Though the President recently pushed for increased exports, it is also important to understand that imports make up a significant portion of the trade activity for the United States. Many of the products that are imported are as expected, like petroleum and toys, but thousands of other products are also imported from around the world.

In addition, product cycles dictate that the most imported products from one month will differ from next. This cycle is simple to understand, think about the holiday season and the need for stores to fill their shelves with toys and electronics. Many other cycles exist for everything from growing seasons to weather patterns.

Below is a list of the top 10 imported products by value for 2009.
HTS Code 2009 YTD 2010
(thru July)
2709.00 - Petroleum Oils And Oils From Bituminous Minerals, Crude $194,389,961,292 $152,110,326,310
8703.23 - Passenger Motor Vehicles With Spark-ignition Internal Combustion Reciprocating Piston Engine, Cylinder Capacity Over 1,500 CC But Not Over 3,000 CC $40,527,980,391 $29,996,450,847
3004.90 - Medicaments, In Measured Doses, Etc. (excluding Vaccines, Etc., Coated Bandages Etc. And Pharmaceutical Goods), Nesoi $36,436,333,730 $22,742,879,924
8703.24 - Passenger Motor Vehicles With Spark-ignition Internal Combustion Reciprocating Piston Engine, Cyclinder Capacity Over 3,000 CC $36,038,541,741 $31,088,440,104
8517.12 - Telephones For Cellular Networks Or For Other Wireless Networks $33,720,010,707 $19,483,151,992
2710.19 - Petroleum Oils And Oils From Bituminous Minerals (other Than Crude) And Products Therefrom, Nesoi, Containing 70% (by Weight) Or More Of These Oils $30,619,108,273 $22,081,301,917
8471.30 - Portable Digtal Automatic Data Processing Machines, Weight Not More Than 10 Kg, Consisting Of At Least A Central Processing Unit, Keyboard & A Display $26,914,610,919 $19,015,731,861
2710.11 - Petroleum Oils And Oils From Bituminous Minerals (other Than Crude) Light Oils & Preps, Nesoi, Containing 70% (by Weight) Or More Of These Oils $21,970,756,273 $16,679,018,899
8528.72 - Reception Apparatus For Television, Color, Nesoi $18,635,515,388 $9,918,887,174
8473.30 - Parts And Accessories For Automatic Data Processing Machines And Units Thereof, Magnetic Or Optical Readers, Transcribing Machines, Etc., Nesoi $18,108,933,452 $14,380,256,288
There are thousands of other product categories for imports and millions of imported products in total. To search for and examine other products, please click here for a free trial of our trade intelligence tools.