Last Tuesday, the United States Census Bureau and US Bureau of Economic Analysis announced a goods and services trade deficit of 63.2 billion USD over the month of November, down 1.3 billion from October. This decrease reflects extremely well on American businesses and the country at large, promising future growth and better trade prospects for American businesses looking to import from international markets or export to them.
While the data used in this report isn’t new, the compilation of this Customs data as an aggregate by the US Census Bureau has brought to attention a few key takeaways:
Decreased goods deficit: The deficit in goods trade narrowed from $89.4 billion in October to $89.4 billion in November, driven by a $5.4 billion decline in exports and a $6.0 billion decline in imports. This suggests that American manufacturers are finding new markets and opportunities abroad, while domestic demand for imported goods is moderating.
Increased services surplus: The surplus in services trade rose from $26.1 billion in October to $26.1 billion in November, fueled by a $0.6 billion increase in exports and a $0.1 billion decrease in imports. This highlights the continued strength of the U.S. services sector, which remains a key driver of the American economy.
Shifting trade patterns: The largest deficits in goods trade continued to be with China, the European Union, and Mexico, while the largest surpluses were with South and Central America, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. These trends indicate the diversification of U.S. trade relationships, with American businesses increasingly finding success in emerging, foreign markets over domestic ones.
What does this mean for American businesses?
In a nutshell, this reduction in the amount of debt America owes its trade partners will mean more leverage in international trade negotiations for America and her people.
More specifically, the narrowing of the trade deficit and the continued strength of the services sector present some fantastic opportunities for American businesses. By focusing on exports of high-quality goods and services, particularly to growing markets with larger budgets and increasing demands like China and South America, American companies can capitalize on America's stronger position in the global market. The report is also encouraging for international businesses looking to sell products to the United States, or for people looking to invest in the US dollar over the coming months.
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