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 2019 was $24,416.48B, a 1.37% decline from 2018.
  • World imports for 2018 was $24,754.55B, a 9.85% increase from 2017.
  • World imports for 2017 was $22,534.61B, a 10.14% increase from 2016.
  • World imports for 2016 was $20,459.68B, a 1.81% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Billions of US $
World $24,416.48B
OECD members $14,901.30B
European Union $7,119.50B
East Asia & Pacific $7,069.64B
Euro Area $5,922.72B
North America $3,705.93B
Latin America & Caribbean $1,488.66B
South Asia $779.94B
Sub-Saharan Africa $483.10B
World Imports - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2019 $24,416.48B 29.75%
2018 $24,754.55B 29.34%
2017 $22,534.61B 28.53%
2016 $20,459.68B 27.60%
2015 $20,837.60B 28.50%
2014 $23,272.63B 29.54%
2013 $22,767.48B 29.64%
2012 $22,147.18B 29.88%
2011 $21,857.07B 29.91%
2010 $18,471.26B 28.10%
2009 $15,559.29B 25.80%
2008 $19,374.54B 30.07%
2007 $16,900.43B 28.91%
2006 $14,572.61B 28.55%
2005 $12,732.42B 27.44%
2004 $11,219.53B 26.50%
2003 $9,266.74B 24.90%
2002 $7,983.51B 24.26%
2001 $7,688.84B 24.62%
2000 $7,898.71B 25.04%
1999 $7,063.01B 22.84%
1998 $6,777.38B 22.66%
1997 $6,826.52B 22.46%
1996 $6,615.02B 21.62%
1995 $6,307.83B 21.53%
1994 $5,319.14B 20.49%
1993 $4,810.55B 20.20%
1992 $4,965.20B 20.42%
1991 $4,481.59B 19.34%
1990 $4,376.87B 19.50%
1989 $3,839.10B 19.60%
1988 $3,530.22B 19.11%
1987 $3,062.43B 18.23%
1986 $2,611.07B 17.91%
1985 $2,352.47B 19.32%
1984 $2,318.34B 19.46%
1983 $2,202.84B 18.84%
1982 $2,257.16B 19.38%
1981 $2,367.62B 20.00%
1980 $2,359.87B 19.86%
1979 $1,941.95B 18.51%
1978 $1,535.14B 17.27%
1977 $1,330.94B 17.56%
1976 $1,161.38B 17.38%
1975 $1,031.14B 16.94%
1974 $976.27B 18.10%
1973 $683.75B 14.85%
1972 $502.87B 13.52%
1971 $426.66B 13.58%
1970 $383.47B 13.69%