Canada’s merchandise exports increased 5.1% in March and imports rose 1.7%. As a result, Canada’s trade balance went from a deficit of $1.2 billion in February to a surplus of $24 million in March.
Exports grew to $40.5 billion in March, and have been on an upward trend since July 2012. Gains were recorded in all sections during the month and export volumes were up 5.1%.
Imports rose for a third consecutive month to reach $40.4 billion, their second highest value on record. The main contributors to the monthly increase were energy products and metal and non-metallic mineral products. Overall, prices grew 1.4% and volumes were up 0.3%.
Exports to the United States rose 4.0% to $29.5 billion in March, on higher exports of motor vehicles and parts and energy products. Imports from the United States were up 2.0% to $25.6 billion, a third consecutive monthly advance. Consequently, Canada’s trade surplus with the United States increased from $3.2 billion in February to $3.8 billion in March.
Exports to countries other than the United States rose 7.9% to $11.0 billion in March. All principal trading areas registered gains, with Japan (+25.2%) recording the largest percentage increase. Imports from countries other than United States grew 1.2% to $14.8 billion. As a result, Canada’s trade deficit with countries other than the United States decreased from $4.4 billion in February to $3.8 billion in March. Read more here.