Imports to the US rose USD 6.8 billion to USD 258.5 billion in December 2019 from the previous month's two-year low. Goods purchases climbed to a seven-month high after declining for three consecutive months, led by imports of industrial supplies and materials (up USD 4.0 billion) such as crude oil, nonmonetary gold and other petroleum products. Other goods purchases also increased USD 1.2 billion, and imports of services, including travel and transport, were up USD 0.4 billion. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, imports rose from Canada (8.7 percent), the EU (2.3 percent) and Japan (0.7 percent), but declined from China (-7.7 percent) and Mexico (-5.4 percent).

Imports in the United States averaged 72677.87 USD Million from 1950 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 266816 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. source: U.S. Census Bureau

Imports in the United States is expected to be 265000.00 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 268000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United States Imports is projected to trend around 269000.00 USD Million in 2021, according to our econometric models.


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United States Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
258517.00 251754.00 266816.00 577.00 1950 - 2019 USD Million Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-11-05 01:30 PM Sep $258.4B $262.9B $257.6B
2019-12-05 01:30 PM Oct $254B $259B $253.2B
2020-01-07 01:30 PM Nov $252B $254B $251.1B
2020-02-05 01:30 PM Dec $258.5B $251.8B $258B
2020-03-06 12:30 PM Jan $258.5B
2020-04-02 12:30 PM Feb
2020-05-05 12:30 PM Mar $ 265B
2020-06-04 12:30 PM Apr


News Stream
US Imports Jump as Goods Purchases Hit 7-Month High
Imports to the US rose USD 6.8 billion to USD 258.5 billion in December 2019 from the previous month's two-year low. Goods purchases climbed to a seven-month high after declining for three consecutive months, led by imports of industrial supplies and materials (up USD 4.0 billion) such as crude oil, nonmonetary gold and other petroleum products. Other goods purchases also increased USD 1.2 billion, and imports of services, including travel and transport, were up USD 0.4 billion. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, imports rose from Canada (8.7 percent), the EU (2.3 percent) and Japan (0.7 percent), but declined from China (-7.7 percent) and Mexico (-5.4 percent).
2020-02-05
US Imports Fall to 2-Year Low in November
Imports to the US dropped USD 2.5 billion from a month earlier to USD 251.7 billion in November 2019, the lowest level since October 2017, led by declines in capital goods purchases (down USD 1.2 billion) such as civilian aircraft and computers. Also, consumer goods imports fell USD 1.0 billion on the back of cell phones and other household goods, and artwork and other collectibles; while industrial supplies and materials purchases decreased USD 0.6 billion. Crude oil imports tumbled to 166.4 million barrels, the lowest since February 1992. Still, purchases of automotive vehicles, parts, and engines were up USD 1.1 billion; and imports of services rose USD 0.4 billion. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, goods imports dropped from all main partners: China (-9.2 percent); the EU (-11.2 percent); Canada (-11.8 percent); Mexico (-6.0 percent); Japan (-1.0 percent); and Brazil (-0.3 percent).
2020-01-07
US Imports Drop 1.7% to Near 2-Year Low
Imports to the US slumped USD 4.3 billion from a month earlier to USD 254.3 billion in October 2019, the lowest since November 2017. Goods imports declined USD 4.5 billion to USD 204.1 billion led by a USD 2.4 billion fall in consumer goods purchases such as pharmaceutical preparations, cellphones and other household items, cotton apparel and household goods, and toys, games and sporting goods. In addition, imports of motor vehicles and parts dropped USD 1.8 billion. Imports of services increased USD 0.1 billion to USD 50.2 billion in October. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, goods imports dropped from Brazil (-2.4 percent) and China (-0.2 percent), but rose from the EU (12.4 percent), Japan (6.8 percent), Mexico (5.2 percent) and Canada (6.1 percent).
2019-12-05
US Imports Drop 1.7% in September
Imports to the US slumped USD 4.4 billion from a month earlier to USD 258.4 billion in September 2019. Goods imports declined USD 4.5 billion to USD 208.6 billion led by a fall in consumer goods purchases (down USD 2.5 billion) such as cell phones & other household goods, and toys, games & sporting equipment. In addition, imports of semiconductors decreased USD 0.6 billion, and those of automobiles slid USD 1.1 billion. Imports of services increased USD 0.1 billion to USD 49.9 billion in September. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, goods imports dropped from Japan (-13.0 percent), China (-2.3 percent), Mexico (-4.9 percent), the EU (-4.3 percent), but rose from Canada (0.7 percent) and Brazil (1.6 percent).
2019-11-05

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
European Union 42321.91 41350.66 USD Million Dec/19
China 33668.39 36468.92 USD Million Dec/19
Euro Area 32593.45 32184.07 USD Million Dec/19
Mexico 27619.21 29198.08 USD Million Dec/19
Canada 27371.40 25180.81 USD Million Dec/19
Japan 11536.37 11452.23 USD Million Dec/19
Germany 10640.97 10047.22 USD Million Dec/19
South Korea 6719.22 6143.75 USD Million Dec/19
Vietnam 5780.59 5505.85 USD Million Dec/19
United Kingdom 5577.67 5072.09 USD Million Dec/19
Ireland 5045.64 5111.90 USD Million Dec/19
Taiwan 4818.92 4473.35 USD Million Dec/19
Italy 4745.10 4500.63 USD Million Dec/19
India 4279.46 4504.96 USD Million Dec/19
Switzerland 4196.10 3951.34 USD Million Dec/19
France 3952.00 4267.60 USD Million Dec/19
Malaysia 3846.43 3502.68 USD Million Dec/19
Thailand 2865.24 2821.69 USD Million Dec/19
Brazil 2608.45 2387.18 USD Million Dec/19
Netherlands 2365.13 2506.25 USD Million Dec/19
United States Imports by Category Last Previous
Total Energy-related Petroluem Products 14484902.00 12711924.00 USD THO Dec/19
Crude Petroleum Value 10249822.00 8637980.00 USD THO Dec/19
Steel Products 1403337.00 1392587.00 USD THO Dec/19
Carbon Steel Produc 815481.00 807857.00 USD THO Dec/19
Alloy Steel Products 337742.00 367811.00 USD THO Dec/19
Goods On A Balance of Payments Basis 203988.00 200871.00 USD Million Dec/19
Non Petroleum 188822.00 185326.00 USD Million Dec/19
Total Nonpetroleum 188821.83 185325.99 USD Million Dec/19
NAICS - Manufacturing 174334.10 174367.60 USD Million Dec/19
Manufactured Goods 173588.00 173706.00 USD Million Dec/19
Capital Goods 61091.00 60374.00 USD Million Dec/19
Industrial Supplies 60860.00 56405.00 USD Million Dec/19
Consumer Goods 49946.00 52981.00 USD Million Dec/19
Nonelectrical Machinery 44011.62 43461.84 USD Million Dec/19
Advanced Technology Prd 43081.00 42853.00 USD Million Dec/19
NAICS - Transportation Equipment 33764.00 33598.50 USD Million Dec/19
Automobiles & Parts (bci 616) 32974.00 31748.00 USD Million Aug/19
Automotive Vehicles 31189.00 31557.00 USD Million Dec/19
Autos and Parts 30071.00 30942.00 USD Million Dec/19
Imports Of Automotive Vehicles, Parts & Engines (Fas) 29777.00 30114.00 USD Million Dec/19

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