U.S. Trade - Statistics & Facts

When it comes to trade, the United States is one of the most prominent nations in the world. In 2014, the United States ranked as the second biggest global merchandise exporting country, with a value of about 1.62 trillion U.S. dollars; which works out to 8.6 percent of total export trade. The United States also ranked as the leading merchandise importing nation in the world that year as well, with a value that amounted to about 2.41 trillion U.S. dollars, which correlates to about 12.7 percent of total import trade worldwide.


The United States can be considered the epicenter of world trade, as the nation generated over four trillion U.S. dollars in 2014. In August of 2016, California's import value of goods was about 36.34 billion U.S. dollars. As a result, the United States has come to see open trade as a means not only of advancing its own economic interests but also as a key to building peaceful relations among nations.

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