Imports to the United States fell by USD 1.8 billion from the previous month to USD 199.1 billion in May 2020, the lowest level since July 2010, as the coronavirus pandemic led to a fall in domestic demand. Goods purchases decreased by USD 1.3 billion led by a USD 4.4 billion slump in imports of automotive vehicles, parts, and engines and a USD 0.6 billion drop in purchases of capital goods such as computers. Meanwhile, imports of industrial supplies and materials were up USD 2.3 billion boosted by nonmonetary gold and finished metal shapes, and those of consumer goods advanced USD 1.9 billion on the back of other textile apparel and household goods as well as cell phones and other household goods. Imports of services decreased USD 0.5 billion due to travel, financial and other business services and charges for the use of intellectual property.

Imports in the United States averaged 73788.86 USD Million from 1950 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 266719 USD Million in October of 2018 and a record low of 577 USD Million in March of 1950. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Imports - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Imports - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2020. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Imports in the United States is expected to be 219000.00 USD Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in the United States to stand at 231000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Imports is projected to trend around 239000.00 USD Million in 2021 and 269000.00 USD Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United States Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
199115.00 200890.00 266719.00 577.00 1950 - 2020 USD Million Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-04-02 12:30 PM Feb $247.5B $253.8B $248.5B
2020-05-05 12:30 PM Mar $232.2B $247.6B $242.1B
2020-06-04 12:30 PM Apr $200.69B $232.52B $185.7B
2020-07-02 12:30 PM May $199.1B $200.9B $193B
2020-08-05 12:30 PM Jun $199.1B $200B
2020-09-03 12:30 PM Jul
2020-10-06 12:30 PM Aug
2020-11-04 01:30 PM Sep $209B


News Stream
US Imports Drop to Decade Low in May
Imports to the United States fell by USD 1.8 billion from the previous month to USD 199.1 billion in May 2020, the lowest level since July 2010, as the coronavirus pandemic led to a fall in domestic demand. Goods purchases decreased by USD 1.3 billion led by a USD 4.4 billion slump in imports of automotive vehicles, parts, and engines and a USD 0.6 billion drop in purchases of capital goods such as computers. Meanwhile, imports of industrial supplies and materials were up USD 2.3 billion boosted by nonmonetary gold and finished metal shapes, and those of consumer goods advanced USD 1.9 billion on the back of other textile apparel and household goods as well as cell phones and other household goods. Imports of services decreased USD 0.5 billion due to travel, financial and other business services and charges for the use of intellectual property.
2020-07-02
US Imports Plunge 13.7%
Imports to the US sank 13.7% to $200.7 billion in April of 2020, the lowest reading since July of 2010 due to the coronavirus lockdown and other restrictions imposed. Decreases were mainly seen in purchases of automotive vehicles, parts, and engines ($-14.6 billion) namely passenger cars ($-6.9 billion), automotive parts and accessories ($-4.1 billion), trucks, buses, and special purpose vehicles ($-2.3 billion); capital goods decreased $5.8 billion, namely semiconductors ($-1.4 billion), electric apparatus ($-0.8 billion), civilian aircraft ($-0.7 billion), civilian aircraft engines ($-0.7 billion); consumer goods ($-3.1 billion), namely pharmaceutical preparations ($-1.2 billion), cotton apparel and household goods ($-1.1 billion). Imports of services declined $5.4 billion to $33.3 billion due to travel ($-2.9 billion) and transport ($-2.0 billion). Imports from China increased $11.0 billion to $35.2 billion while those from Mexico fell $12.6 billion to $15.8 billion.
2020-06-04
US Imports Plunge 6.2% to Lowest Since 2016
Imports to the United States fell by USD 15.4 billion from the previous month to USD 232.2 billion in March 2020, the lowest level since November 2016, as the coronavirus pandemic led to a sharp fall in activity and demand. Goods purchases slumped USD 4.7 billion and service imports tumbled 10.7 billion on the back of travel and transport. Within goods, there were declines in imports of consumer goods (down USD 4.0 billion) in particular cell phones & other household goods and gem diamonds; and automotive vehicles, parts and engines (down USD 2.7 billion). By contrast, purchases of capital goods increased USD 1.5 billion, boosted by computers and semiconductors.
2020-05-05
US Imports Drop to Over 2-Year Low in February
Imports to the United States fell USD 6.3 billion from the previous month to USD 247.5 billion in February 2020, its lowest since October 2017, due to decreases in purchases of capital goods, in particular computers, telecommunication equipment and computer accessories; industrial supplies & materials, led by fuel oil and organic chemicals; and consumer goods. In contrast, purchases of automotive vehicles, parts, and engines rose, namely passenger cars. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, imports from China tumbled 31.4 percent to the lowest since May of 2009 and those to Canada dropped 4 percent. On the other hand, purchases rose from Japan (2.1 percent) and Mexico (2.6 percent).
2020-04-02

United States Imports
The United States is the world's second biggest importer. Main imports are: capital goods (22 percent) and consumer goods (21 percent). Others include: automotive vehicles, parts and engines (12 percent) and foods, feeds and beverages (5 percent). Shipments from China represent 21 percent of the total imports followed by Mexico (14 percent), Canada (13 percent), Japan (6 percent), and Germany (5 percent).
United States Imports by Country Last Previous
China 36598.17 31070.81 USD Million May/20
European Union 27233.31 31379.61 USD Million May/20
Euro Area 24034.13 27835.06 USD Million May/20
Canada 15869.68 14975.58 USD Million May/20
Mexico 14926.84 15829.14 USD Million May/20
Switzerland 11963.70 8395.78 USD Million May/20
Japan 7378.20 9669.36 USD Million May/20
Germany 7322.25 8437.52 USD Million May/20
South Korea 5491.23 6595.06 USD Million May/20
Ireland 5139.33 5207.91 USD Million May/20
Taiwan 4852.45 4640.88 USD Million May/20
Vietnam 4847.38 4961.68 USD Million May/20
Singapore 3383.17 3537.04 USD Million May/20
United Kingdom 3236.66 4165.01 USD Million May/20
Malaysia 2872.06 2733.01 USD Million May/20
Thailand 2826.94 2879.17 USD Million May/20
Italy 2724.39 3473.32 USD Million May/20
France 2507.91 3029.24 USD Million May/20
India 2123.62 3322.69 USD Million May/20
Hong Kong 2020.79 2380.08 USD Million May/20
United States Imports by Category Last Previous
Total Energy-related Petroluem Products 5378470.00 5482865.00 USD THO May/20
Crude Petroleum Value 3934060.00 4081073.00 USD THO May/20
Steel Products 1388836.00 1825299.00 USD THO May/20
Carbon Steel Produc 895647.00 1125368.00 USD THO May/20
Alloy Steel Products 322213.00 483553.00 USD THO May/20
Goods On A Balance of Payments Basis 164628.00 166425.00 USD Million May/20
Total Nonpetroleum 160274.79 180382.05 USD Million Apr/20
Non Petroleum 159377.00 180382.00 USD Million May/20
NAICS - Manufacturing 146671.40 147630.80 USD Million May/20
Manufactured Goods 146553.00 147453.00 USD Million May/20
Industrial Supplies 74203.00 68709.00 USD Million May/20
Capital Goods 51494.00 52282.00 USD Million May/20
Consumer Goods 43146.00 41380.00 USD Million May/20
Nonelectrical Machinery 39573.83 41848.86 USD Million Apr/20
Advanced Technology Prd 37349.00 35035.00 USD Million May/20
NAICS - Chemicals 21498.50 23944.10 USD Million May/20
Atp - Information and Communications 19898.00 18188.00 USD Million May/20
NAICS - Primary Metal Products 19880.30 17618.10 USD Million May/20
Durables, Manufactured 17717.29 18166.76 USD Million Apr/20
Automobiles & Parts (bci 616) 13516.00 30067.00 USD Million Apr/20

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