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 mostly by drop in purchases of capital goods (down USD 1.2 billion) such as civilian aircraft and computers. Also, imports of consumer goods fell USD 1 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. In contrast, 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). Imports in the United States averaged 72457.06 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. 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 2020, according to our econometric models.

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United States Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
251716.00 254205.00 266816.00 577.00 1950 - 2019 USD Million Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-10-04 12:30 PM Aug $262.8B $261.4B $262.0B
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 $252B $255B


News Stream
2019-12-05
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).

2019-11-05
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).

2019-10-04
US Imports Rise 0.5% in August
Imports to the US advanced USD 1.3 billion from a month earlier to USD 262.8 billion in August 2019. Goods imports grew USD 1.2 billion to USD 213.0 billion boosted by a USD 1.9 billion surge in shipments of capital goods which reached the highest on record. In addition, consumer goods imports were up USD 1.9 billion, led by purchases of cell phones, while industrial supplies and materials imports dropped USD 1.5 billion. Imports of services, such as insurance services, rose USD 0.1 billion to USD 49.8 billion in August. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, goods imports increased from Mexico (3.1 percent), but declined from China (-0.8 percent), Canada (-0.5 percent), the EU (-5.8 percent), Japan (-3.5 percent), and Brazil (-21.7 percent).

2019-09-04
US Imports Edge Down in July
Imports of goods and services to the US decreased 0.1 percent, or USD 0.4 billion, from the previous month to USD 261.4 billion in July of 2019. Goods imports decreased USD 0.4 billion to USD 211.8 billion, mainly due to lower purchases of computers (down USD 1.4 billion). On the other hand, imports increased for industrial supplies and materials (up USD 0.9 billion) and other petroleum products (up USD 1.0 billion). Also, imports of services increased USD 0.1 billion to USD 49.6 billion, such as insurance services (up USD 0.1 billion) and other business services (up USD 0.1 billion) while those of transport fell USD 0.1 billion. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, goods imports decreased from Canada (-3.2 percent) and Mexico (-1.3 percent), but were up from China (6.4 percent), the EU (11.0 percent), Japan (8.3 percent), and Brazil (17.5 percent).

2019-08-02
US Imports Fall 1.7% in June
Imports to the US declined USD 4.6 billion from the previous month to USD 261.5 billion in June 2019. Goods imports plunged USD 4.7 billion to USD 212.3 billion due to purchases of industrial supplies and materials (down USD 3.2 billion), in particular crude oil, other petroleum products, and fuel oil; and consumer goods (down USD 0.9 billion) led by cell phones and other household goods. Imports of services were up USD 0.1 billion to USD 49.2 billion in June. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, goods imports decreased from all main partners: China (-0.7 percent), Canada (-5.2 percent), Mexico (-4.9 percent), the EU (-9.0 percent), Japan (-0.6 percent), and Brazil (-14.4 percent).

2019-07-03
US Imports Rise 3.3% MoM in May
Imports to the US increased USD 8.5 billion from the previous month, or 3.3 percent to USD 266.2 billion in May of 2019. Imports of goods increased USD 8.3 billion to USD 217.0 billion in May, boosted by purchases of automotive vehicles, parts, and engines (up USD 2.3 billion), namely passenger cars (up 1.5 billion); crude oil (up USD 1.3 billion); capital goods (up USD 1.6 billion); consumer goods (USD 1.4 billion) and other goods (up USD 1.0 billion). Also, imports of services increased USD 0.2 billion to USD 49.2 billion, mainly due to transport.


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 Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -43086.00 -46939.00 1946.00 -67823.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account -124094.00 -125210.00 9957.00 -215769.00 USD Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -2.40 -2.30 0.20 -6.00 percent [+]
Imports 251716.00 254205.00 266816.00 577.00 USD Million [+]
Exports 208630.00 207266.00 213341.00 772.00 USD Million [+]
External Debt 20421273.00 20263768.00 20421273.00 6570168.00 USD Million [+]
Terms of Trade 106.33 106.25 168.28 91.82 points [+]
Capital Flows 73136.00 -62034.00 272938.00 -194622.00 USD Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 50582.00 51113.00 55831.00 -9988.00 USD Million [+]
Net Long Term Tic Flows 22871.00 31484.00 157830.00 -72882.00 USD Million [+]
Gold Reserves 8133.46 8133.46 8149.05 8133.46 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 12655.00 12463.00 12655.00 3971.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.69 6.07 7.39 3.70 [+]
Tourism Revenues 20901.00 20837.00 21793.00 6496.00 USD Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 6712574.00 8115682.00 8418370.00 2094287.00 [+]
Weapons Sales 10508.00 12485.00 15725.00 1742.00 USD Million [+]
Goods Trade Balance -62988.00 -66693.00 1492.20 -79790.00 USD Million [+]

United States Imports by Country Last Previous
European Union 41350.66 46591.99 USD Million Nov/19
China 36468.92 40145.71 USD Million Nov/19
Euro Area 32184.07 36387.32 USD Million Nov/19
Mexico 29198.08 31055.84 USD Million Nov/19
Canada 25180.81 28560.73 USD Million Nov/19
Japan 11452.23 11567.40 USD Million Nov/19
Germany 10047.22 10706.13 USD Million Nov/19
South Korea 6143.75 6539.31 USD Million Nov/19
Vietnam 5505.85 6375.49 USD Million Nov/19
Ireland 5111.90 6127.84 USD Million Nov/19
United Kingdom 5072.09 5756.38 USD Million Nov/19
India 4504.96 5031.82 USD Million Nov/19
Italy 4500.63 4951.89 USD Million Nov/19
Taiwan 4473.35 4750.08 USD Million Nov/19
France 4267.60 5949.81 USD Million Nov/19
Switzerland 3951.34 3947.27 USD Million Nov/19
Malaysia 3502.68 4124.35 USD Million Nov/19
Thailand 2821.69 3131.65 USD Million Nov/19
Netherlands 2506.25 2691.94 USD Million Nov/19
Brazil 2387.18 2393.48 USD Million Nov/19
United States Imports by Category Last Previous
Total Energy-related Petroluem Products 12711924.00 13967075.00 USD THO Nov/19
Crude Petroleum Value 8637980.00 9790302.00 USD THO Nov/19
Steel Products 1392587.00 1764849.00 USD THO Nov/19
Carbon Steel Produc 807857.00 1084951.00 USD THO Nov/19
Alloy Steel Products 367811.00 463167.00 USD THO Nov/19
Goods On A Balance of Payments Basis 200871.00 221213.00 USD Million Nov/19
Non Petroleum 185326.00 187539.00 USD Million Nov/19
Total Nonpetroleum 185325.99 187535.87 USD Million Nov/19
NAICS - Manufacturing 174367.60 192669.20 USD Million Nov/19
Manufactured Goods 173706.00 189146.00 USD Million Nov/19
Capital Goods 60374.00 61425.00 USD Million Nov/19
Industrial Supplies 56405.00 57574.00 USD Million Nov/19
Consumer Goods 52981.00 61525.00 USD Million Nov/19
Nonelectrical Machinery 43461.84 44358.59 USD Million Nov/19
Advanced Technology Prd 42853.00 47099.00 USD Million Nov/19
NAICS - Transportation Equipment 33598.50 35122.20 USD Million Nov/19
Automobiles & Parts (bci 616) 32974.00 31748.00 USD Million Aug/19
Automotive Vehicles 31557.00 30460.00 USD Million Nov/19
Autos and Parts 30942.00 31305.00 USD Million Nov/19
Imports Of Automotive Vehicles, Parts & Engines (Fas) 30114.00 29049.00 USD Million Nov/19

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