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Japan exports fall 15% in August as pandemic pummels trade

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Dion Global

16 Sep 2020

Japan's trade surplus widened in August as the pandemic pummeled a wide array of industries and sapped consumer demand.

The 15 per cent drop in exports from a year earlier was outpaced by a more than 20% decline in imports, according to preliminary data from the Finance Ministry released Wednesday.

In one rare bright spot, exports to China rose 5 per cent. But both exports and imports with the US fell more than 20 per cent, helping reduce the politically sensitive trade surplus by 20 per cent to 373 billion yen (USD 3.5 billion).

Many Japanese manufacturers provide chemicals, equipment and components for products assembled in China.

Robust exports have helped drive growth in recent years but suffered as China"s economy slowed and the pandemic took hold.

The pace of the decline in exports has been lessening as pandemic-related shutdowns in China, the US and Europe eased. Exports fell 28 per cent year-on-year in May, 26 per cent in June and 19 per cent in July.

Exports in August totaled 5.23 trillion yen (USD 49 billion), outpacing 4.98 trillion yen in imports (USD 47 billion), leaving a surplus of 248 billion yen (USD 2.4 billion). That compared with a 152.2 billion yen deficit a year earlier.

Trade in most categories of products declined in August, with exports of transport equipment such as vehicles falling 23 per cent.

Exports of computers and phones rose, however, reflecting strong demand as many companies and schools adjust to remote work.

Weakness in exports to Southeast Asia took a toll, falling nearly 24 per cen, as trade and travel have languished amid strict quarantine restrictionts.

Helping to boost the trade surplus, imports of oil, gas and other fuels plunged 45 per cent, partly thanks to lower prices for many commodities.

Overall, imports have been falling for 16 straight months, in part due to lower prices for oil and other goods resource-scarce Japan must source overseas.

Despite the latest weak data, surveys of manufacturers show new export orders are recovering, said Tom Learmouth of Capital Economics.