U.S. trade deficit jumps to 10-year high in 2018

Reuters | March 06, 2019

The U.S. trade deficit surged to a 10-year high in 2018, with the politically sensitive shortfall with China hitting a record peak, despite the Trump administration slapping tariffs on a range of imported goods in an effort to shrink the gap. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday that an 18.8 percent jump in the trade deficit in December had contributed to the $621.0 billion shortfall last year. The 2018 deficit was the largest since 2008 and followed a $552.3 billion gap in 2017.

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The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is pleased to present this Submission to highlight Local Government’s priorities for consideration in the lead up to the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

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The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) is pleased to present this Submission to highlight Local Government’s priorities for consideration in the lead up to the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

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KBR, Inc. | June 17, 2022

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Siemens Government Technologies | July 29, 2022

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