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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
                                  July 2009

Goods and Services

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department
of Commerce, announced today that total July exports of $127.6 billion and imports of
$159.6 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $32.0 billion, up from
$27.5 billion in June, revised.  July exports were $2.7 billon more than June exports
of $124.9 billion.  July imports were $7.2 billion more than June imports of $152.4
billion.

In July, the goods deficit increased $4.3 billion from June to $42.7 billion, and the
services surplus decreased $0.1 billion to $10.7 billion.  Exports of goods increased
$2.7 billion to $86.7 billion, and imports of goods increased $7.0 billion to $129.4
billion.  Exports of services increased $0.1 billion to $40.9 billion, and imports
of services increased $0.2 billion to $30.2 billion.

In July, the goods and services deficit decreased $32.9 billion from July 2008.
Exports were down $36.8 billion, or 22.4 percent, and imports were down $69.8 billion,
or 30.4 percent.

Goods

The June to July increase in exports of goods reflected increases in automotive vehicles,
parts, and engines ($1.3 billion); capital goods ($0.7 billion); industrial supplies
and materials ($0.4 billion); consumer goods ($0.4 billion); and other goods ($0.2
billion). A decrease occurred in foods, feeds, and beverages ($0.4 billion).

The June to July increase in imports of goods reflected increases in automotive vehicles,
parts, and engines ($2.4 billion); consumer goods ($1.7 billion); industrial supplies
and materials ($1.4 billion); capital goods ($1.3 billion); and other goods ($0.2
billion). A decrease occurred in foods, feeds, and beverages ($0.1 billion).

The July 2008 to July 2009 decrease in exports of goods reflected decreases in industrial
supplies and materials ($13.1 billion); capital goods ($7.9 billion); automotive vehicles,
parts, and engines ($4.7 billion); foods, feeds, and beverages ($2.2 billion); consumer
goods ($2.1 billion); and other goods ($0.4 billion).

The July 2008 to July 2009 decrease in imports of goods reflected decreases in industrial
supplies and materials ($41.5 billion); capital goods ($8.6 billion); automotive vehicles,
parts, and engines ($6.8 billion); consumer goods ($5.5 billion); other goods ($1.1
billion); and foods, feeds, and beverages ($0.7 billion).

Services

Services exports increased $0.1 billion from June to July.  The increase was more than
accounted for by an increase in other transportation (which includes freight and port
services) and small increases in several other categories of services exports.  Decreases
in passenger fares and other private services (which includes items such as business,
professional, and technical services, insurance services, and financial
services) were partly offsetting.

Services imports increased $0.2 billion from June to July.  The increase was more than
accounted for by increases in other transportation and travel.  A decrease in passenger
fares was partly offsetting.  Changes in other categories of services imports were small.

The July 2008 to July 2009 decrease in exports of services was $6.3 billion.  The
largest decreases were in travel ($2.3 billion), other transportation ($1.6 billion),
other private services ($1.1 billion), and royalties and license fees ($1.0 billion).
Within other private services, the largest decrease was in business, professional, and
technical services.

The July 2008 to July 2009 decrease in imports of services was $4.7 billion.  The
largest decreases were in other transportation ($2.0 billion), passenger fares ($0.8
billion), travel ($0.6 billion), and other private services ($0.6 billion).  Within

other private services, the largest decreases were in business, professional, and
technical services and financial services.

Goods and Services Moving Average

For the three months ending in July, exports of goods and services averaged $124.9 billion,
while imports of goods and services averaged $153.5 billion, resulting in an average trade
deficit of $28.6 billion.  For the three months ending in June, the average trade deficit
was $27.7 billion, reflecting average exports of $122.6 billion and average imports of
$150.3 billion.

Selected Not Seasonally Adjusted Goods Details

The July figures show surpluses, in billions of dollars, with Hong Kong $1.3 ($1.4 for
June), Australia $0.7 ($1.0), Singapore $0.7 ($0.5), and Egypt $0.2 ($0.2).  Deficits
were recorded, in billions of dollars, with China $20.4 ($18.4), the European Union $8.0
($4.5), OPEC $6.9 ($5.9), Japan $3.9 ($3.7), Mexico $2.9 ($3.4), Venezuela $2.3 ($1.8),
Canada $2.2 ($1.5), Nigeria $1.7 ($1.3), Korea $1.0 ($0.9), and Taiwan $0.7 ($0.6).

Advanced technology products (ATP) exports were $20.0 billion in July and imports were
$26.6 billion, resulting in a deficit of $6.6 billion.  July exports were $0.8 billion
less than the $20.7 billion in June, while July imports were $1.2 billion more than the
$25.3 billion in June.

Revisions

Goods carry-over in July was $0.1 billion (0.1 percent) for exports and $0.6 billion
(0.4 percent) for imports.  For June, revised export carry-over was virtually zero,
revised down from $0.1 billion (0.1 percent).  For June, revised import carry-over was
$0.1 billion (0.1 percent), revised down from $0.5 billion (0.4 percent).

Services exports and imports for January 2009 through June 2009 reflect the incorporation
of more comprehensive and revised quarterly and monthly data.  For services exports, the
largest monthly revisions were in royalties and license fees and other private services.
For services imports, the largest monthly revisions were in other private services.

Services exports for June were revised down $1.0 billion to $40.8 billion.  The revision
was more than accounted for by downward revisions in royalties and license fees, other
private services, and travel; an upward revision in transfers under U.S. military sales
contracts was partly offsetting.  Services imports for June were revised down $0.4 billion
to $30.0 billion.  The revision was more than accounted for by a downward revision in other
private services; an upward revision in royalties and license fees was partly offsetting.