USITC Releases Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2016

September 29, 2017
News Release 17-139
Inv. No. 332-345
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Releases Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2016

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade, 2016 is now available on the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) web site.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan federal agency, is providing data only in the 2016 edition of its annual interactive, web-based report. 

This year’s report provides trade data for 10 sectors, as well as data reflecting changes in U.S. bilateral trade with eight partners and/or regions, including Canada, Mexico, and the North American Free Trade Agreement area as a whole; China; the European Union, Asia, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and sub-Saharan Africa.

Among the 10 sectors covered in the report, the USITC found:

  • U.S. total exports fell in 2016 by $50.0 billion (3.5 percent) from $1,413.8 billion in 2015.
  • U.S. general imports decreased in 2016 by $60.8 billion (3.0 percent) to $1,978.2 billion.
  • With the exception of agriculture, exports of all sectors declined in 2016.
  • With the exception of agriculture, forest products, and electronics, imports of all sectors declined in 2016.

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2016 can be accessed at https://www.usitc.gov/research_and_analysis/trade_shifts_2016/index.htm.

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