WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened 1.7% in October to $63.1 billion. The politically sensitive hole in the trade of goods with China and Mexico grew.

The hole involving the goods and products and services the United States offered and what it acquired abroad rose from $62.1 billion in September, the Commerce Section reported Friday. Exports rose 2.2% to $182 billion, led by profits of plane engines. Imports enhanced 2.1% to $245.1 billion on an uptick in shipments of auto elements.

The deficit in the trade of items with China rose 9% to $26.5 billion and the hole with Mexico rose 10% to $11.8 billion.

So significantly this yr, the general gap in the trade of goods and providers with the rest of the world has risen to $536.7 billion, up 9.5% from January-October 2019.

President Donald Trump, who vowed to lower the trade deficit, has imposed tariffs on overseas metal, aluminum and on $360 billion in Chinese products. It is unclear how considerably of Trump’s aggressive trade guidelines will be retained by President-elect Joe Biden.

The coronavirus, even so, has upended trade in companies this sort of as education and learning and vacation in which the United States runs persistent surpluses. U.S. providers exports are down approximately 20% so significantly this calendar year, and America’s trade surplus in services dropped in Oct to $18.3 billion, cheapest due to the fact August 2012.

The U.S. ran an Oct deficit of $81.4 billion in the trade of products these types of as autos and appliances.

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