Top Items Imported Into the U.S.


The United States imports thousands of products that its citizens use every single day. In fact, according to, Americans imported about $2.039 trillion during the year 2015, and the country’s top 10 imports account for two-thirds of product purchases from other countries. Some of the top items imported into the United States include:


Most people drive a car in the United States, and some people even have more than one vehicle. And vehicles are not limited to passenger cars alone (although American importers spent more than $169.1 billion on cars in 2015, according to the same source above); instead, the category of vehicles includes vehicle parts, trucks, tractors, trailers, motorcycles, and even public transport vehicles.


One of the most commonly imported item is apparel, most of which is imported from China in the United States. To be sure, reports that 36.49 percent of imported apparel is from China, followed by Vietnam (9.4 percent), Indonesia (7.2 percent), and Bangladesh (6.7 percent). Most clothing is imported from poor countries where labor is cheap, making clothing sales in the U.S. a lucrative business. And it is not just clothing – footwear is also a common import, too. 84.95 percent of imported footwear in the United States is from China.

Furniture & Household Appliances                                             

Most furniture and household appliances sold in the United States – particularly by large companies and at furniture warehouses – are made outside of the United States and then imported. Like clothing, most imported furniture comes from China, as do most household appliances. Mexico is also a large supplier of household appliances.


Billions of dollars’ worth of electronics are imported into the United States every year. Some of the most commonly imported electronic products include:

  • Phones;
  • Circuits;
  • Insulated cables;
  • Electric motors;
  • TV receivers;
  • Digital cameras; and
  • Switches and fuses.

Phones/phone system devices dominate the electronic import category, with American importers spending an estimated $102.4 billion in 2015.


While there are certainly parts of America – like the Bakken Shale in North Dakota – that are oil-rich, most oil is imported from out of the country. For example, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that in 2015, the U.S. imported an amount of 1,051,000 barrels of oil per day from Saudi Arabia.

The Importance of Understanding U.S Import Laws

There is no doubt that imports play a vital role in the U.S. economy, and that businesses rely on imports for their success. However, the failure to understand import regulations and customs laws can have serious consequences, and if you are the owner of a business – big or small- that will be engaging in the importation of goods, it is essential to have an experienced import attorney on your side who can guide you through the process.

At the Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly, we can help you to understand everything you need to know about how to import products legally. Call us today at 781-897-1771 for a consultation today.






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