World Imports 1970-2021

Imports of goods and services represent the value of all goods and other market services received from the rest of the world. They include the value of merchandise, freight, insurance, transport, travel, royalties, license fees, and other services, such as communication, construction, financial, information, business, personal, and government services. They exclude compensation of employees and investment income (formerly called factor services) and transfer payments. Data are in current U.S. dollars.
  • World imports for 2020 was $21,752.58B, a 10.66% decline from 2019.
  • World imports for 2019 was $24,347.77B, a 1.53% decline from 2018.
  • World imports for 2018 was $24,725.78B, a 9.77% increase from 2017.
  • World imports for 2017 was $22,525.38B, a 10.17% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Billions of US $
World $21,752.58B
OECD members $13,401.40B
East Asia & Pacific $6,514.75B
European Union $6,497.76B
Euro Area $5,376.97B
Latin America & Caribbean $1,226.14B
South Asia $627.32B
Sub-Saharan Africa $401.20B
World Imports - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2020 $21,752.58B 0.00%
2019 $24,347.77B 28.75%
2018 $24,725.78B 29.35%
2017 $22,525.38B 28.50%
2016 $20,446.60B 27.57%
2015 $20,822.67B 28.47%
2014 $23,236.43B 29.51%
2013 $22,735.35B 29.61%
2012 $22,139.03B 29.87%
2011 $21,857.35B 29.90%
2010 $18,456.11B 28.09%
2009 $15,567.22B 25.80%
2008 $19,362.38B 30.07%
2007 $16,886.66B 28.91%
2006 $14,565.87B 28.56%
2005 $12,728.62B 27.44%
2004 $11,223.93B 26.50%
2003 $9,274.34B 24.90%
2002 $8,003.21B 24.26%
2001 $7,710.59B 24.61%
2000 $7,882.84B 25.03%
1999 $7,042.69B 22.83%
1998 $5,355.60B 22.64%
1997 $5,493.09B 22.45%
1996 $5,225.90B 21.62%
1995 $4,933.40B 21.53%
1994 $4,199.55B 20.38%
1993 $3,802.47B 20.10%
1992 $3,780.04B 20.34%
1991 $3,375.20B 19.25%
1990 $3,297.34B 19.39%
1989 $2,974.66B 19.54%
1988 $2,731.53B 19.04%
1987 $2,350.34B 18.14%
1986 $2,044.94B 17.83%
1985 $1,893.71B 19.23%
1984 $1,876.57B 19.37%
1983 $1,757.11B 18.76%
1982 $1,769.70B 19.29%
1981 $1,854.67B 19.88%
1980 $1,773.96B 19.75%
1979 $1,464.47B 18.14%
1978 $1,171.03B 16.91%
1977 $1,018.81B 17.22%
1976 $880.76B 17.08%
1975 $780.20B 16.65%
1974 $733.01B 17.76%
1973 $507.97B 14.49%
1972 $376.95B 13.18%
1971 $323.85B 13.22%
1970 $291.96B 13.28%