America’s Top 20 Import States

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America’s top 20 import states bought a total US$1.986 trillion or well over four-fifths (85.6%) worth of overall products imported into the United States in 2017. That dollar amount reflects a 9.1% increase since 2014 and a 7.4% year-over-year uptick from 2016.

The five leading import states (California, Texas, Michigan, Illinois, New York) accounted for almost half (47.7%) of all American imports by value in 2017.

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 2017.

America’s Top 20 Export States

Top 20

Below are the top 20 US states that bought the highest dollar value worth of imported products during 2017.

  1. California: US$440.6 billion 19% of US total)
  2. Texas: $263.2 billion (11.3%)
  3. Michigan: $140.2 billion (6%)
  4. Illinois: $136.1 billion (5.9%)
  5. New York: $126.6 billion (5.5%)
  6. New Jersey: $112.6 billion (4.9%)
  7. Georgia: $91.4 billion (3.9%)
  8. Pennsylvania: $83.3 billion (3.6%)
  9. Tennessee: $78.8 billion (3.4%)
  10. Florida: $75.4 billion (3.2%)
  11. Ohio: $67.6 billion (2.9%)
  12. Indiana: $54.5 billion (2.3%)
  13. Washington: $49.8 billion (2.1%)
  14. North Carolina: $47.4 billion (2%)
  15. Kentucky: $47.1 billion (2%)
  16. Louisiana: $37.7 billion (1.6%)
  17. South Carolina: $37.5 billion (1.6%)
  18. Massachusetts: $34.5 billion (1.5%)
  19. Maryland: $32.3 billion (1.4%)
  20. Minnesota: $29.7 billion (1.3%)

Among the above states, the fastest-growing top 20 importers from 2016 to 2017 were: Kentucky (up 17.7%), Louisiana (up 16.3%), Texas (up 14.8%), Illinois (up 12%) and Indiana (up 10%).

Only one top US importing state experienced shrinkage in its international purchases year over year, namely New York (down -2.7%).

Calif

Top 10 Imports by California

Below are the top 10 import purchases by California during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each import category compared to the total value of all Californian imports.

  1. Mid-sized automobiles with piston engine: $36.5 billion (8.3% of California’s total imports)
  2. Small portable digital computers: $19.7 billion (4.5%)
  3. Cell phones: $19.2 billion (4.3%)
  4. Crude petroleum oils: $17.9 billion (4.1%)
  5. Large automobiles with piston engine: $14 billion (3.2%)
  6. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $13 billion (2.9%)
  7. Integrated circuits (processors/controllers): $10.3 billion (2.3%)
  8. Computer parts and accessories: $10.1 billion (2.3%)
  9. Small automobiles with piston engine: $6.3 billion (1.4%)
  10. Solid-state semiconductor storage devices: $4.8 billion (1.1%)

California’s top 10 imports represent over a third (34.4%) of the overall value of the state’s global purchases.

Year over year, crude petroleum oils represent the fastest-growing among the top 10 import categories, up by 43.61% from 2016.

Close behind in second place for expanding imports were computer parts and accessories which rose 43.59%.

Purchases of imported small automobiles with piston engine posted the third-fastest gain in value up by 29.2%.

Two decliners among Californian top 10 import products were imported mid-sized automobiles with piston engine (down -17.1%) and imported large automobiles with piston engine (down -5.9%).

Overall, the average value of all products imported into California expanded by 7.4% from 2016 to 2017.

Texas

Top 10 Imports by Texas

Below are the top 10 import purchases by Texas during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each import category compared to the total value of all Texan imports.

  1. Crude petroleum oils: $34.5 billion (13.1% of total Texan imports)
  2. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $19 billion (7.2%)
  3. Digital processing units (individual components): $13.8 billion (5.2%)
  4. Solid-state semiconductor storage devices: $9.5 billion (3.6%)
  5. Miscellaneous petroleum oils: $6.1 billion (2.3%)
  6. Mid-sized automobiles (piston engine): $4.6 billion (1.8%)
  7. Wirings (vehicle, aircraft): $4 billion (1.5%)
  8. Integrated circuits (processors/controllers): $4 billion (1.5%)
  9. Color TV reception equipment: $2.8 billion (1.1%)
  10. Computer parts and accessories: $2.2 billion (0.8%)

The listed 10 product categories represent almost four-tenths (38.1%) of the value of overall Texan imports.

Year over year, mid-sized automobiles with piston engine represent the fastest-growing among the top 10 import categories, up by 26.2% from 2016.

Close behind in second place for expanding imports were crude petroleum oils which rose 25.1%.

Purchases of imported computer parts and accessories posted the third-fastest gain in value up by 24.8%.

The laggard among Texan top 10 import products were vehicle and aircraft wirings via a tepid 0.6% increase from 2016 to 2017.

Overall, the average value of all products imported into Texas expanded by 14.8% from 2016 to 2017.

Michig

Top 10 Imports by Michigan

Below are the top 10 import purchases by Michigan during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each import category compared to the total value of all Michiganian imports.

  1. Large automobiles with piston engine: $18.4 billion (13.1% of Michigan’s total imports)
  2. Mid-sized automobiles with piston engine: $16 billion (11.4%)
  3. Small gas-powered trucks: $11.8 billion (8.4%)
  4. Solid-state semiconductor storage devices: $6.8 billion (4.8%)
  5. Large spark-ignition engines: $4.6 billion (3.3%)
  6. Miscellaneous motor vehicle parts: $4.3 billion (3%)
  7. Motor vehicle body parts, accessories: $3.9 billion (2.8%)
  8. Seat parts: $2.7 billion (1.9%)
  9. Crude petroleum oils: $2.54 billion (1.8%)
  10. Small diesel-powered trucks: $2.46 billion (1.8%)

The listed 10 product categories represent over half (52.3%) of the value of Michigan’s overall imports.

Year over year, solid-state semiconductor storage devices represent the fastest-growing among the top 10 import categories, up by 48.5% from 2016.

Close behind in second place for expanding imports were crude petroleum oils which rose 23.7%.

Purchases of imported miscellaneous motor vehicle parts posted the third-fastest gain in value up by 10.9%.

Leading Michigan’s decliners were imported mid-sized automobiles with piston engine via a -12% retreat year over year.

Overall, the average value of all products imported into Michigan expanded by 3.9% from 2016 to 2017.

Illinois

Top 10 Imports by Illinois

Below are the top 10 import purchases by Illinois during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each import category compared to the total value of all imports by Illinois.

  1. Crude petroleum oils: $20.2 billion (14.8% of total Illinoisan imports)
  2. Cell phones: $11.8 billion (8.7%)
  3. Miscellaneous aircraft parts: $6.8 billion (5%)
  4. Solid-state semiconductor storage devices: $3.7 billion (2.7%)
  5. Miscellaneous medications: $3.1 billion (2.3%)
  6. Malt beer: $2.8 billion (2.1%)
  7. Modems, similar reception/transmission devices: $1.8 billion (1.3%)
  8. Turbo-jets: $1.79 billion (1.3%)
  9. Electrical boards and panels: $1.4 billion (1%)
  10. Natural gas (gaseous state): $1.3 billion (1%)

The top 10 imports into Illinois represent 40.2% of the overall value of the state’s global purchases.

Year over year, crude petroleum oils represent the fastest-growing among the top 10 import categories, up by 43.1% from 2016.

Close behind in second place for expanding imports were miscellaneous aircraft parts which rose 41.6%.

Purchases of imported natural gas in gaseous state (as opposed to liquid natural gas) posted the third-fastest gain in value up by 26.1%.

The sole decliner among Illinoisan top 10 import products were modems and similar reception or transmission devices via a -17% slowdown year over year.

Overall, the average value of all products imported into Illinois expanded by 12% from 2016 to 2017.

NY

Top 10 Imports by New York

Below are the top 10 imports by New York State during 2017. Within parenthesis is the percentage of each import category compared to the total value of all imports by New York.

  1. Diamonds (worked but unmounted): $20.2 billion (16% of New York’s total imports)
  2. Hand-drawn paintings, drawings: $5.4 billion (4.2%)
  3. Jewelry articles clad in precious metal: $3.7 billion (2.9%)
  4. Solid-state semiconductor storage devices: $2 billion (1.6%)
  5. Natural gas (gaseous state): $1.34 billion (1.1%)
  6. Rubies, sapphires, emeralds: $1.27 billion (1%)
  7. Miscellaneous medications: $1.1 billion (0.9%)
  8. Diamonds (raw): $1 billion (0.8%)
  9. Grape wines (not sparkling): $873 million (0.7%)
  10. Mid-sized automobiles (piston engine): $861 million (0.7%)

New York’s top 10 imports represent almost a third (29.9%) of the overall value of the state’s global purchases.

Year over year, mid-sized automobiles with piston engine represent the fastest-growing among the top 10 import categories, up by 61.2% from 2016.

In second place for expanding imports were miscellaneous medications which rose 47.7%.

Purchases of imported raw diamonds posted the third-fastest gain in value up by 35.5%.

Two decliners among New York’s top 10 import products were imported solid-state semiconductor storage devices (down -64.7%) and imported worked but unmounted diamonds (down -6.5%).

Overall, the average value of all products imported into New York dipped by -2.7% from 2016 to 2017.



 

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 November 1, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Imports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 1, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on November 1, 2018