The US trade deficit widened to $54.6 billion in May of 2020 from an upwardly revised $49.8 billion in April, and higher than forecasts of $53 billion. It is the biggest trade gap since December of 2018 as both exports and imports fell in part due to the impact of COVID-19, as many businesses were operating at limited capacity or ceased operations completely, and the movement of travelers across borders was restricted. Exports dropped 4.4% to $144.5 billion, the lowest level since November of 2009, led by crude, fuel oil; semiconductors and computer accessories; financial and other business services; and charges for the use of intellectual property. Imports shrank 0.9% to $199.1 billion, the lowest since July of 2010, led by a slump in purchases of automotive vehicles, parts, and engines and capital goods such as computers. The deficit with China widened $1.9 billion to $27.9 billion as exports went up to $10.0 billion and imports increased $2.7 billion to $37.9 billion.
Balance of Trade in the United States averaged -15135.14 USD Million from 1950 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 1946 USD Million in June of 1975 and a record low of -68277 USD Million in August of 2006. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Balance of Trade - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Balance of Trade - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2020. source: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Balance of Trade in the United States is expected to be -34000.00 USD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Balance of Trade in the United States to stand at -31000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Balance of Trade is projected to trend around -33000.00 USD Million in 2021 and -53000.00 USD Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.