December US Trade Balance At $40.6 Billion On Expectations Of $40.5, $38.3 Billion Previously

Tyler Durden's picture

So much for a surge in the deficit. In December the US imported more than it exported by $40.6 billion, in line with expectations of $40.5 and slightly more than last month's 38.3 billion. From the release: "For December, the trade deficit increased to $40.6 billion from $38.3
billion (revised) in November. Exports increased $2.8 billion from
November to $163.0 billion in December. Goods were $116.6 billion in
December, up from $113.7 billion in November, and services were $46.4
billion in December, virtually unchanged from November. Imports
increased $5.1 billion from November to $203.5 billion in December.
Goods were $170.1 billion in December, up from $165.0 billion in
November, and services were $33.4 billion in December, virtually
unchanged from November." Curiously, ex-oil, the trade gap dropped to $15.3 billion, the lowest since March.

Complete breakdown:

Goods and Services

  • The goods and services deficit was $497.8 billion in 2010,
    up from $374.9 billion in 2009. As a percentage of U.S. gross domestic
    product, the goods and services deficit was 3.4 percent in 2010, up from
    2.7 percent in 2009.
  • Exports increased to $261.0 billion to $1,831.8 billion in 2010. Goods were $1,289.1 billion and services were $542.8 billion.
  • Imports increased $384.0 billion to $2,329.7 billion in 2010. Goods were $1,935.6 billion and services were $394.1 billion.
  • For goods, the deficit was $646.5 billion in 2010, up from
    $506.9 billion in 2009. For services, the surplus was $148.7 billion in
    2010, up from $132.0 billion in 2009.

Goods by Category (Census basis)

  • For 2010, exports of goods were up $222.1 billion from
    2009. Increases occurred in industrial supplies and materials ($94.0
    billion); capital goods ($55.5 billion); automotive vehicles, parts, and
    engines ($30.1 billion); consumer goods ($15.7 billion); foods, feeds,
    and beverages ($13.8 billion); and other goods ($13.0 billion).
  • For 2010, imports of goods were up $352.4 billion from
    2009. Increases occurred in industrial supplies and materials ($138.8
    billion); capital goods ($80.0 billion); automotive vehicles, parts and
    engines ($67.6 billion); consumer goods ($55.0 billion); foods, feeds,
    and beverages ($10.1 billion); and other goods ($1.0 billion).

Services by Category

  • For 2010, exports of services were $542.8 billion, up $40.5
    billion from 2009. Increases occurred in other private services ($13.3
    billion), which includes items such as business, professional, and
    technical services, insurance services, and financial services; travel
    ($9.3 billion); royalities and license fees ($7.5 billion); passenger
    fares ($4.8 billion); other transportation ($4.3 billion), which
    includes freight and port services; transfers under U.S. military sales
    contracts ($1.1 billion). Within other private services, the largest
    increase was in business, professional, and technical services.
  • For 2010, imports of services were $394.1 billion, up $23.8
    billion from 2009. Increases occurred in other private services ($8.0
    billion); other transportation ($7.6 billion); royalities and license
    fees ($4.1 billion); passenger fares ($2.2 billion); travel ($1.9
    billion); and U.S. government miscellaneous services ($0.2 billion).
    Within other private services, the largest increase was in business,
    professional, and technical services. A decrease occurred in direct
    defense expenditures ($0.1 billion).

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LoneStarHog's picture

I guess Citi is no good with figures/numbers.....

papaswamp's picture

Either that or the 'revision' will be large. Be interesting to see.

Internet Tough Guy's picture

Exporting all that expensive corn probably helps. Corn, the new gold.

financeguru500's picture

Bernanke to PBoC, "Would you like that in Cash or Check?"

 

101 years and counting's picture

Does the export of inflation and banking fraud go into "services" or "goods"?

 

financeguru500's picture

Well if your good enough at accounting, you can mark that exporting of inflation as profit to you thus making the trade balance smaller than it actually is.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Wow. Only 40.6 Billion dollars. In one month. What a relief.

BigJim's picture

Don't worry, Tyler. If employment had increased by a similar 0.25%, they'd show Obama dancing in the Oval Office.

f16hoser's picture

Yeah but, I'm sure we Exported 5 times that much Inflation! And, since when did Bernanke get a concious? Oh yeah, right after his banking assholes got their bonuses.

 

I'm grooming my kids to be bankers. That's where the real money is......

101 years and counting's picture

First thing you need to do is strip them of any morals they have. 

Rodent Freikorps's picture

That's wrong.

Even Jesus hated bankers.

John Law Lives's picture

The balance of trade in goods and services for the USA has been negative EVERY SINGLE MONTH since January of 1992.  No exceptions.

http://www.bea.gov/international/#trade

You can click on the link "Trade in Goods and Services, 1992-present" on the site and see the spreadsheet with the data.

What a pathetic track record the Free Traders have developed.

 

topcallingtroll's picture

Trading green pieces of paper for real goods and services? Great job as long as you can keep it.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

"What a pathetic track record the Free Traders have developed."

 well, John ,it's worked really well for multinationals like GE. I guess you didn't get the memo: free trade for banksters screw the American middle class..no John it's working just as they knew it would.

John Law Lives's picture

Thanks for the memo and the history lesson.  That had never dawned to me that the elites had a purpose in mind...

Sudden Debt's picture

THAT'S A LOT OF IPADS!!!

 

 

Tense INDIAN's picture

iv wave almost completed ......LOAD UP on those PUTS .........

 

http://markettechnicals-jonak.blogspot.com/

NOPOMO's picture

It is obvious Bernank POMO is hurting the US economy.  Hot money rushes overseas and causes inflation...reduces disposable income to buy stuff from US.  Little inflation in the US allows consumers to buy more cheap goods from overseas. 

The Bernank is wrong and will be shown the door by Mr. Market soon.

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Don't you know the Chinese have to be scratching their heads wondering where the hook is? No one can be this stupid.

OMG's picture

Looks like Benny is going to trade in his helicopter for a jet.......we will have a new & improved Ben no more Helicopter Ben it will be Benney & the jets from here on out!

Hephasteus's picture

Is this from the department of "Cool Story Bro".

Coast Watcher's picture

Dumb question, but which category includes oil imports?