Deficit At All-Time High
The U.S. trade deficit hit
a record high of $66.1 billion
for September, the government
reported Thursday. Further,
exports fell 2.6%, imports
rose 2.4%. Essentially, the
U.S. exported $105 billion
in goods/services and imported
$171.3 billion in September,
according to the Bureau of
Economic Analysis. Some of
the blame was due to the dollar,
which has reversed a two-year
slide and made European imports
cheaper and American goods
more costly. Not surprisingly,
September imports from China
were a record $23.3 billion
vs. $3.2 billion in U.S. exports
there. Walt Geer, president
Direct, a firm dedicated to helping
industry firms import from China,
calls the economics “irresistible.
In many cases we find superior quality
at a dramatically reduced cost."
will the deficit affect the promotional
products industry? Randy Chen, president
of Impax International Inc., another
firm that helps promotional products
companies import from China, says yes,
but not to a major degree. “To
put it simply, since the majority of
products are produced in China, it
helps keep our industry healthy and
suppliers and distributors more profitable.” Geer,
too, sees no hugely detrimental backlash
unless the U.S. institutes protectionist
policies against China, which would
severely affect imports.
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