Japan posted a trade deficit of JPY 622.76 billion in September 2021, compared with market consensus of a gap of JPY 519.2 billion and reversing from a surplus of JPY 667.36 billion in the same month a year earlier. This was the second straight month of trade deficit, as exports rose by 13.0 percent year-on-year to JPY 6,841 billion while imports rose at a steeper 38.6 percent to JPY 7,241 billion. Considering the first nine months of the year, the trade gap was at JPY 152.61 billion, down sharply from a deficit of JPY 605.66 billion in the same period of 2020. source: Ministry of Finance, Japan

Balance of Trade in Japan averaged 341.01 JPY Billion from 1963 until 2021, 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 October of 2021.

Balance of Trade in Japan is expected to be 0.00 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 2022 and 160.00 JPY Billion in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Japan Balance of Trade


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-09-15 11:50 PM Aug ¥-635.4B ¥439.4B ¥-47.7B ¥-60B
2021-10-19 11:50 PM Sep ¥-622.8B ¥-637.2B ¥-519.2B ¥ -500B
2021-11-17 11:50 PM Oct ¥-622.8B


News Stream
Japan Trade Gap Larger than Expected
Japan posted a trade deficit of JPY 622.76 billion in September 2021, compared with market consensus of a gap of JPY 519.2 billion and reversing from a surplus of JPY 667.36 billion in the same month a year earlier. This was the second straight month of trade deficit, as exports rose by 13.0 percent year-on-year to JPY 6,841 billion while imports rose at a steeper 38.6 percent to JPY 7,241 billion. Considering the first nine months of the year, the trade gap was at JPY 152.61 billion, down sharply from a deficit of JPY 605.66 billion in the same period of 2020.
2021-10-20
Japan Trade Gap Wider than Expected
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.
2021-09-16
Japan Trade Surplus Beats Forecasts
Japan posted a trade surplus of JPY 441.02 billion in July 2021, shifting from a deficit of JPY 14.76 billion in the same month a year earlier and exceeding market consensus of a surplus of JPY 202.3 billion. Exports jumped 37 percent year-on-year to JPY 7,356 billion while imports rose at a softer 28.5 percent to JPY 6,915 billion. Considering the first seven months of the year, the country registered a trade gap of JPY 172.49 billion, down sharply from a deficit of JPY 1,501 billion in the same period of 2020.
2021-08-18

Japan Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Balance of Trade -622.76 JPY Billion Sep/21 -637.17 1608.68 -2795.12
Current Account 1665.60 JPY Billion Aug/21 1910.80 3360.38 -1456.11
Exports 6841.19 JPY Billion Sep/21 6605.09 7681.69 105.08
Imports 7463.95 JPY Billion Sep/21 7242.26 8047.03 162.06
External Debt 508031.00 JPY Billion Jun/21 518941.00 518941.00 141743.00
Foreign Direct Investment 15638.96 JPY HML Aug/21 20516.83 70685.73 -17769.51
Capital Flows 24541.00 JPY HML Aug/21 9569.00 51996.00 -26928.00


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.