Figure 4
U.S. Share of World Merchandise Trade: 1990-2008

Figure 4
U.S. Share of World Merchandise Trade: 1990-2008

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SOURCES: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based on data from various sources. United States-U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, available at www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.htm as of May 12, 2009. World-International Monetary Fund, Direction of Trade Statistics. Available at www.imfstatistics.org as of Sept. 14, 2009.

  • From 1990 to 2008, the U.S. share of the world's total imports was larger than its share of exports. During this period, the U.S. share of total exports fell faster than its share of the world's total imports (IMF 2009).