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Higher shipments of passenger vehicles and lightweight vehicles south of the border helped drive up Canadian exports to the United States by 2.5 per cent in June to a file $37.1 billion, Statistics Canada reported Friday.

The federal company stated imports from the United States edged up 0.Three per cent in June to $32.9 billion.

As a outcome, Canada’s commerce surplus with the United States widened from $3.3 billion in May to $4.1 billion. 

The file mark for exports to the United States comes at a time of friction in international commerce. Canada, the United States and Mexico are engaged in protracted negotiations on a brand new North American Free Trade Agreement. 

At the identical time, commerce spats have seen the United States and Canada impose tariffs on some merchandise that cross the border.  Additionally, the Trump administration has threatened to impose tariffs on vehicles shipped to the U.S. market. 

In figures additionally launched Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department stated the nation had a $2-billion US commerce deficit with Canada, up 39.7 per cent from May.

Tariffs hit metal, aluminum shipments

June was the primary month by which Canadian exports of metal and aluminum merchandise to the United States have been topic to tariffs.

Statistics Canada stated exports of metal merchandise to the United States that have been topic to a 25 per cent tariff fell 36.eight per cent, following a 40 per cent acquire from February to May. 

Exports of Canadian aluminum to the United States that have been topic to a 10 per cent tariff have been down seven per cent in June, after an increase of 28.5 per cent from February to May.

“Thus far, the tariffs appear to be reducing Canadian exports to the U.S., and will likely serve to raise the cost of imported steel and aluminum for U.S. manufacturers with little relief in sight,” TD senior economist Fotios Raptis stated in a commentary.

Smallest hole since begin of 2017

Statistics Canada stated the nation’s total merchandise commerce deficit with the world narrowed from $2.7 billion in May to $626 million in June, the smallest deficit since January 2017.

Canada’s whole exports elevated 4.1 per cent to $50.7 billion in June, the primary time they’ve topped the $50-billion mark. The rise was primarily resulting from increased exports of power merchandise and plane.

Meanwhile, total imports edged down 0.2 per cent to $51.3 billion in June.

The $626-million commerce hole was a lot smaller than the consensus forecast of economists, who had been anticipating a $2.3-billion deficit. The better-than-projected determine had some forecasters suggesting it may add stress on Canada’s central financial institution to hike rates of interest.

“The figures incrementally reinforce our expectations for a [Bank of Canada] rate hike on September 5th,” stated Derek Holt, Scotiabank’s head of capital market economics. ”

“While there always subject to revision, I’m frankly amazed that the trade deficit narrowed as much as it did after going to the most optimistic end of the range of consensus estimates,” Holt wrote in a commentary.

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