Imports (USD billion)

Imports (USD billion)

Imports are defined as goods produced outside the boundaries of one country, which are then purchased by that country. Together with exports, imports represent the keystone of foreign trade. A country buys goods from abroad because it cannot produce them itself or because there are comparative advantages in purchasing them from abroad. Imports generally subtract growth from the national gross output, although they add to well-being. A greater proportion of imports relative to a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) indicates a country’s degree of dependence on purchases from abroad. The higher the degree, the more imports displace domestic output. Demand for imports depends on economic conditions in the buying country, as well as the exchange rate and relative prices.

The table below shows the value of imports in U.S. dollar (USD) billions for the last five years.

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Imports Data

20122013201420152016
Albania4.94.85.44.34.7
Algeria51.655.059.752.749.4
Angola29.027.828.920.712.5
Argentina68.074.465.259.855.6
Armenia3.63.83.82.82.8
Australia250233228201189
Austria162162170141144
Azerbaijan10.410.39.39.89.0
Bahrain13.213.613.315.713.6
Bangladesh35.534.136.637.739.7
Belarus45.041.138.128.325.6
Belgium434440468377378
Belize0.90.91.01.01.0
Bolivia8.69.710.79.88.5
Bosnia and Herzegovina9.09.110.38.28.4
Botswana8.08.08.27.46.1
Brazil223240229171138
Brunei3.63.63.63.22.7
Bulgaria-30.0-31.4-32.627.327.1
Cambodia11.412.813.512.012.7
Canada475473475428413
Chile75.574.868.658.755.3
China1,8191,9521,9591,6811,587
Colombia56.156.661.151.642.8
Costa Rica14.915.115.615.115.3
Cote d'Ivoire9.812.610.79.98.4
Croatia21.421.922.920.621.8
Cyprus7.36.37.07.27.9
Czech Republic128128136121121
DR Congo8.710.812.710.6-  
Denmark91.097.299.385.485.0
Dominican Republic17.816.817.316.917.5
Ecuador25.525.527.721.516.3
Egypt59.257.760.261.357.4
El Salvador10.310.810.510.49.9
Estonia18.118.518.314.514.9
Ethiopia11.812.115.416.716.4
Eurozone2,2572,2622,2951,9521,925
Finland72.773.575.757.757.9
France652658227538536
Georgia7.77.78.37.06.8
Germany1,1181,1551,1841,0171,018
Ghana17.817.614.513.512.9
Greece56.247.549.236.138.2
Guatemala15.816.417.116.415.8
Haiti3.13.33.73.43.2
Honduras11.411.011.111.110.6
Hong Kong505524545523517
Hungary94.399.310490.892.1
Iceland4.84.95.65.35.6
India490451448380380
Indonesia192187178143136
Iran68.763.670.952.4-  
Iraq59.059.353.233.2-  
Ireland72.274.282.877.979.8
Israel70.370.170.560.063.5
Italy488479475411404
Jamaica6.36.25.85.04.7
Japan885832816649606
Jordan18.519.620.418.217.1
Kazakhstan48.850.844.133.827.9
Kenya16.316.418.515.913.6
Korea520516526436406
Kosovo3.23.23.52.93.1
Kuwait24.225.427.327.226.1
Kyrgyzstan5.66.15.74.23.8
Laos3.13.14.35.24.7
Latvia16.016.816.813.913.6
Lebanon20.320.521.117.117.6
Lithuania31.634.135.428.327.4
Luxembourg24.223.724.819.719.6
Macedonia5.55.66.25.45.8
Malaysia197206209176168
Malta5.55.25.05.14.8
Mexico371381400395387
Moldova5.25.55.34.04.0
Mongolia6.76.45.23.83.4
Montenegro-  -  -  -  -  
Morocco44.845.641.733.436.7
Mozambique-  -  -  -  -  
Myanmar7.49.110.816.8-  
Netherlands499513509425421
New Zealand38.339.742.636.836.0
Nicaragua5.95.75.95.95.9
Nigeria53.451.461.652.335.2
Norway86.989.889.576.672.5
Oman25.632.027.926.5-  
Pakistan40.440.241.741.340.4
Panama28.126.625.722.520.5
Paraguay11.111.912.110.39.8
Peru41.042.441.037.335.1
Philippines62.162.465.471.184.1
Poland192199215189194
Portugal72.075.578.666.967.6
Puerto Rico46.645.042.543.243.3
Qatar30.831.531.128.531.9
Romania65.068.065.070.274.8
Russia336341308193192
Saudi Arabia142153158159124
Serbia18.019.519.617.117.9
Singapore372373362297279
Slovakia74.179.079.571.173.0
Slovenia27.127.329.825.126.1
South Africa10510110289.675.2
Spain322325362306304
Sri Lanka19.218.019.418.919.4
Sweden162160162139140
Switzerland197200204252268
Taiwan277278282237231
Tajikistan3.84.14.73.43.0
Tanzania10.311.010.99.88.6
Thailand227228210187178
Trinidad and Tobago11.612.611.39.5-  
Tunisia24.123.925.020.319.1
Turkey227242233200191
Turkmenistan9.910.010.37.8-  
USA2,3042,2942,3852,2732,208
Uganda5.35.05.15.04.3
Ukraine86.381.257.738.940.4
United Arab Emirates218230240224230
United Kingdom704662694630638
Uruguay12.311.611.39.38.0
Uzbekistan12.014.014.711.8-  
Venezuela57.257.247.5-  -  
Vietnam112133149166174
Yemen11.410.811.2-  -  
Zambia8.810.29.57.47.6

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  • Indonesia: Trade surplus falls in October

    November 14, 2017

    According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), a trade surplus of USD 0.9 billion was recorded in October (October 2016: USD 1.2 billion), undershooting the USD 1.6 billion surplus that market analysts had expected. Exports grew 18.4% annually in October, accelerating from the 15.7% expansion recorded in September.

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  • Indonesia: Trade surplus rises in September

    October 16, 2017

    According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), a trade surplus of USD 1.8 billion was recorded in September (September 2016: USD 1.3 billion), handily beating the USD 1.2 billion surplus that market analysts had expected. Exports grew 15.6% annually in September, slowing from the 19.4% expansion recorded in August.

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  • Indonesia: Trade balance rebounds with unexpectedly large surplus in August

    September 15, 2017

    According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), a trade surplus of USD 1.7 billion was recorded in August (August 2016: USD 369 million), rebounding from the one-off deficit posted in July and handily beating the USD 607 million surplus that market analysts had expected. Exports grew 19.2% annually in August, slowing from the 41.0% expansion recorded in July.

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