The deficit has now risen for six straight months.
Overall, February imports were $262bn, rising 1.7% from January amid ramped up spending on items such as civilian aircrafts, computers and food. In March, he slapped tariffs on imported steel and aluminum but exempted most major countries except China and Japan.
The broadening gap comes as President Donald Trump pursues an increasingly fraught battle with the world's largest economies to right the yawning U.S. trade imbalance, sparking fears of a trade war. Inbound shipments also included jumps in aircraft, pharmaceutical preparations and furniture and household goods. Improving global growth and a weaker dollar have been supporting overseas sales of American-made goods.
The February result overshot the expectations of economists, who were calling for the trade deficit to hold steady at January's level, previously the highest since October 2008. The White House is seeking to cut US$100 billion, or about 25 per cent, from the annual deficit with China.
Meanwhile, imports grew 1.9 percent on a 15.4-percent surge in shipments of energy products due to higher demand for crude oil and crude bitumen.
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Screnock told the crowd at his election watch party he was unable to get in touch with Dallet to congratulate her on her win. Scholz said Dallet was able to reach voters in areas of the state former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost in 2016.
"With the Bank of Canada in data dependent mode, this morning's report is not going to do much to pull them off the sidelines", Dina Ignjatovic, an economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank, in a research note.
The trade gap has continued to rise since Trump entered the White House partly because the USA economy is strong and American consumers have an appetite for imported products and the confidence and financial wherewithal to buy them.
Canada posted a 2.7 billion Canadian dollar (USD2.1 billion) trade deficit in February, as trade with its neighbor the United States increased, the government announced today.
The central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate three times since July to 1.25 percent but has anxious about a number of uncertainties, including the impact of past rate hikes on highly indebted Canadians and the outlook for trade. Exports and imports of goods account for about three-fourths of America's total trade.
Trump campaigned on a pledge to take aggressive action to reduce America's massive trade deficits.