World Imports 1970-2020

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 2019 was $24,266.40B, a 1.73% decline from 2018.
  • World imports for 2018 was $24,694.57B, a 9.67% increase from 2017.
  • World imports for 2017 was $22,516.37B, a 10.12% increase from 2016.
  • World imports for 2016 was $20,447.88B, a 1.84% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Billions of US $
World $24,266.40B
OECD members $14,834.76B
European Union $7,090.65B
East Asia & Pacific $7,062.42B
Euro Area $5,907.93B
Latin America & Caribbean $1,487.80B
South Asia $786.69B
Sub-Saharan Africa $459.71B
World Imports - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2019 $24,266.40B 0.00%
2018 $24,694.57B 29.30%
2017 $22,516.37B 28.53%
2016 $20,447.88B 27.60%
2015 $20,831.91B 28.50%
2014 $23,266.73B 29.54%
2013 $22,765.46B 29.64%
2012 $22,150.74B 29.89%
2011 $21,858.76B 29.92%
2010 $18,468.39B 28.11%
2009 $15,550.25B 25.80%
2008 $19,365.95B 30.07%
2007 $16,892.12B 28.91%
2006 $14,568.63B 28.56%
2005 $12,765.80B 27.50%
2004 $11,233.48B 26.53%
2003 $9,263.66B 24.90%
2002 $7,981.08B 24.26%
2001 $7,686.45B 24.61%
2000 $7,896.47B 25.04%
1999 $7,061.41B 22.84%
1998 $6,776.08B 22.66%
1997 $6,825.25B 22.46%
1996 $6,613.51B 21.62%
1995 $6,306.43B 21.53%
1994 $5,318.22B 20.49%
1993 $4,809.75B 20.20%
1992 $4,964.49B 20.42%
1991 $4,478.84B 19.33%
1990 $4,376.07B 19.50%
1989 $3,838.52B 19.60%
1988 $3,529.75B 19.11%
1987 $3,062.08B 18.23%
1986 $2,610.71B 17.91%
1985 $2,352.01B 19.32%
1984 $2,317.82B 19.46%
1983 $2,202.26B 18.84%
1982 $2,256.55B 19.38%
1981 $2,366.84B 20.00%
1980 $2,359.16B 19.86%
1979 $1,941.35B 18.51%
1978 $1,534.65B 17.27%
1977 $1,330.52B 17.56%
1976 $1,161.01B 17.38%
1975 $1,030.81B 16.94%
1974 $975.96B 18.10%
1973 $683.53B 14.85%
1972 $502.71B 13.52%
1971 $426.52B 13.58%
1970 $383.35B 13.70%