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In 2013, total U.S. imports $2.744 trillion in both goods and services. This makes the U.S the world's second largest importer, after the EU.

What Does the U.S. Import?

More than 80% of U.S. imports are goods ($2.268 trillion). Slightly less than a third of this is industrial machinery and equipment ($681 billion). Of this, chemicals is the largest sub-category, at $61 billion. Next is fuel oil ($44 billion), petroleum products ($48 billion) and industrial supplies ($29 billion).

Capital goods is one fourth of all goods imported ($548 billion). This includes computers ($65 billion), computer accessories ($57 billion), and telecommunications equipment ($54 billion).

Nearly another quarter is consumer goods ($533 billion). Of this, cell phones is the largest ($90 billion), followed by pharmaceuticals ($84 billion) and apparel ($49 billion).

The fourth largest category was automotive vehicles, parts, and engines at $309 billion. Food, feeds, and beverages was the smallest category, at $115 billion. Americans import fish ($18 billion), fruit ($13 billion) and vegetables ($11 billion).

Top 10 US Imports from India

India's exports to America amounted to $43.3 billion or 1.9% of overall US imports.

  • Gems, precious metals, coins : $9.3 billion
  • Pharmaceuticals : $4.6 billion
  • Oil : $4 billion
  • Organic chemicals : $2.2 billion
  • Other textiles, worn clothing : $2.2 billion
  • Clothing (not knit or crochet) : $2 billion
  • Machines, engines, pumps : $2 billion
  • Gums, resins : $1.9 billion
  • Knit or crochet clothing : $1.4 billion
  • Electronic equipment : $1.3 billion

Fastest-Growing US Imports 2013 from the World

  • Gums, resins : Up 270.2% from 2009 ($2.8 billion)
  • Lead : Up 132% ($1.1 billion)
  • Food waste, animal fodder : Up 123.4% ($2.9 billion)
  • Iron and steel : Up 107.1% ($27 billion)
  • Cereals : Up 100.4% ($4.4 billion)
  • Fertilizers : Up 93% ($8.5 billion)
  • Vehicles : Up 89.9% ($253.3 billion)
  • Oil seed : Up 82.8% ($3.1 billion)
  • Gems, precious metals, coins : Up 80% ($67 billion)
  • Collector items, art, antiques : Up 79% ($9.1 billion)
  • Rubber : Up 76.7% ($28.7 billion)
  • Furskins and artificial fur : Up 75.4% ($434.8 million)
  • Tin : Up 73.3% ($941.2 million)
  • Copper : Up 68% ($10.8 billion)
  • Clocks and watches : Up 66.1% ($5.2 billion)
  • Other manufactured products : Up 65.5% ($5.5 billion)
  • Base metal tools, cutlery : Up 64.7% ($9.1 billion)
  • Other chemical goods : Up 64.5% ($12.5 billion)
  • Other base metal goods : Up 58.7% ($10.4 billion)
  • Aircraft, spacecraft : Up 58.6% ($29.3 billion)
  • Furniture, lighting, signs : Up 58.3% ($51.4 billion)
  • Tanning, dyeing extracts : Up 58.1% ($4 billion)
  • Leather, animal gut articles : Up 56.8% ($13.4 billion)
  • Paper yarn, woven fabric : Up 56.6% ($226.3 million)
  • Other base metals : Up 55.9% ($2.4 billion)

US Imports Data Fields

By collecting the ocean freight bill of lading for all U.S. imports in our database, US Imports provides unprecedented access to near real-time information on virtually every industry and company importing goods into the country.

For each shipment entering the U.S. by ocean, we provide access to the following information.

Additional fields available for some shipments

• phone Number • Fax Number • Email • Contact person

List Of Data Fields

Consignee The company importing the shipment into the U.S.
Consignee Address The address of the company importing the shipment into the U.S.
Shipper The overseas company exporting the shipment to the U.S.
Shipper Address The address of the overseas company exporting the shipment to the U.S.
Product Description The exporter's description of the shipment as it appears on the bill of lading or shipping manifest
Gross Weight The gross weight of the shipment, excluding the weight of the actual container. This can appear in either pounds or kilograms at the discretion of the exporter
Number Of Units The quantity of boxes customs would find if they were to open the shipment for inspection.
Volume The volume of the shipment, generally defined in cubic meters or container base measurements (CBM)
Arrival Date The date the shipment arrives within the customs territory of the U.S.
Foreign Port The last port the shipment passes through before arriving in the U.S.
Country Of Origin The country of the last foreign port the shipment passes through before arriving in the U.S.
U.S. Port The U.S. port where the shipment enters the customs territory of the U.S.
Carrier Code The four digit Standard Carrier Alpha Code of the ocean carrier or freight forwarder managing the transit of the shipment
Voyage Number A unique code assigned to that particular sailing of the ship between two ports
Vessel Name The name of the ship transporting the shipment
Ship Registered In The country where the ship is officially registered
Bill Of Lading Number The unique number assigned to this particular shipment by the ocean carrier or freight forwarder
Container Number The unique number assigned to the ocean shipping container carrying the shipment in question
Marks & Numbers Any text or numbers appearing on the cartons

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