U.S. imports of trade goods from China 1985-2019

In 2019, Chinese exports of trade goods to the United States amounted to about 452.24 billion U.S. dollars; a significant increase from 1985 levels, when imports from China amounted to about 3.86 billion U.S. dollars.

U.S. exports to China

Compared to U.S. imports from China, the value of U.S. exports to China in 2019 amounted to 106.63 billion U.S. dollars. China is the United States’ largest trading partner, while China was the United States third largest goods export market. Some of the leading exports to China in the agricultural sector included soybeans, cotton, and pork products. Texas was the leading state that exported to China in 2018 based on total value of goods exports, at 16.3 billion U.S. dollars.

U.S. - China trade war

The trade war between the United States and China is an economic conflict between two of the world’s largest national economies. It started in 2018 when U.S. President Donald Trump started putting tariffs and trade barriers on China, with the intent to get China to conform to Trump’s wishes. President Trump claimed that China has unfair trade businesses. As a result of this trade war, it has caused a lot of tension between the U.S. and China. Nearly half of American companies impacted by the U.S.-China trade tariffs said that the trade war increased their cost of manufacturing. The healthcare product industry has suffered the most from the trade war in regards to reduced profits.

Volume of U.S. imports of trade goods from China from 1985 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

1985 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Goods are Merchandise, supplies, raw materials, and products or any other item identified by a Harmonized System (HS) code.

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