Canada posts C$175 mln trade surplus in April

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By Srikanth Srinivasa | June 12, 2010 2:05 AM EST

Canada’s balance of trade with the world reached a surplus in April as imports fell more than its exports, Statistics Canada reported.

The federal agency on Thursday said Canada posted a trade surplus of C$175 million during the month after it posted a C$236-million deficit in March.

Both export and import volumes increased for a third consecutive month though at a slower pace than before, but exports fell 1 percent while imports declined 2.2 percent in April due to lower prices, the statistics agency said.

The decline in exports was led by a drop in precious metals. However, industrial goods and materials accounted for the 2.2 per cent fall in imports, the agency said.

The trade balance in March was revised downwards to a C$236 million ($228 million) deficit from a C$254 million ($250 million) surplus previously.
Here are some key facts:

- Exports of precious metals fall 27.4 percent in April

- Fertilizer exports decline 13.7 percent due to lower potash exports

- Exports of natural gas fall 20.9 percent due to lower prices and volumes

- Exports of animal products ( mink fur, and nickel ores) up.

- Imports of chemicals and plastics decline 10.0 percent due to lower imports of organic chemicals

- Imports of precious metal fall 30.8 percent

- Trade with the US flat at C$3.8 billion

- Exports to US up 0.7 percent

- Imports to US up 0.9 percent

- Exports to the EU fall 23.4 percent

- Imports to EU fell 7.0 percent

- Trade deficit with other countries (excluding US) down to C$3.6 billion from C$4 billion in March

- Exports to other countries (except US) down 5.5 percent

- Imports to other countries down 7 percent

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