U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, November 2021
The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis announced today that the goods and services deficit was $80.2 billion in November, up $13.0 billion from $67.2 billion in October, revised.
Next release: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
(°) Statistical significance is not applicable or not measurable. Data adjusted for seasonality but not price changes
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, January 6, 2022
Exports, Imports, and Balance (exhibit 1)
November exports were $224.2 billion, $0.4 billion more than October exports. November imports were $304.4 billion, $13.4 billion more than October imports.
The November increase in the goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the goods deficit of $15.1 billion to $99.0 billion and an increase in the services surplus of $2.1 billion to $18.8 billion.
Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased $174.6 billion, or 28.6 percent, from the same period in 2020. Exports increased $354.4 billion or 18.2 percent. Imports increased $529.0 billion or 20.7 percent.
The global pandemic and the economic recovery continued to impact international trade in November 2021. The full economic effects of the pandemic cannot be quantified in the statistics because the impacts are generally embedded in source data and cannot be separately identified.
Three-Month Moving Averages (exhibit 2)
The average goods and services deficit increased $2.3 billion to $76.3 billion for the three months ending in November.
- Average exports increased $3.7 billion to $218.3 billion in November.
- Average imports increased $6.0 billion to $294.5 billion in November.
Year-over-year, the average goods and services deficit increased $11.7 billion from the three months ending in November 2020.
- Average exports increased $36.3 billion from November 2020.
- Average imports increased $48.0 billion from November 2020.
Exports (exhibits 3, 6, and 7)
Exports of goods decreased $2.9 billion to $155.9 billion in November.
Exports of goods on a Census basis decreased $2.9 billion.
- Capital goods decreased $1.2 billion.
- Other industrial machines decreased $0.4 billion.
- Telecommunications equipment decreased $0.3 billion.
- Civilian aircraft engines decreased $0.2 billion.
- Industrial supplies and materials decreased $0.9 billion.
- Nonmonetary gold decreased $1.4 billion.
- Crude oil increased $0.4 billion.
Net balance of payments adjustments increased $0.1 billion.
Exports of services increased $3.2 billion to $68.3 billion in November.
- Travel increased $2.2 billion.
- Transport increased $0.6 billion.
Imports (exhibits 4, 6, and 8)
Imports of goods increased $12.3 billion to $254.9 billion in November.
Imports of goods on a Census basis increased $12.0 billion.
- Industrial supplies and materials increased $5.9 billion.
- Finished metal shapes increased $1.5 billion.
- Crude oil increased $1.3 billion.
- Consumer goods increased $3.0 billion.
- Pharmaceutical preparations increased $0.8 billion.
- Toys, games, and sporting goods increased $0.6 billion.
- Other textile apparel and household goods increased $0.6 billion.
- Automotive vehicles, parts, and engines increased $1.2 billion.
- Passenger cars increased $0.9 billion.
- Trucks, buses, and special purpose vehicles increased $0.6 billion.
Net balance of payments adjustments increased $0.3 billion.
Imports of services increased $1.1 billion to $49.5 billion in November.
- Transport increased $0.7 billion.
- Travel increased $0.3 billion.
Real Goods in 2012 Dollars – Census Basis (exhibit 11)
The real goods deficit increased $13.7 billion to $110.8 billion in November.
- Real exports of goods decreased $3.8 billion to $148.6 billion.
- Real imports of goods increased $9.9 billion to $259.4 billion.
Revisions to October exports
- Exports of goods were revised up $0.1 billion.
- Exports of services were revised up $0.1 billion.
Revisions to October imports
- Imports of goods were revised up less than $0.1 billion.
- Imports of services were revised up $0.3 billion.
Goods by Selected Countries and Areas: Monthly – Census Basis (exhibit 19)
The November figures show surpluses, in billions of dollars, with South and Central America ($4.5), Hong Kong ($1.6), Brazil ($1.0), United Kingdom ($0.5), and Singapore ($0.3). Deficits were recorded, in billions of dollars, with China ($28.4), European Union ($19.4), Mexico ($11.0), Germany ($6.1), Canada ($5.4), Taiwan ($4.0), Italy ($3.6), Japan ($3.6), India ($3.0), South Korea ($2.2), France ($1.2), and Saudi Arabia ($0.4).
- The deficit with the European Union increased $2.8 billion to $19.4 billion in November. Exports decreased $0.5 billion to $24.4 billion and imports increased $2.2 billion to $43.8 billion.
- The deficit with Canada increased $2.3 billion to $5.4 billion in November. Exports increased $0.5 billion to $28.1 billion and imports increased $2.8 billion to $33.5 billion.
- The deficit with South Korea decreased $0.4 billion to $2.2 billion in November. Exports increased $0.7 billion to $5.7 billion and imports increased $0.2 billion to $8.0 billion.
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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, and revision procedures, see the explanatory notes in this release. The full release can be found at www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/current_press_release/index.html or www.bea.gov/data/intl-trade-investment/international-trade-goods-and-services. The full schedule is available in the Census Bureau's Economic Briefing Room at www.census.gov/economic-indicators/ or on BEA's website at www.bea.gov/news/schedule.
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Next release: February 8, 2022 at 8:30 A.M. EST
U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, December 2021
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