It seems as if the tide has changed as the U.S. imported a record amount of gold from Switzerland in July. Normally, the flow of gold from the United States has been heading toward Switzerland. For example, when the U.S. exported a record 691 metric tons (mt) of gold in 2013, Switzerland received 284 mt, which accounted for 41% of the total. Compare that to the paltry 3 metric tons of gold imported from Switzerland that very same year.
However, something has changed in the market dynamics as the U.S. imported a record 23.8 mt of gold from Switzerland in July:
This next chart shows the annual imports of gold from Switzerland going back until 2000
In addition, this is the first year the U.S. has imported more gold than it has exported in several years: