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Delay of publication of monthly Canadian international merchandise trade data

Released: 2019-02-05

As noted in the January 17 publication "Impacts of the US government shutdown on the upcoming release of Canadian international merchandise trade data," the February 5 release for the December 2018 reference month will not occur as originally planned and will be released at a later date.

Statistics Canada sources its data on Canada's exports to the United States from the United States Census Bureau (USCB), and the recent shutdown of the US government resulted in a delay in the transmission of the data files from the USCB to Statistics Canada. As a result, Statistics Canada must postpone the release of data for the December reference month. This includes the publication of the analytical report in The Daily, as well as updates to data tables and the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database (Catalogue number65F0013X) for current reference month data and revisions to previous months' data. Other products will also be affected by this delay, including the trade tables in the Just the Facts page, and those in the Canada and the World Statistics Hub.

With the US federal government reaching a temporary resolution to the shutdown on January 25, Statistics Canada is currently consulting with the USCB on a new joint release date for international merchandise trade data for reference month December 2018. This date will be communicated to the public as soon as it is established. Note that because of the duration of the shutdown, the planned release date for the January 2019 reference month will likely be affected, and release dates for subsequent reference months could also be affected.

All efforts are being made to incorporate data on Canada's exports to the United States for the December 2018 reference month into fourth quarter releases on Canada's balance of international payments, and gross domestic product, which will be published on February 28 and March 1, respectively.

Contact information

For more information, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; STATCAN.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.STATCAN@canada.ca).

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