The federal agency says Canada's merchandise imports rose 3.9 per cent in August while exports fell 2.5 per cent.
It says imports — led by metal and non-metallic mineral products as well as energy products — hit a record high $44.8 billion.
Exports, however, fell by $44.2 billion after nine of 11 sections declined.
Imports from the United States rose 1.4 per cent to $29.7 billion, while exports fell 2.5 per cent to $33.3 billion, shrinking the trade surplus with that country to $3.5 billion in August from $4.8 billion in July.
Exports to other countries fell 2.5 per cent to $10.9 billion and imports rose 9.3 per cent to $15.1 billion, widening that trade deficit to $4.1 billion in August from $2.6 billion in July
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