Countries California imports the most goods from

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July 23, 2021
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Countries California imports the most goods from

The U.S. in 2020 imported $2.8 trillion of goods and services, down $294.5 billion from 2019 largely due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the economy has recovered, imports have expanded and the U.S. trade deficit has widened. In May, the foreign-trade gap in goods and services grew by 3.1% over the month prior to a seasonally adjusted $71.2 billion.

All U.S. states import goods from around the world, bringing in products necessary for state industry, recreation, and tourism. But what is imported—and from where—varies from state to state. Stacker compiled a list of countries that California imports the most goods from using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Countries are ranked by the highest value of imports in 2020 with California. Keep reading to see where your state is importing the most goods from.

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#30. Colombia

- Imports: $1.3 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax ($876.8 million)
--- Coffee, Tea, Mate & Spices ($140.9 million)
--- Live Trees, Plants, Bulbs Etc.; Cut Flowers Etc. ($70.5 million)

- Total trade: $2.5 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $1.3 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($77.0 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($67.9 million)
--- Dairy Prods; Birds Eggs; Honey; Ed Animal Pr Nesoi ($52.5 million)
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#29. Israel

- Imports: $1.3 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($370.1 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($249.9 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($223.7 million)

- Total trade: $2.5 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $1.3 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Nat Etc Pearls, Prec Etc Stones, Pr Met Etc; Coin ($330.5 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($206.5 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($195.8 million)
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#28. New Zealand

- Imports: $1.3 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Meat And Edible Meat Offal ($377.3 million)
--- Beverages, Spirits And Vinegar ($233.7 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($103.5 million)

- Total trade: $2.5 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $1.3 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Edible Fruit & Nuts; Citrus Fruit Or Melon Peel ($59.6 million)
--- Dairy Prods; Birds Eggs; Honey; Ed Animal Pr Nesoi ($58.5 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($55.6 million)
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#27. Chile

- Imports: $1.4 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Edible Fruit & Nuts; Citrus Fruit Or Melon Peel ($754.1 million)
--- Wood And Articles Of Wood; Wood Charcoal ($145.6 million)
--- Fish, Crustaceans & Aquatic Invertebrates ($120.1 million)

- Total trade: $2.8 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $1.4 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax ($330.2 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($167.5 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($123.1 million)
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#26. Netherlands

- Imports: $1.6 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Special Classification Provisions, Nesoi ($326.1 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($324.5 million)
--- Beverages, Spirits And Vinegar ($155.9 million)

- Total trade: $3.3 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $1.6 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($1.6 billion)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($840.6 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($807.3 million)

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#25. Ireland

- Imports: $1.9 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Pharmaceutical Products ($681.0 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($622.5 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($307.8 million)

- Total trade: $3.8 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $1.9 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Pharmaceutical Products ($300.4 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($220.9 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($129.7 million)
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#24. Cambodia

- Imports: $2.0 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Apparel Articles And Accessories, Knit Or Crochet ($672.8 million)
--- Leather Art; Saddlery Etc; Handbags Etc; Gut Art ($428.8 million)
--- Apparel Articles And Accessories, Not Knit Etc. ($294.5 million)

- Total trade: $3.9 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $2.0 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc ($81.6 million)
--- Miscellaneous Edible Preparations ($4.8 million)
--- Meat And Edible Meat Offal ($3.7 million)
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#23. Iraq

- Imports: $2.2 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax ($2.2 billion)
--- Works Of Art, Collectors' Pieces And Antiques ($5.2 million)
--- Nat Etc Pearls, Prec Etc Stones, Pr Met Etc; Coin ($1.8 million)

- Total trade: $4.4 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $2.2 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Pharmaceutical Products ($9.9 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($9.7 million)
--- Edible Fruit & Nuts; Citrus Fruit Or Melon Peel ($8.0 million)
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#22. Australia

- Imports: $2.2 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Meat And Edible Meat Offal ($587.2 million)
--- Nat Etc Pearls, Prec Etc Stones, Pr Met Etc; Coin ($373.6 million)
--- Special Classification Provisions, Nesoi ($146.1 million)

- Total trade: $4.4 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $2.2 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($432.9 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($371.3 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($305.3 million)
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#21. Brazil

- Imports: $2.2 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax ($807.6 million)
--- Beverages, Spirits And Vinegar ($320.2 million)
--- Iron And Steel ($297.7 million)

- Total trade: $4.5 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $2.2 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($245.4 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($229.4 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($116.6 million)

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#20. Saudi Arabia

- Imports: $2.5 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax ($2.5 billion)
--- Special Classification Provisions, Nesoi ($27.3 million)
--- Fish, Crustaceans & Aquatic Invertebrates ($3.0 million)

- Total trade: $5.0 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $2.5 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Edible Fruit & Nuts; Citrus Fruit Or Melon Peel ($156.4 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($96.8 million)
--- Oil Seeds Etc.; Misc Grain, Seed, Fruit, Plant Etc ($92.3 million)
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#19. Switzerland

- Imports: $2.7 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Nat Etc Pearls, Prec Etc Stones, Pr Met Etc; Coin ($574.7 million)
--- Special Classification Provisions, Nesoi ($332.8 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($330.2 million)

- Total trade: $5.4 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $2.7 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Pharmaceutical Products ($784.2 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($203.1 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($79.2 million)
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#18. Ecuador

- Imports: $3.1 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax ($2.4 billion)
--- Fish, Crustaceans & Aquatic Invertebrates ($291.2 million)
--- Edible Fruit & Nuts; Citrus Fruit Or Melon Peel ($226.1 million)

- Total trade: $6.2 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $3.1 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax ($205.0 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($23.4 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($19.3 million)
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#17. Italy

- Imports: $3.7 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($503.6 million)
--- Beverages, Spirits And Vinegar ($426.1 million)
--- Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc ($360.1 million)

- Total trade: $7.4 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $3.7 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Edible Fruit & Nuts; Citrus Fruit Or Melon Peel ($314.3 million)
--- Aircraft, Spacecraft, And Parts Thereof ($287.5 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($190.7 million)
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#16. United Kingdom

- Imports: $3.7 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc ($1.1 billion)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($443.8 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($303.9 million)

- Total trade: $7.5 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $3.7 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($805.7 million)
--- Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc ($777.1 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($507.3 million)

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#15. Philippines

- Imports: $3.8 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($1.5 billion)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($1.2 billion)
--- Animal Or Vegetable Fats, Oils Etc. & Waxes ($122.1 million)

- Total trade: $7.7 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $3.8 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($358.8 million)
--- Dairy Prods; Birds Eggs; Honey; Ed Animal Pr Nesoi ($250.9 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($142.4 million)
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#14. Singapore

- Imports: $4.3 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax ($1.2 billion)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($747.5 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($541.2 million)

- Total trade: $8.6 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $4.3 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($1.2 billion)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($796.1 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($565.2 million)
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#13. India

- Imports: $4.4 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Fish, Crustaceans & Aquatic Invertebrates ($675.5 million)
--- Nat Etc Pearls, Prec Etc Stones, Pr Met Etc; Coin ($472.7 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($286.8 million)

- Total trade: $8.7 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $4.4 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Nat Etc Pearls, Prec Etc Stones, Pr Met Etc; Coin ($2.5 billion)
--- Edible Fruit & Nuts; Citrus Fruit Or Melon Peel ($937.8 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($449.6 million)
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#12. Indonesia

- Imports: $5.4 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($707.0 million)
--- Furniture; Bedding Etc; Lamps Nesoi Etc; Prefab Bd ($548.9 million)
--- Apparel Articles And Accessories, Knit Or Crochet ($525.2 million)

- Total trade: $10.9 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $5.4 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Dairy Prods; Birds Eggs; Honey; Ed Animal Pr Nesoi ($144.9 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($88.7 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($81.3 million)
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#11. France

- Imports: $5.9 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Aircraft, Spacecraft, And Parts Thereof ($3.2 billion)
--- Beverages, Spirits And Vinegar ($642.2 million)
--- Special Classification Provisions, Nesoi ($356.4 million)

- Total trade: $11.9 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $5.9 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($348.0 million)
--- Aircraft, Spacecraft, And Parts Thereof ($313.9 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($304.9 million)

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#10. Germany

- Imports: $9.6 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc ($3.6 billion)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($1.2 billion)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($1.1 billion)

- Total trade: $19.2 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $9.6 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Nat Etc Pearls, Prec Etc Stones, Pr Met Etc; Coin ($1.3 billion)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($959.4 million)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($767.8 million)
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#9. Malaysia

- Imports: $10.6 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($6.8 billion)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($925.1 million)
--- Rubber And Articles Thereof ($802.4 million)

- Total trade: $21.2 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $10.6 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($827.7 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($302.2 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($248.9 million)
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#8. Thailand

- Imports: $12.2 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($4.2 billion)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($3.1 billion)
--- Rubber And Articles Thereof ($930.5 million)

- Total trade: $24.4 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $12.2 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($294.1 million)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($261.2 million)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($115.0 million)
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#7. Taiwan

- Imports: $20.0 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($7.1 billion)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($6.8 billion)
--- Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc ($860.2 million)

- Total trade: $39.9 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $20.0 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($1.9 billion)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($1.0 billion)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($919.5 million)
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#6. Vietnam

- Imports: $20.2 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($6.2 billion)
--- Furniture; Bedding Etc; Lamps Nesoi Etc; Prefab Bd ($2.9 billion)
--- Footwear, Gaiters Etc. And Parts Thereof ($2.5 billion)

- Total trade: $40.3 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $20.2 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($255.0 million)
--- Edible Fruit & Nuts; Citrus Fruit Or Melon Peel ($190.1 million)
--- Iron And Steel ($174.0 million)

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#5. Japan

- Imports: $20.3 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc ($5.3 billion)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($4.9 billion)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($3.2 billion)

- Total trade: $40.7 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $20.3 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($1.5 billion)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($1.4 billion)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($1.3 billion)
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#4. Korea, South

- Imports: $21.1 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($7.0 billion)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($5.4 billion)
--- Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc ($3.2 billion)

- Total trade: $42.2 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $21.1 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($2.8 billion)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($1.1 billion)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($991.8 million)
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#3. Canada

- Imports: $26.5 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc ($15.9 billion)
--- Special Classification Provisions, Nesoi ($1.0 billion)
--- Mineral Fuel, Oil Etc.; Bitumin Subst; Mineral Wax ($865.6 million)

- Total trade: $53.0 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $26.5 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($2.8 billion)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($2.7 billion)
--- Edible Fruit & Nuts; Citrus Fruit Or Melon Peel ($1.6 billion)
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#2. Mexico

- Imports: $47.9 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Vehicles, Except Railway Or Tramway, And Parts Etc ($10.1 billion)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($9.1 billion)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($8.1 billion)

- Total trade: $95.8 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $47.9 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($5.9 billion)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($3.5 billion)
--- Plastics And Articles Thereof ($2.0 billion)
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#1. China

- Imports: $130.2 billion
- Largest imports:
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($33.5 billion)
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($31.5 billion)
--- Textile Art Nesoi; Needlecraft Sets; Worn Text Art ($9.3 billion)

- Total trade: $260.3 billion ($-0 trade deficit)
- Exports: $130.2 billion
- Largest exports:
--- Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Machinery Etc.; Parts ($3.7 billion)
--- Electric Machinery Etc; Sound Equip; Tv Equip; Pts ($2.3 billion)
--- Optic, Photo Etc, Medic Or Surgical Instrments Etc ($2.2 billion)

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