America’s Top 20 Import States

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America’s top 20 import states bought a total US$2.147 trillion or well over four-fifths (85.1%) worth of overall products imported into the United States of America in 2018. That dollar amount reflects a 12.7% increase since 2015 and an 8.1% year-over-year uptick from 2017 to 2018.

The five leading import states (California, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, New York) bought approaching half (47%) of all American imports by value in 2018.

In addition to showcasing the leading 20 import states, presented below are the 10 major exports from each of the leading five import states ranked by the overall value of goods bought from international suppliers during 2018.

America’s Top 20 Export States

Top 20

Below are the top 20 US states that purchased the highest dollar value worth of imported products during 2018.

  1. California: US$441.2 billion (17.5% of US total)
  2. Texas: $304.6 billion (12.1%)
  3. Illinois: $157.4 billion (6.2%)
  4. Michigan: $146.8 billion (5.8%)
  5. New York: $137.1 billion (5.4%)
  6. New Jersey: $128 billion (5.1%)
  7. Georgia: $98.8 billion (3.9%)
  8. Pennsylvania: $88.6 billion (3.5%)
  9. Tennessee: $86.2 billion (3.4%)
  10. Florida: $80.6 billion (3.2%)
  11. Ohio: $70.2 billion (2.8%)
  12. Indiana: $61.8 billion (2.4%)
  13. Kentucky: $54.6 billion (2.2%)
  14. Washington: $54.4 billion (2.2%)
  15. North Carolina: $53.4 billion (2.1%)
  16. South Carolina: $40.2 billion (1.6%)
  17. Louisiana: $40 billion (1.6%)
  18. Massachusetts: $35.5 billion (1.4%)
  19. Maryland: $35.2 billion (1.4%)
  20. Minnesota: $32.8 billion (1.3%)

Among the top 20 importers from 2017 to 2018, the fastest-growers were: Kentucky (up 15.9%), Texas (up 15.7%), Illinois (also up 15.7%), New Jersey (up 13.6%), Indiana (up 13.4%), North Carolina (up 12.8%) then Minnesota (up 10.5%).

California incurred the most modest expansion thanks to its 0.1% increase. Not one of the top 20 importers decreased its purchases from 2017 to 2018.

Calif

Top 10 Imports by California

Below are the top 10 import purchases by California during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each import category compared to the total value of all Californian imports.

  1. Mid-sized automobiles (piston engine): $29.8 billion (6.7% of California’s total imports)
  2. Crude petroleum oils: $24.3 billion (5.5%)
  3. Small portable digital computers: $17.4 billion (3.9%)
  4. Cell phones: $13.7 billion (3.1%)
  5. Computer parts and accessories: $13 billion (3%)
  6. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $12.6 billion (2.9%)
  7. Large automobiles (piston engine): $9.4 billion (2.1%)
  8. Integrated circuits (processors/controllers): $9.1 billion (2.1%)
  9. Small automobiles (piston engine): $5.6 billion (1.3%)
  10. Solid-state semiconductor storage devices: $4.7 billion (1.1%)

California’s top 10 imports represent almost a third (31.6%) of the overall value of the state’s global purchases.

Year over year, crude petroleum oils represent the fastest-growing among California’s top 10 import categories, up by 35.7% from 2017 to 2018.

The only other increase pertinent to these top 10 import products was the 28.5% uptick for computer parts and accessories.

Leading the decliners among leading Californian import products were large automobiles with piston engine (down -32.9%), cell phones (down -28.3%), mid-sized automobiles with piston engine (down -18.5%), processors and controllers for integrated circuits (down -11.5%), small portable digital computers (down -11.4%) then small automobiles with piston engine (down -11%).

Overall, the average value of all products imported into California expanded by a modest 0.1% from 2017 to 2018.

Texas

Top 10 Imports by Texas

Below are the top 10 import purchases by Texas during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each import category compared to the total value of all Texan imports.

  1. Crude petroleum oils: $38.3 billion (12.6% of total Texan imports)
  2. Digital processing units (individual components): $18.7 billion (6.1%)
  3. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $17.1 billion (5.6%)
  4. Mid-sized automobiles (piston engine): $12.1 billion (4%)
  5. Cell phones: $9 billion (3%)
  6. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: $8.6 billion (2.8%)
  7. Integrated circuits (processors/controllers): $5.6 billion (1.8%)
  8. Large automobiles (piston engine): $5 billion (1.7%)
  9. Wirings (vehicle, aircraft): $4.9 billion (1.6%)
  10. Semi-trailer truck tractors $3.1 billion (1%)

The listed 10 product categories represent about four-tenths (40.2%) of the value of overall Texan imports.

Year over year, large automobiles with piston engine represent the fastest-growing among the top 10 import categories, up by 716% from 2017 to 2018.

In second place for expanding imports were mid-sized automobiles with piston engine which rose 162%.

Purchases of imported semi-trailer truck tractors posted the third-fastest gain in value up by 62.6%, ahead of miscellaneous petroleum oils which rose 41.7%.

Two of Texas’ top 10 import products declined from 2017 to 2018, namely modems and similar reception or transmission devices (down -10.1%) and cell phones (down -5.3%).

Overall, the average value of all products imported into Texas expanded by 15.7% from 2017 to 2018.

Illinois

Top 10 Imports by Illinois

Below are the top 10 import purchases by Illinois during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each import category compared to the total value of all imports by Illinois.

  1. Crude petroleum oils: $25.5 billion (16.2% of total Illinoisan imports)
  2. Cell phones: $15.1 billion (9.6%)
  3. Miscellaneous aircraft parts: $7.9 billion (5%)
  4. Small portable digital computers: $5.8 billion (3.7%)
  5. Miscellaneous medications: $5 billion (3.1%)
  6. Malt beer: $3.1 billion (2%)
  7. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $2.6 billion (1.7%)
  8. Turbo-jets: $2.3 billion (1.5%)
  9. Electrical boards and panels: $1.5 billion (0.9%)
  10. Natural gas (gaseous state): $1.3 billion (0.8%)

The top 10 imports into Illinois represent 44.5% of the overall value of the state’s global purchases.

Year over year, miscellaneous medications represent the fastest-growing among the top 10 import categories, up by 60.2% from 2017 to 2018.

Close behind in second place for expanding imports were small portable digital computers which rose 55.8%.

Purchases of imported modems and similar reception or transmission devices posted the third-fastest gain in value up by 44.3%.

The sole decliner among Illinoisan top 10 import products was natural gas in gaseous state (as opposed to liquid natural gas) via its -4.6% slowdown year over year.

Overall, the average value of all products imported into Illinois expanded by 15.7% from 2017 to 2018.

Michig

Top 10 Imports by Michigan

Below are the top 10 import purchases by Michigan during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each import category compared to the total value of all Michiganian imports.

  1. Mid-sized automobiles (piston engine): $15.8 billion (10.8% of Michigan’s total imports)
  2. Large automobiles (piston engine): $15.7 billion (10.7%)
  3. Small gas-powered trucks: $12.4 billion (8.4%)
  4. Small automobiles (piston engine): $10.9 billion (7.4%)
  5. Large spark-ignition engines: $4.8 billion (3.2%)
  6. Miscellaneous motor vehicle parts: $4.6 billion (3.1%)
  7. Motor vehicle body parts, accessories: $4.5 billion (3.1%)
  8. Small diesel-powered trucks: $3.8 billion (2.6%)
  9. Motor vehicle transmissions: $2.74 billion (1.9%)
  10. Seat parts: $2.7 billion (1.8%)

The listed 10 product categories represent over half (53%) of the value of Michigan’s overall imports.

Year over year, small automobiles with piston engine represent the fastest-growing among the top 10 import categories, up by 61.1% from 2017 to 2018.

Close behind in second place for expanding imports were small diesel-powered trucks which rose 55.1%.

Purchases of imported motor vehicle transmissions posted the third-fastest gain in value up by 17.2%.

Leading Michigan’s decliners were imported large automobiles with piston engine via its -14.6% retreat year over year.

NY

Top 10 Imports by New York

Below are the top 10 imports by New York State during 2018. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each import category compared to the total value of all imports by New York.

  1. Diamonds (unmounted): $22.3 billion (16.2% of New York’s total imports)
  2. Hand-drawn paintings, drawings: $5.8 billion (4.2%)
  3. Jewelry articles clad in precious metal: $3.5 billion (2.5%)
  4. Gold (unwrought): $1.5 billion (1.1%)
  5. Rubies, sapphires, emeralds: $1.33 billion (1%)
  6. Original sculptures, statues: $1.28 billion (0.9%)
  7. Miscellaneous medications: $1.2 billion (0.9%)
  8. Natural gas (gaseous state): $1.1 billion (0.8%)
  9. Grape wines (not sparkling): containers 2 ltr and under: $1 billion (0.7%)
  10. Cell phones: $0.9 billion (0.7%)

New York’s top 10 imports represent more than a quarter (29%) of the overall value of the state’s global purchases.

Year over year, cell phones represent the fastest-growing among the top 10 import categories, up by 156% from 2017 to 2018.

In second place for expanding imports were original sculptures and statues which appreciated 92.1%.

Purchases of imported raw diamonds posted the third-fastest gain in value up by 10.2%.

Three decliners among New York’s top 10 import products were imported gold (down -27.4%), imported non-liquid natural gas in gaseous state (down -14.6%) and imported jewelry articles clad in precious metals (down -6.8%).

Overall, the average value of all products imported into New York accelerated by 8.3% from 2017 to 2018.



 

See also America’s Top 20 Export States, United States Top 10 Exports, United States Top 10 Imports and United States Top 10 Major Export Companies

Research Sources:
Foreign Trade , United States Census Bureau. Accessed on June 10, 2019

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on June 10, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on June 10, 2019