The monthly report by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis said exports fell by $1.9 billion June to July, while imports fell by $1.8 billion. As a result, the monthly trade gap rose from $41.9 billion to $42 billion.
The deficit in goods trades fell by $200 million to $57.3 billion, while the surplus in services trades fell by $300 million to $15.3 billion.
Breaking that down, exports of goods fell by $1.9 billion to $130.8 billion, while imports of goods fell by $2.1 billion to $188.1 billion.
Exports of services were unchanged at $52.5 billion, while imports of services rose by $300 million to $37.2 billion.
Exports of industrial supplies and materials dropped $2.4 billion, the decline leading all others among goods exported to other countries. Notably, exports of automobiles and automobile parts fell by $600 million, while imports of vehicles and vehicle parts increased by $500 million.
Export declines were also posted by foods, feeds, beverages and capital goods.
Imports of industrial supplies rose by $2.1 billion, the increase leading all others among goods imported from other countries.
Among various trading partners, the trade gap with China rose from $27.4 billion to $29.4 billion. The gap shrank marginally with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, dropping from $8.5 billion to $8.4 billion. With the European Union the trading deficit rose from $8.4 billion to $12 billion.
Trade surpluses with Australia and Egypt rose by $200 million and $100 million, respectively, while trade surpluses with Hong Kong and Singapore fell by $800 million and $500 million, respectively.