US Imported Cars by Supplier Countries

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta car on display

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

In 2017, the United States of America imported US$179.6 billion worth of cars from a total 82 global trade partners.

Globally, the value for all US import purchases of cars in 2017 showed a 15.5% increase since 2013 and a 3.9% gain from 2016 to 2017.

Among countries, Canada furnished 24.4% of America’s imported cars while Japan supplied 22.7%. Cars delivered to the US from the European Union were valued at $43.9 billion roughly equivalent to Canada’s leading 24.4% share among provider countries.

Countries Exporting Cars to America

Top 15

America’s top 15 suppliers of cars in 2017 generated 98.6% of US purchases from foreign markets, with almost three-quarters (64.1%) of the overall value coming from Canada, Japan and Mexico.

  1. Canada: US$43.8 billion (24.4% of total US imported cars)
  2. Japan: $40.7 billion (22.7%)
  3. Mexico: $30.6 billion (17%)
  4. Germany: $20.8 billion (11.6%)
  5. South Korea: $16.1 billion (9%)
  6. United Kingdom: $8.8 billion (4.9%)
  7. Italy: $5.1 billion (2.8%)
  8. Sweden: $2.2 billion (1.2%)
  9. Slovakia: $2 billion (1.1%)
  10. China: $1.8 billion (1%)
  11. Hungary: $1.22 billion (0.7%)
  12. Finland: $1.17 billion (0.7%)
  13. South Africa: $1.1 billion (0.6%)
  14. Turkey: $911.8 million (0.5%)
  15. Spain: $816.9 million (0.5%)

Fastest-growing among these top suppliers were Finland (up 11,883% from 2013), Spain (4,572%) and China (1,759%).

There were two top decliners over the 5-year period, namely South Africa (down -50.4%) and Germany (down -19.8%).

America’s three leading providers grew their sales of cars to the US albeit at varying levels: Canada (up 0.1%), Japan (up 4.9%) and Mexico (up 49.4%).

Deficit Creators

America is a key producer and seller of its own cars on international markets. In 2017, the United States shipped $53.6 billion worth of cars to its trade partners. Still, American revenues from its exported cars are far less than a third of the $179.6 billion that the US spent on imported cars.

Overall, the US product category trade deficit for cars was -$126 billion. That amount of red ink reflects a 28.3% increase from -$98.2 billion during 2013.

Below you will find the 15 countries that caused America’s highest negative subtotals from buying and selling cars on international markets in 2017.

  1. Japan: -US$40.1 billion (product deficit up 5.5% since 2013)
  2. Canada: -$28.9 billion (down -2.3%)
  3. Mexico: -$27.4 billion (up 64%)
  4. Germany: -$14.7 billion (down -29.6%)
  5. South Korea: -$14.5 billion (up 24.2%)
  6. United Kingdom: -$6.9 billion (up 90.5%)
  7. Italy: -$4.9 billion (up 266.5%)
  8. Sweden: -$2.04 billion (up 245.6%)
  9. Slovakia: -$1.99 billion (up 123.2%)
  10. Hungary: -$1.19 billion (up 221.1%)
  11. Finland: -$1.13 billion (reversing a $259.4 million surplus)
  12. South Africa: -$987.9 million (down -48%)
  13. Turkey: -$852.2 million (reversing a $29.6 million surplus)
  14. Spain: -$741.8 million (reversing a $40 million surplus)
  15. Netherlands: -$321.9 million (reversing a $308.5 million surplus)

American trade deficits for cars from its leading suppliers widened at the fastest pace from 2013 to 2017 with Italy (up 266.5%), Sweden (up 245.6%), Hungary (up 221.1%), Slovakia (up 123.2%) and the United Kingdom (up 90.5%).

The US was able to reduce the size of its negative trade balances with South Africa (down -48%), Germany (down -29.6%) and top automobile supplier Canada (down -2.3%).

Surpluses

The United States did earn surpluses from the global car trade with 170+ other countries, islands or territories.

Most importantly, America captured $19.5-billion in positive cashflow during 2017 from buying and selling cars with the following 15 countries.

  1. China: US$8.8 billion (product surplus up 3.7% since 2013)
  2. United Arab Emirates: $1.7 billion (down -38.1%)
  3. Saudi Arabia: $1.63 billion (down -66%)
  4. Australia: $1.61 billion (up 15.9%)
  5. Kuwait: $498.5 million (down -48.7%)
  6. Norway: $483.5 million (up 127.2%)
  7. Jordan: $420.1 million (down -27.9%)
  8. Chile: $380.5 million (down -30.3%)
  9. Hong Kong: $358.8 million (up 50.8%)
  10. Nigeria: $352.8 million (down -67.5%)
  11. Dominican Republic: $319.1 million (up 23.6%)
  12. New Zealand: $275.7 million (up 109.1%)
  13. Lebanon: $250 million (down -14%)
  14. Oman: $246.7 million (down -32.8%)
  15. Switzerland: $246 million (up 52.9%)

The US grew its individual trade surpluses at the fastest rates at the expense of Norway (up 127.2%), New Zealand (up 109.1%), Switzerland (up 52.9%), Hong Kong (up 50.8%) and the Dominican Republic (up 23.6%).

In contrast, American surplus from buying and selling cars shrank the most over the 5-year period with: Nigeria (down -67.5%), Saudi Arabia (down -66%), Kuwait (down -48.7%), United Arab Emirates (down -38.1%) then Oman (down -32.8%).



 

Searchable List of US Imported Cars Suppliers

The table below shows the dollar amount for cars sold to the US in 2017 by country. Also shown is the percentage value change for each supplier since 2013.

You can change presentation order by clicking the triangle icon at the top of the columns.

RankSupplierUS Imported Cars2013-2017
1.CanadaUS$43.8 billion+0.1%
2.Japan$40.7 billion+4.9%
3.Mexico$30.6 billion+49.4%
4.Germany$20.8 billion-19.8%
5.South Korea$16.1 billion+29.1%
6.United Kingdom$8.8 billion+71%
7.Italy$5.1 billion+221.1%
8.Sweden$2.2 billion+203.3%
9.Slovakia$2 billion+123.3%
10.China$1.8 billion+1,759%
11.Hungary$1.22 billion+202.7%
12.Finland$1.17 billion+11,883%
13.South Africa$1.1 billion-50.4%
14.Turkey$911.8 million+666.5%
15.Spain$816.9 million+4,572%
16.Belgium$589.6 million-49.5%
17.Netherlands$562 million+38,133%
18.Austria$355.3 million-55.6%
19.France$217.4 million+36.7%
20.Thailand$188.4 million+140.5%
21.Brazil$134.6 million+4,281%
22.Australia$129.8 million-18.2%
23.India$117 million+23,536%
24.Taiwan$94.7 million+10.7%
25.Poland$73.8 million+171,453%
26.Serbia$29.2 million-91.4%
27.Argentina$15.1 million+42,951%
28.Vietnam$4.9 million+31.7%
29.Denmark$3.7 million+356.5%
30.Croatia$2.9 millionNo 2013 data
31.Czech Republic$1.9 million+1%
32.Egypt$1.3 million+734.6%
33.New Zealand$1.3 million+21,250%
34.Switzerland$1.1 million+139.7%
35.Portugal$959,000-99.1%
36.Ukraine$933,000+18,560%
37.Israel$613,000+5,473%
38.Russia$535,000-31.5%
39.Venezuela$341,000+2,742%
40.Cayman Islands$281,000+1,773%
41.Colombia$210,000+813%
42.Oman$207,000No 2013 data
43.Ireland$204,000+17.9%
44.United Arab Emirates$188,000+144.2%
45.Greece$186,000+279.6%
46.Malta$185,000No 2013 data
47.Nigeria$162,000No 2013 data
48.Belize$160,000No 2013 data
49.Saudi Arabia$145,000+133.9%
50.Malaysia$131,000No 2013 data
51.Singapore$114,000No 2013 data
52.Latvia$98,000No 2013 data
53.Uruguay$78,000No 2013 data
54.Ecuador$77,000+1,183%
55.Costa Rica$65,000+282.4%
56.Jordan$57,000No 2013 data
57.Macao$45,000No 2013 data
58.Indonesia$44,000+131.6%
59.Montserrat$40,000No 2013 data
60.Kuwait$38,000No 2013 data
61.Philippines$32,000+60%
62.Dominican Republic$28,000+211.1%
63.El Salvador$28,000No 2013 data
64.Romania$27,000No 2013 data
65.Lithuania$23,000No 2013 data
66.Trinidad/Tobago$21,000No 2013 data
67.Iceland$20,000No 2013 data
68.Bulgaria$15,000No 2013 data
69.Nicaragua$15,000No 2013 data
70.Armenia$12,000-42.9%
71.Bahrain$11,000-45%
72.Moldova$8,000No 2013 data
73.Honduras$7,000No 2013 data
74.Lebanon$7,000+40%
75.Paraguay$7,000No 2013 data
76.Peru$6,000No 2013 data
77.Slovenia$6,000-64.7%
78.Barbados$5,000No 2013 data
79.Georgia$5,000-83.3%
80.Norway$4,000No 2013 data
81.Uzbekistan$3,000No 2013 data
82.Tanzania$2,000No 2013 data


See also America’s Top Trading Partners, Car Imports by Country and Top Cars Exporters by Country

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