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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AT 8:30 A.M. EDT, Friday, June 2, 2017
CB 17-85
BEA 17-26
FT-900 (17-04)

                                      U.S. Census Bureau
                                U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
                     U.S. Department of Commerce * Washington, DC 20230
                                  Annual Revision for 2016

Updates to Goods and Services

In this release and in the accompanying “U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services: April
2017” release (FT-900), the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
are publishing revised statistics on trade in goods and services for January 2014 to March 2017.
The revised statistics will also be included in the “U.S. International Transactions: First
Quarter 2017 and Annual Update” report and in the international transactions interactive database,
both to be released by BEA on June 20, 2017.

This annual revision has not changed the overall trend in the goods and services balance. On an
annual basis, the goods and services deficit was revised upward less than 0.1 percent for 2014
and 2015 and was revised upward 0.8 percent for 2016. The goods deficit was revised downward for
2014 and 2015 and was revised upward for 2016; the services surplus was revised downward for all
three years.


Revised statistics on trade in goods reflect 1) corrections and adjustments to previously
published not seasonally adjusted statistics for goods on a Census basis, 2) reclassifications
of several end-use commodities, 3) revised seasonal and trading-day adjustments, and 4) newly
available and revised source data on balance of payments (BOP) adjustments, which are adjustments
that BEA applies to goods on a Census basis to convert them to a BOP basis. BOP adjustments are
presented as net adjustments in this release and in the FT-900.


Revised statistics on trade in services reflect 1) newly available and revised source data,
primarily from BEA’s surveys of international services transactions, 2) revised seasonal
adjustments, and 3) revised temporal distributions of quarterly source data to monthly statistics
(see the information section on page A-4 of the FT-900).

If you have questions about this update, please contact BEA’s Balance of Payments Division at

Updates to the Real (Chained-Dollar) Series

With this release and the release of the accompanying FT-900, the Census Bureau has revised
export and import prices of telecommunications equipment beginning with 2002 to incorporate
updated prices from the Federal Reserve Board’s Communications Equipment Price Indexes. This
change affects the categories Total Census Basis, Capital Goods, and Other Goods in Exhibits 9
and 9a of this release and in Exhibit 10 of the FT-900, and the categories Total Census Basis
and Non-Petroleum in Exhibit 10 of this release and in Exhibit 11 of the FT-900. The
historical chained-dollar series, which begin in 1994, have also been revised as a result of
the recalculated statistics for the base year (2009).

If you have questions or need additional information, please see the Guide to Foreign Trade
Statistics or contact the Census Bureau’s Economic Indicators Division on (800) 549-0595,
option 4, or at