How to Calculate Net Exports

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Net exports is the difference between the amount of imports a country has to the amount of exports a country has. It is sometimes referred to as the country's balance of payments. Net exports goes into a country's gross domestic product calculation. If a country exports more than it imports, then it has a positive net exports. If a country imports more than it exports, then it has a negative net exports. In the United States, the Bureau of Economic Analysis keeps track of net exports.

Find the country's total imports. This data is available from sources such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Find the country's total exports. This data is also available from sources such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis.


Subtract the total imports from the total exports to calculate the net exports.




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Carter McBride started writing in 2007 with CMBA's IP section. He has written for Bureau of National Affairs, Inc and various websites. He received a CALI Award for The Actual Impact of MasterCard's Initial Public Offering in 2008. McBride is an attorney with a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in accounting from the University of Connecticut.

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