The gap was still higher than the $44 billion deficit economists had expected.
The deficit for January was revised up to $47.0 billion from $46.3 billion.
February exports were down $2.4 billion from the month prior, while February imports were down $3.6 billion.
Trade volumes are likely to be reduced further in March and April due to the parts shortages stemming from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, as well as lower imports and
The trade deficit fell 2.6% in February to $45.8 billion, the Department of Commerce reported Tuesday, due in large part to a 4.4% drop in oil imports.