Japan reported a trade deficit of JPY 412.39 billion in March 2022, compared with market consensus of a gap of JPY 100.8 billion and reversing from a surplus of JPY 615.63 billion in the same month a year earlier. The latest figure marked the eighth straight month of trade shortfall, as exports grew by 14.7% yoy to JPY 8,460.9 billion while imports jumped 31.2% to JPY 8,873.3 billion. Considering the first three month of the year, Japan posted a trade deficit of JPY 3,274.2 billion, compared to a surplus of JPY 464.4 billion in the corresponding period of 2021. source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Balance of Trade in Japan averaged 330.70 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 1608.68 JPY Billion in September of 2007 and a record low of -2795.12 JPY Billion in January of 2014. This page provides - Japan Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Japan Balance of Trade - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2022.

Balance of Trade in Japan is expected to be 300.00 JPY Billion by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Japan Balance of Trade is projected to trend around 500.00 JPY Billion in 2023 and 160.00 JPY Billion in 2024, according to our econometric models.

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Japan Balance of Trade



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-03-15 11:50 PM Feb ¥-668.3B ¥-2193.5B ¥-112.6B ¥-150B
2022-04-19 11:50 PM Mar ¥-412.4B ¥-669.7B ¥-100.8B ¥ -100B
2022-05-18 11:50 PM Apr ¥-412.4B ¥-1150B ¥-1000B


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Balance of Trade -412.39 -669.66 JPY Billion Mar 2022
Current Account 2549.30 1648.30 JPY Billion Mar 2022
Exports 8460.92 7189.88 JPY Billion Mar 2022
Imports 8873.31 7859.54 JPY Billion Mar 2022
External Debt 530973.00 529795.00 JPY Billion Dec 2021
Foreign Direct Investment 1125.04 5009.23 JPY HML Mar 2022
Capital Flows 14764.00 10608.00 JPY HML Mar 2022

Japan Balance of Trade
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.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-412.39 -669.66 1608.68 -2795.12 1963 - 2022 JPY Billion Monthly
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News Stream
Japan Trade Gap Widens More than Expected
Japan reported a trade deficit of JPY 412.39 billion in March 2022, compared with market consensus of a gap of JPY 100.8 billion and reversing from a surplus of JPY 615.63 billion in the same month a year earlier. The latest figure marked the eighth straight month of trade shortfall, as exports grew by 14.7% yoy to JPY 8,460.9 billion while imports jumped 31.2% to JPY 8,873.3 billion. Considering the first three month of the year, Japan posted a trade deficit of JPY 3,274.2 billion, compared to a surplus of JPY 464.4 billion in the corresponding period of 2021.
2022-04-19
Japan Posts Larger-than-Expected Trade Gap
Japan reported a trade deficit of JPY 668.26 billion in February 202, compared with market consensus of a gap of JPY 112.6 billion and a surplus of JPY 175.93 billion in the same month a year earlier. The latest figure marked the seventh straight month of trade shortfall, as exports grew by 19.1% yoy to JPY 7,190.1 billion while imports jumped 34.0% to JPY 7,858.3 billion. Considering the first two month of the year, Japan posted a trade deficit of JPY 2,861.8 billion, soaring from a shortfall of JPY 151.2 in the corresponding period of 2021. Last year, the trade gap was at JPY 1,472.16 billion as exports expanded 21.5 percent and imports advanced at a faster 24.3 percent, compared with a surplus of JPY 388.29 billion in 2020.
2022-03-16
Japan Posts Largest Trade Gap in 8 Years
Japan's trade deficit jumped sharply to JPY 2,191.1 billion in January 2022 from JPY 327.2 billion in the same month a year earlier and compared with market consensus of a gap of JPY 1,607 billion. This was the sixth straight month of trade shortfall and the largest figure since January 2014, with imports jumping 39.6% yoy to a fresh peak of JPY 8,523.1 billion amid strong domestic demand and soaring commodity prices. Meantime, sales increased at a softer 9.6 percent to JPY 6,332 billion. In 2021, the trade gap was at JPY 1,472.16 billion as exports expanded 21.5 percent and imports advanced at a faster 24.3 percent, compared with a surplus of JPY 388.29 billion in 2020.
2022-02-17