“President Trump, the EU is boasting about making trillions from the USA”

Latest official EU trade statement shows shocking arrogance towards USA

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UK-US goods trade is in balance, but EU-US trade only benefits the EU27

Brexit Facts4EU.Org once again lifts the lid on the EU’s trading arrangements with the rest of the world.

In this case we are focusing on the trade statement just released by the EU Commission, regarding trade with the United States of America for 2019. Bizarrely the EU is now boasting that it makes over one hundred and fifty billion each year from its massive trade surplus with the USA

Credit: EU Commission

On Wednesday this week (11 Mar 2020), the EU Commission released a report on the EU27’s trade with the United States in 2019. This report was published in the usual way via the EU Commission’s statistics agency, Eurostat.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

For decades the EU has been making hundreds of billions of dollars out of the United States

NOTE: All figures below relate to the EU27, ie without the UK, as this is how the EU itself presented the information last week. To confirm, these figures come from the EU and we present the US version further down this article.

  • The EU boasts it made a €153bn ($170bn) surplus in goods trade with the USA in 2019
  • The EU sold over €384 billion of goods to the USA but bought only €231.7 billion in return
  • The EU has sold almost €1.7 TRILLION ($1.9 TRILLION) worth of goods to the USA since 2015
  • The EU has made nearly €0.7 TRILLION ($711 billion) on this trade since 2015

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The question for President Trump must surely be “Who loves ya, baby?”

Whilst the EU27 have been enjoying a distinctly favourable trading relationship with the United States, with ever-growing profits for the EU year-after-year, the UK and the US have been trading goods broadly in an equitable way.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

UK-US trade in goods is broadly in balance

Here we switch to official US Dept of Commerce figures, and we switch to US Dollars for the benefit of our American readers.

  • Last year the UK sold $63 billion of merchandise to the USA
  • The USA sold $69 billion of merchandise to the UK
  • There was a small surplus of $6 billion in favour of the USA
  • As usual the UK was the USA’s biggest customer in Europe – bigger than Germany
  • The UK was responsible for over 21% of all the EU’s goods purchases from the US last year

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Source: US Dept of Commerce - International Trade Administration, data for 2019

The picture is healthy between the USA and UK, but what about the EU?

Brexit Facts4EU.Org punched the numbers from the US Dept of Commerce, as well as looking at additional information from its International Trade Administration and from The Office of The United States Trade Representative.

Specifically we wanted to know – from official US figures – the size of the deficit in merchandise trade between the US and the EU27 countries.

In fact the figures are even worse than those which the EU boasts of:-

  • US merchandise trade deficit with the 27 EU countries : -$184 BILLION in 2019
  • This trade deficit has been growing every year and continues to do so

Source: International Trade Administration of the US Dept of Commerce, Mar 2020


The simple fact is that the United States runs a massive annual deficit with the EU in its trade of goods. As we have reported on many previous occasions, this massive deficit has always been down to the other major EU economies, not to the UK.

Now that the EU has started reporting on statistics for previous years as if the UK had never been a part of the EU, these facts are becoming ever starker.

We still find it extraordinary that the official statistics agency of the EU Commission is now reporting on figures for 2019 and earlier as if the UK had not been a member, but there we go. The EU mentality has always resembled that of the totalitarian Soviet Bloc. It seems the UK is now being airbrushed out of the history of the EU.

Mr President, you know who America’s real friends are

We read “The President’s 2020 Trade Agenda and Annual Report” published on Feb 28. We noted how this report put the United Kingdom above the European Union :-

“United Kingdom - As part of a trade agreement with the UK, the United States aims to achieve a fairer and deeper trade relationship with the UK by addressing certain tariff and non-tariff barriers and agreeing on high-standard rules.

“European Union - For many years, U.S. businesses have been at a disadvantage in doing business in the EU. In a fair trade agreement with the European Union, the United States seeks to eliminate EU barriers to its markets and seeks a more balanced trade relationship.”

We can only imagine what the President must be thinking as he sees how the EU is now boasting of its massive and growing trade surpluses with the United States.

Oh no, here we go again!

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[ Sources: EU Commission - Eurostat | US Dept of Commerce - International Trade Administration | The Office of The United States Trade Representative ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Sat 14 Mar 2020

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