Import Export

The United States now imports more than any other nation. In 2012, the largest category of imported goods was industrial supplies (which includes petroleum and its products), accounting for 32 percent of the total. Capital goods accounted for 24 percent, followed by consumer goods (23 percent), automotive vehicles, parts, and engines (13 percent), foods, feeds, and beverages (5 percent), and other goods (3 percent). The main changes for imported goods since 1992 have been a decrease in the proportion of automotive vehicles and an increase in industrial supplies. Our main import partners are China, which sends 18 percent of our imports, the European Union (16 percent), Canada (14 percent), Mexico (12 percent) and Japan (6 percent).  


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