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Japan Balance of Trade

Last Release
Aug 2021
Actual
-635.4 JPY Billion
Forecast
N/A
Previous
439.4 JPY Billion
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
JPY Billion
Next Release
N/A
Time to Release
N/A
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
1608.67 JPY Billion
Sep 2007
-2795.115 JPY Billion
Jan 2014
342.62 JPY Billion1963 - 2021N/A
Between 1980 and 2010 Japan had been recording trade surpluses every year due to rising exports. However, the trade balance swung to deficit in 2011, as the Fukushima nuclear disaster forced the country to increase its purchases of fossil fuels and gas in the wake of weaker yen. The surplus was back in 2016 and 2017, but in 2018 and 2019 Japan's trade balance shifted back into deficit amid persistent trade tensions between the US and China, and sluggish global growth. In 2019, Japan reported the biggest trade surpluses with the US, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the Netherlands. The biggest trade deficits were recorded with China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar.

Latest Updates

Japan posted a trade deficit of JPY 635.36 billion in August 2021, compared with market consensus of a gap of JPY 47.7 billion and reversing from a surplus of JPY 227.98 billion in the same month a year earlier. This was the first trade deficit since May, as exports rose by 26.2 percent year-on-year to JPY 6,606 billion while imports rose at a steeper 44.7 percent to JPY 7,241 billion. Considering the first eight months of the year, the country registered a trade gap of JPY 807.85 billion, down sharply from a deficit of JPY 1,273.02billion in the same period of 2020.

Japan Balance of Trade History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
Sep 16, 202100:26Japan Trade Gap Wider than Expected
Aug 18, 202100:17Japan Trade Surplus Beats Forecasts
Jul 21, 202100:12Japan Trade Surplus Below Market Estimates
Jan 23, 202009:57Japan Trade Gap Widens in December
Dec 18, 201910:25Japan Trade Deficit Narrows in November
Nov 20, 201910:34Japan Trade Balance Swings to Surplus
Oct 21, 201909:10Japan Trade Balance Swings to Deficit in September
DATETIMEEVENTActual
Sep 15, 202123:50Balance of Trade-635.4 B
Aug 17, 202123:50Balance of Trade441 B
Jul 20, 202123:50Balance of Trade383.2 B
Jun 15, 202123:50Balance of Trade-187.1 B
May 19, 202123:50Balance of Trade255.3 B
Apr 18, 202123:50Balance of Trade663.7 B
Mar 16, 202123:50Balance of Trade217.4 B

Japan trade Indicators

All Japan indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Balance of Trade
-635.4
Aug 2021
439.4
Jul 2021
-2,795.11
Jan 2014
1,608.67
Sep 2007
JPY BillionMonthly1963 - 2021
Capital Flows
9,569
Jul 2021
-6,738
Jun 2021
-26,928
Mar 1993
51,996
Mar 2016
JPY HMLMonthly1985 - 2021
Crude Oil Production
4
Nov 2019
4
Oct 2019
3
Oct 2018
13
Oct 1996
BBL/D/1KMonthly1994 - 2019
Current Account
1,910.8
Jul 2021
905.1
Jun 2021
-1,456.11
Jan 2014
3,360.4
Mar 2007
JPY BillionMonthly1985 - 2021
Current Account to GDP
3.2
Dec 2020
3.6
Dec 2019
-1
Dec 1980
4.7
Dec 2007
% of GDPYearly1980 - 2020
Exports
6,605.76
Aug 2021
7,356.05
Jul 2021
105.08
Jan 1963
7,681.69
Mar 2008
JPY BillionMonthly1963 - 2021

Balance of Trade across Asia

Balance of Trade global view
Country
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Afghanistan
-5,760.9
Dec 2020
-5,912.95
Dec 2019
-8,517.9
Dec 2012
-1,660.9
Dec 2005
USD MillionYearly2003 - 2020
Azerbaijan
1,548,839
Mar 2021
167,957
Jan 2021
-306,551
Dec 1998
8,201,764
Jun 2008
USD ThousandQuarterly1998 - 2021
Bangladesh
-218.4
Jun 2021
-77.6
Oct 2020
-218.4
Jun 2021
0
Aug 1992
BDT BillionMonthly1976 - 2021
Bhutan
-9,612.77
Mar 2021
-5,286.51
Dec 2020
-12,698.1
Dec 2015
7,255.77
Sep 2020
BTN MillionQuarterly1991 - 2021
Brunei
210.3
Dec 2019
140.7
Nov 2019
34.1
Jul 2015
2,971.45
Sep 2008
BND MillionMonthly2005 - 2019
Cambodia
-1,422.4
Sep 2019
-621.1
Aug 2019
-3,753
Dec 2013
363.2
Aug 2017
KHR BillionMonthly2009 - 2019

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