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1,000-Word Charts: U.S. and Canada's Foreign Trade

Alex Carrick
1,000-Word Charts: U.S. and Canada's Foreign Trade

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

At the same time, though, there are many topics (e.g., relating to demographics, housing starts, etc.) that cry out for compelling ‘shorthand’ visualizations.

Whichever path is followed, the point of the journey, almost always, is to reach a bottom line or two.

To provide additional value, ConstructConnect is now pleased to offer an ongoing series of 1,000-word charts.

These will help readers sort out the ‘big picture’ more clearly.

These 1,000-word charts look at the latest U.S. and Canadian foreign trade goods and services balances as of March 2021.

Graph 1: United States’ Foreign Trade: Goods and Services Balance − March 2021

In Mar. 2021, the U.S. trade deficit was +5.6% m/m and +57.6% y/y (i.e., more than half again worse than what it was in Mar. 2020). March 2021 marked a new record shortfall.

The last data point is for March 2021.
Based on seasonally adjusted monthly figures, projected at an annual rate.

Data source: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
Chart: ConstructConnect.

Graph 2: Canada’s Foreign Trade: The Merchandise Trade Balance − March 2021

Traditionally, Cdn exports going to the U.S. have been 3/4 of total; with imports from the U.S. at 2/3 of total. In Mar. 2021, the respective shares were a little off their usual patterns, 72.2% & 62.3%. Purchases from China were 11.0% of total Cdn imports.

The last data point is for March 2021.
Based on seasonally adjusted monthly figures, projected at an annual rate.

Data source: Statistics Canada.
Chart: ConstructConnect.


Please click on the following link to view the latest Foreign Trade charts and tables: CanaData Forecaster Charts & Tables – Foreign Trade


Alex Carrick is Chief Economist for ConstructConnect. He has delivered presentations throughout North America on the U.S., Canadian and world construction outlooks. Mr. Carrick has been with the company since 1985. Links to his numerous articles are featured on Twitter @ConstructConnx, which has 50,000 followers.


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