Table 28 U.S. Total Merchandise Trade by 2-Digit Commodity Codes: 1990, 1995, and 2001

Table 28
U.S. Total Merchandise Trade by 2-Digit Commodity Codes: 1990, 1995, and 2001

(Billions of current U.S. dollars)

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Commodity description Rank in 1990 Rank in 2001 Commodity code 1990 1995 2001 Annual growth rate, %
Total (imports plus exports)              
Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery, and parts1 1 1 84 141 236 306 7.3
Electrical machinery, equipment, and parts 3 2 85 103 206 277 9.4
Vehicles other than railway 2 3 87 107 155 218 6.7
Mineral fuels, oils, and waxes 4 4 27 77 70 136 5.3
Measuring and testing instruments 6 5 90 31 50 79 8.9
Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts 5 6 88 37 32 66 5.4
Special classification provisions 7 7 98 25 36 60 8.2
Organic chemicals 8 8 29 20 32 51 9.1
Plastics 10 9 39 18 32 46 8.8
Pearls, stones, metals, and imitation jewelry 9 10 71 18 26 41 7.6
Not knitted or crocheted apparel 11 11 62 16 26 34 7.3
Knitted or crocheted apparel 19 12 61 9 17 31 11.4
Furniture, lamps, and prefabricated buildings 21 13 94 9 15 29 11.7
Pharmaceutical products 36 14 30 4 9 28 18.8
Paper and paperboard 12 15 48 14 22 26 6.0
Toys, games, and sport equipment 16 16 95 10 16 24 7.9
Articles of iron and steel 17 17 73 10 15 22 7.4
Wood and articles 15 18 44 12 17 20 5.1
Footwear 18 19 64 10 13 16 4.3
Rubber and articles 22 20 40 8 13 16 6.4
All other commodities       209 290 346 4.7
Top 20 commodities       680 1,037 1,527 7.6
Top 20, percentage of all commodities       76.5 78.2 81.6  
Total, all commodities       889 1,327 1,873 7.0
Imports              
Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery, and parts1 2 1 84 67 123 161 8.4
Vehicles other than railway 1 2 87 75 102 159 7.1
Electrical machinery, equipment, and parts 4 3 85 58 114 155 9.3
Mineral fuels, oils, and waxes 3 4 27 65 59 123 6.0
Special classification provisions 7 5 98 12 18 35 10.2
Exports              
Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery, and parts1 1 1 84 75 113 145 6.2
Electrical machinery, equipment, and parts 2 2 85 45 92 123 9.5
Vehicles other than railway 3 3 87 32 52 59 5.6
Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts 4 4 88 31 26 45 3.5
Measuring and testing instruments 5 5 90 18 27 44 8.8

1 The majority of trade under commodity code 84 is compute-related machinery and parts. Machinery for nuclear reactors and parts is a very small portion of trade under commodity code 84.

NOTE: Commodity code is the 2-digit harmonized schedule (HS) for internationally traded goods. The majority of trade under commodity code 84 is computer related machinery and parts. Machinery for nuclear reactors and parts are a very small portion of trade under commodity code 84.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics; based on data from U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Treasury, and U.S. International Trade Commission, http://dataweb.usitc.gov/scripts/REPORT.asp, as of April 2002.