United States Trade Deficit Drops Sharply, Are We In A Recovery Period?


The Commerce Department said the trade deficit fell 9.6 percent to 43.6 billion from 48.2 billion in January.

President Donald Trump is staring down his first major opportunity to make headway on his campaign pledge to level the terms of the US-China trade relationship.

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Trump's administration has ordered a study into the causes of US trade deficits and a clamp-down on import duty evasion. Exports of industrial supplies and materials were the highest since December 2015. Growth, however, is expected to rebound through the next quarter, mostly because of the recent growth in exports; which means that factories can hire more workers and produce more goods in order to meet the increased global demand. Despite the drop in the real trade deficit, trade will likely be a small drag on gross domestic product in the first quarter after subtracting 1.82 percentage points from fourth-quarter growth.

The Census Bureau figures showed America's merchandise imports from China declined by $8.6 billion in February on an unadjusted basis, the biggest drop on record. Exports to the United Kingdom soared 17.3 percent and Japan also bought more goods from the United States.

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Imports of goods and services fell 1.8% to $236.4 billion, reflecting slowing domestic demand for items such as cell phones and motor vehicles.

Imports declined in February by the most in almost a year as demand for consumer goods and automobiles waned. President Donald Trump on Friday ordered a comprehensive study to identify trade abuses by other countries that have contributed to the USA deficit, to be completed within 90 days. Still, food imports were the highest on record. Overall, exports have grown more than 7 percent on the year when compared to the same period, from one year ago.

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India's trade deficit with China was recorded at United States dollars 46.7 billion during the April-February period of the last fiscal, Parliament was informed today. "In addition, auto imports declined sharply in February after sizable advances in December and January, which turns out to be a good thing in light of the weakness reported yesterday in March unit auto sales".