Table 6
World's Top Merchandise Exporting Countries and Their Exports to the United States: 2008

Table 6
World's Top Merchandise Exporting Countries and Their Exports to the United States: 2008

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(Millions of current U.S. $)

Rank in 2008 Country Total exports Share of world total exports (percent) Exports to United States Exports to U.S. as share of country's total (percent)
NA World 16,044,000 100.0 2,063,720 12.9
1 China 1,469,280 9.2 273,129 18.6
2 Germany 1,465,200 9.1 104,728 7.1
3 United States 1,300,190 8.1 NA NA
4 Japan 783,149 4.9 139,022 17.8
5 Netherlands 633,842 4.0 24,837 3.9
6 France 606,623 3.8 35,013 5.8
7 Italy 539,933 3.4 33,905 6.3
8 Belgium 477,159 3.0 23,095 4.8
9 United Kingdom 460,693 2.9 63,765 13.8
10 Canada 456,485 2.8 354,687 77.7
11 Russia 456,075 2.8 15,285 3.4
12 Korea 426,763 2.7 46,501 10.9
13 Hong Kong 362,985 2.3 46,290 12.8
14 Singapore 339,414 2.1 24,196 7.1
15 Mexico 291,343 1.8 233,523 80.2
16 Saudi Arabia 285,928 1.8 51,823 18.1
17 Spain 267,581 1.7 11,229 4.2
18 Malaysia 224,490 1.4 28,321 12.6
19 Switzerland 200,065 1.2 19,221 9.6
20 Brazil 197,067 1.2 28,558 14.5
21 India 191,926 1.2 24,483 12.8
22 Australia 185,693 1.2 10,290 5.5
23 Sweden 184,000 1.1 12,091 6.6
24 Austria 181,737 1.1 7,802 4.3
25 Thailand 173,235 1.1 19,754 11.4
  Rest of the world 3,883,144 24.2 432,171 11.1

KEY: NA= Not applicable.

NOTE: Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, but is separate from China in U.S. Foreign Trade Statistics.

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, as of May 12, 2009. World-International Monetary Fund, Direction of Trade Statistics. Available at www.imfstatistics.org as of Sept. 14, 2009.

  • In 2008, the United States was the world's third-ranked exporting nation, behind China and Germany. U.S. goods exports accounted for 8 percent of the value of worldwide exports.

  • Among the world's top exporting nations, Canada and Mexico ranked 10th and 15th, respectively.

  • The majority of exports from Canada and Mexico continue to be bound for the United States. Most enter by surface modes of transportation.

  • The United States received nearly one-fifth (19 percent) of the exports from China. The top exports from China to the United States include finished goods such as computer equipment, electronics, toys, apparel, furniture, and other household goods.