Merchandise Trade Balance Monthly – Japan

The Merchandise Trade Balance is a measure of “visible” trade, which is trade in goods like cars and electronics. Specifically it is the difference between Japan ‘s imports of goods and exports of goods, excluding services. A positive value indicates a trade surplus (exports exceed imports) while a negative value indicates a trade deficit (imports exceed exports). Movements in the Merchandise Trade Balance reflect altered demand for Japanese Yen, which can move the value of the currency. Positive growth in the trade balance may lead to a future appreciation of the Yen due to steady demand in exchange for Japanese exports.

The Merchandise Trade report itself gives insight into changing trends regarding Japanese trade. Such developments are especially important for Japan , which is an export-oriented economy that has historically experienced large trade surpluses, any affect on this could have dramatic affect on the domestic economy. The headline figure is expressed as a percentage change from the last equivalent period, and a positive percentage change can indicate that export growth has exceeded import growth.

Relevance : Tends to move markets on release
Release schedule : 23:50 (GMT); monthly, in the fourth week following the reporting month.
Revisions schedule : Few or no revisions
Source of report : Ministry of Finance, Customs Office ( Japan )
Web Address : http://www.mof.go.jp , http://www.customs.go.jp
Address of release : http://www.customs.go.jp/toukei/shinbun/happyou_e.htm
AKA : Merchandise Trade Surplus/ Deficit

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