Leading global merchandise importers 2018, by importing nation

This statistic shows the value of the leading merchandise importers worldwide in 2018, by importing nation. In that year, the United States was the largest merchandise importing nation in the world, with a value amounting to 2.61 trillion U.S. dollars.

Merchandise trade

The transformation of trade has been underway for some time. It is manifested most clearly in wider geographical participation in trade and the rise of international supply chain production. Technology, especially transport and communications, has been the main driver of global economic integration over the past two centuries. But political forces have also played a powerful role, sometimes helping to manage and cushion integrationist pressures, and at other times resisting or even reversing them.

Leading merchandise importers worldwide in 2018, by importing nation

Importing nationImport value in billion U.S. dollars
United States2,614
Extra-EU (28)2,337
China2,136
Japan749
Hong Kong, China628
Republic of Korea535
India511
Mexico477
Canada*469
Singapore371
Chinese Taipei286
Switzerland279
United Arab Emirates*253
Thailand250
Russian Federation249
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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Secretariat estimates

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