the first trade deficit since May, as exports rose by 26.2 percent year-on-year to JPY 6,606 billion while imports rose at a steeper 44.7 percent to JPY 7,241 billion. Considering the first eight months of the year, the country registered a trade gap of JPY 807.85 billion, down sharply from a deficit of JPY 1,273.02billion in the same period of 2020. source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Balance of Trade in Japan averaged 342.39 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 1608.68 JPY Billion in September of 2007 and a record low of -2795.12 JPY Billion in January of 2014. This page provides - Japan Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Japan Balance of Trade - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2021.

Balance of Trade in Japan is expected to be -300.00 JPY Billion by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Japan Balance of Trade is projected to trend around 500.00 JPY Billion in 2022 and 160.00 JPY Billion in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Japan Balance of Trade

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-635.40 439.40 1608.68 -2795.12 1963 - 2021 JPY Billion Monthly
Current Prices, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-06-15 11:50 PM May ¥-187.1B ¥253.1B ¥-91.2B ¥-78B
2021-07-20 11:50 PM Jun ¥383.2B ¥-189.4B ¥460B ¥ 400B
2021-08-17 11:50 PM Jul ¥441B ¥384B ¥202.3B ¥300B
2021-09-15 11:50 PM Aug ¥-635.4B ¥439.4B ¥-47.7B ¥-60B
2021-10-18 11:50 PM Sep ¥-635.4B ¥ -300B
2021-11-17 11:50 PM Oct
2021-12-15 11:50 PM Nov


News Stream
Japan Trade Gap Wider than Expected
Japan posted a trade deficit of JPY 635.36 billion in August 2021, compared with market consensus of a gap of JPY 47.7 billion and reversing from a surplus of JPY 227.98 billion in the same month a year earlier. This was the first trade deficit since May, as exports rose by 26.2 percent year-on-year to JPY 6,606 billion while imports rose at a steeper 44.7 percent to JPY 7,241 billion. Considering the first eight months of the year, the country registered a trade gap of JPY 807.85 billion, down sharply from a deficit of JPY 1,273.02billion in the same period of 2020.
2021-09-16
Japan Trade Surplus Beats Forecasts
Japan posted a trade surplus of JPY 441.02 billion in July 2021, shifting from a deficit of JPY 14.76 billion in the same month a year earlier and exceeding market consensus of a surplus of JPY 202.3 billion. Exports jumped 37 percent year-on-year to JPY 7,356 billion while imports rose at a softer 28.5 percent to JPY 6,915 billion. Considering the first seven months of the year, the country registered a trade gap of JPY 172.49 billion, down sharply from a deficit of JPY 1,501 billion in the same period of 2020.
2021-08-18
Japan Trade Surplus Below Market Estimates
Japan posted a trade surplus of JPY 383.18 billion in June 2021, reversing from a deficit of JPY 290.95 billion in the same a year earlier and compared with market consensus of JPY 460 billion. Exports jumped 48.6 percent year-on-year to JPY 7,221 billion while imports rose at a softer 32.7 percent to JPY 6,838 billion. Considering the first six months of the year, the country registered a trade gap of JPY 613.51 billion, down sharply from a deficit of JPY 1,486 billion in the same period of 2020.
2021-07-21
Japan Trade Gap Narrows Less than Estimated
Japan's trade deficit decreased sharply to JPY 187.1 billion in May 2021 from a JPY 856.7 billion in the same month a year earlier but missing market consensus of a gap of JPY 91.2 billion. Exports jumped 49.6 percent year-on-year to JPY 6,261 billion while imports rose at a softer 27.9 percent to JPY 6,448 billion. Considering the first five months of the year, the trade gap narrowed sharply to JPY 996.69 billion from JPY 1,195 billion in the same period of 2020.
2021-06-16

Japan Balance of Trade
Between 1980 and 2010 Japan had been recording trade surpluses every year due to rising exports. However, the trade balance swung to deficit in 2011, as the Fukushima nuclear disaster forced the country to increase its purchases of fossil fuels and gas in the wake of weaker yen. The surplus was back in 2016 and 2017, but in 2018 and 2019 Japan's trade balance shifted back into deficit amid persistent trade tensions between the US and China, and sluggish global growth. In 2019, Japan reported the biggest trade surpluses with the US, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the Netherlands. The biggest trade deficits were recorded with China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar.