U.S.-China Trade Total Has Eclipsed Previous World Record, Data Will Show



Ken Roberts | Forbes

Total trade between China and the United States in 2018 will prove to have been the most in history, when the U.S. Census Bureau’s shutdown-delayed annual data is released. That is despite a bruising and still-unresolved trade war and, critically, as President Trump’s deadline for a resolution approaches.

The annual data was supposed to be released today but won’t be. In fact, U.S. Census has yet to release November data.

Many of its employees, as well as those in Customs and Border Protection and elsewhere who are critical to the collection, confirmation and dissemination of export-import data, were furloughed during the longest U.S. government shutdown in history for part of December and much of January.

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