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Japan Balance of Trade

Last Release
May 2021
Actual
-187.147 JPY Billion
Forecast
-300 JPY Billion
Previous
253.1 JPY Billion
Frequency
Monthly
Units In
JPY Billion
Next Release
Jul 19, 2021
Time to Release
30 Days 6 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
1608.67 JPY Billion
Sep 2007
-2795.115 JPY Billion
Jan 2014
343.82 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's trade deficit rose to JPY 152.5 billion in December 2019 from JPY 55.7 billion a year earlier and compared with market expectations of JPY 150 billion. Exports fell 6.3 percent, the thirteenth consecutive month of decline, while imports slipped at a softer 4.9 percent. Considering full 2019, the country recorded a JPY 1643.8 billion trade deficit, the biggest gap in four years. Exports went down 5.6 percent and imports declined 5 percent.

Japan Balance of Trade History

Last 12 readings

Latest Releases and Calendar Events

DATETIMETITLE
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
Sep 18, 201909:24Japan Trade Gap Narrows as Imports Slump
Aug 19, 201908:56Japan Trade Deficit Widens in July
Jul 18, 201911:59Japan Trade Surplus Shrinks as Exports Fall Further
DATETIMEEVENTActual
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
Feb 16, 202123:50Balance of Trade-323.9 B
Jan 20, 202123:50Balance of Trade751 B
Dec 15, 202023:50Balance of Trade366.8 B

Japan trade Indicators

All Japan indicators
Indicator
Last
Previous
Min
Max
Unit
Frequency
Range
Balance of Trade
-187.15
May 2021
253.1
Apr 2021
-2,795.11
Jan 2014
1,608.67
Sep 2007
JPY BillionMonthly1963 - 2021
Capital Flows
-2,394
Apr 2021
22,769
Mar 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
1,321.8
Apr 2021
2,650.1
Mar 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
6,261.28
May 2021
7,181.11
Apr 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
167,957
Jan 2021
167,956.8
Dec 2020
-306,551
Dec 1998
8,201,764
Jun 2008
USD ThousandQuarterly1998 - 2021
Bangladesh
-77.6
Oct 2020
-78.3
Sep 2020
-209.8
May 2018
0
Aug 1992
BDT BillionMonthly1976 - 2020
Bhutan
-5,286.51
Dec 2020
7,255.77
Sep 2020
-12,698.1
Dec 2015
7,255.77
Sep 2020
BTN MillionQuarterly1991 - 2020
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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