August 3, 2009
News Release 09-057
Inv. No. 332-345
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Merchandise Trade Deficit Grew 3 percent; Imports Up 8 percent; Exports Up 12 percent in 2008

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2008, an annual compendium of data and analysis examining changes in trade with key U.S. partners and in crucial U.S. industries, was released today by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC).

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, releases the information in a web-based format that focuses on reasons for key shifts in trade, provides more detail, and can be searched by country or commodity sector.

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2008 can be accessed at:

Users will find a comprehensive review of U.S. trade performance in 2008, focusing on changes in U.S. exports, imports, and trade balances of key natural resource, agricultural, and manufacturing industries, as well as changes in U.S. trade with major partners and groups. Also included are profiles of the U.S. industry and market for over 250 industry/commodity groups and subgroups, offering data for 2004 08 on consumption, production, employment, and trade.

The report examines:

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2008 is also available as a CD-ROM. Users can obtain the CD- ROM version through the "Order CD-ROM" link on the web site, calling 202-205-2000 or by writing to the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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