|Select U.S. Importers||State||City||Industry||Est TEU||Est TEU||Est TEU||Est TEU|
|1||Dole Food Company Inc||CA||Thousand Oaks||Fruits/Produce||232,797||235,396||244,154||234,077|
|2||Samsung America Inc||NJ||Ridgefield Park||Retail/Electronics||172,050||213,502||228,873||175,835|
|3||Chiquita Fresh North America LLC||NC||Charlotte||Fruits/Produce||158,501||159,466||161,477||171,893|
|5||LG Electronics USA Inc||AL||Huntsville||Retail/Electronics||60,751||103,390||134,458||155,465|
|6||Lowes (LG Sourcing)||NC||Mooresville||Retail Lumber||NA||NA||72,175||149,750|
|7||Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc||FL||Coral Gables||Fruits/Produce||48,243||47,065||112,703||143,380|
|10||Heineken||NY||White Plains||Alcoholic Beverages||NA||36,137||66,917||65,700|
|11||Adidas America Inc||OR||Portland||Retail/Athletic||23,839||32,377||37,801||59,803|
|12||Rooms To Go Furniture (RTG)||FL||Seffner||Home Furnishings||NA||47,679||61,500||58,276|
|13||Mercedes Benz USA||GA||Atlanta||Auto||57,498||30,035||41,607||57,373|
|14||Michelin North America Inc||SC||Greenville||Tires||22,275||20,281||35,727||54,679|
|15||Electrolux Company||NC||Charlotte||Home Appliances||32,724||48,641||57,152||50,442|
|16||Kubota Tractor Corp||TX||Grapevine||Agricultural Machinery||38,345||34,543||42,669||50,429|
|17||Continental Tire North America||SC||Fort Mill||Tires||32,483||32,943||42,453||48,705|
|18||Yokohama Tire Corp||CA||Santa Ana||Tires||22,128||16,516||35,514||47,249|
|19||Dollar General Corp||TN||Goodlettsville||Discount Retail||NA||NA||NA||45,361|
|20||Red Bull North America Inc||CA||Santa Monica||Beverages||71,336||67,778||63,380||44,371|
|21||Toyota Corp||NY||New York||Auto Parts||38,072||33,660||39,116||41,750|
|23||At Home Stores LLC||TX||Plano||Furniture||29,453||31,174||49,354||40,905|
|24||Tractor Supply||TN||Brentwood||Farm Supplies||NA||26,556||39,739||38,705|
|25||Euromarket Designs Inc (Crate & Barrel)||IL||Chicago||Home Furnishings||23,665||25,890||39,026||38,027|
|26||Hyundai Glovis||CA||Irvine||Auto Parts||NA||19,546||29,760||37,252|
|27||Gildan Activewear Eden Inc||QC||Montreal||Apparel||17,988||25,768||38,568||35,922|
|28||Fyffes Tropical Produce LLC (SOL)||FL||Coral Gables||Fruits/Produce||30,529||35,431||41,303||34,901|
|29||Sol Group Marketing Company||FL||Pompano Beach||Fruits/Produce||34,357||35,587||35,240||31,353|
|30||Hanwha International Corp||Korea||Seoul||Aerospace/Solar||18,073||22,586||20,161||30,995|
|32||Toyo Tires USA Corp||CA||Cypress||Tires||17,576||14,566||22,588||29,186|
|33||Southern Wine & Spirits of America||FL||Miami||Alcoholic Beverages||NA||21,529||34,347||27,561|
|34||BMW North America||NJ||Woodcliff Lake||Auto Maker||NA||NA||NA||26,234|
|35||Mattel Inc||CA||El Segundo||Retail/Toys||18,300||20,019||21,838||25,244|
|36||Bridgestone Americas Tire||TN||Nashville||Tires||34,522||24,141||23,562||25,112|
|37||Keter North America Inc||IN||Anderson||Plastic Garden/House||18,519||19,582||28,701||24,610|
|39||Living Spaces Furniture||CA||La Mirada||Home Furnishings||20,924||23,576||29,915||24,129|
|40||Goodyear Tire Rubber||OH||Akron||Tires||NA||NA||21,224||24,031|
|42||Fiji Water Company LLC||CA||Los Angeles||Water/Beverages||17,948||13,294||19,217||22,468|
|43||General Motors||MI||Detroit||Auto Maker||NA||NA||NA||22,371|
|45||Mobis Parts||CA||Fountain Valley||Auto Parts||25,358||21,105||17,207||21,329|
|46||Bob's Discount Furniture||CT||Manchester||Furniture||NA||NA||NA||20,840|
|47||Conair Corp||CT||Stamford||Home Appliances||22,645||23,963||27,898||20,817|
|48||Hewlett Packard (HP)||CA||Palo Alto||Electronics||NA||NA||16,647||20,492|
|49||Yamaha Motor Corp||CA||Cypress||Motorized Products||21,085||12,342||17,640||19,914|
|50||Fred Meyer Inc||OR||Portland||Retailer||NA||15,479||16,048||19,498|
|53||Pirelli Tire LLC||GA||Rome||Tires||15,339||12,053||17,370||19,155|
|54||Diageo North America||NY||New York City||Alcoholic Beverages||NA||25,599||17,537||18,900|
|55||Puma North America||MA||Somerville||Retail/Athletic||NA||NA||13,811||18,851|
|56||Mitsubishi Electric Automotive||CA||Cypress||Auto||NA||NA||15,627||18,583|
|57||BJ's Wholesale Club Inc||MA||Westborough||Retail||15,854||17,101||20,643||18,493|
|58||Canadian Solar USA Inc||ON||West Guelph||Solar Cells||NA||NA||20,022||18,082|
|59||The Home Depot||GA||Atlanta||Retail Lumber||NA||NA||71,820||18,024|
|60||CMPC USA Inc||GA||Atlanta||Paper/Plastics||17,473||24,241||16,941||17,585|
|61||Robert Bosch Corp||MI||Farmington Hills||Auto||NA||NA||17,767||17,487|
|62||BSH Home Appliances (Bosch)||CA||Irving||Home Appliances||NA||14,851||19,391||17,222|
|63||Kumho Tire USA||GA||Atlanta||Tires||NA||NA||NA||17,177|
|64||Goya Foods Inc||NJ||Secaucus||Hispanic Foods||NA||14,624||15,125||17,034|
|65||Olam International Ltd||CA||Fresno||Agricultural||NA||NA||NA||16,459|
|66||American Furniture Warehouse Co||CO||Englewood||Home Furnishings||NA||NA||16,846||16,331|
|67||Hyosung USA Inc||AL||Decatur||Textiles||NA||NA||16,319||16,204|
|68||Crown Cork & Seal Co||PA||Philadelphia||Beverage & Can Maker||NA||NA||24,171||16,059|
|69||Cummins Inc||IN||Columbus||Diesel Engines||NA||NA||13,890||15,993|
|70||Pvh Corp (Phillips Van-Heusen)||NY||New York||Retail||18,163||15,949||15,000||15,847|
|71||Cooper Tire and Rubber||OH||Findlay||Tires||NA||NA||14,199||15,445|
|73||Cosentino USA||FL||Miami||Kitchen Countertops||NA||NA||NA||15,077|
|74||Jinko Solar||CA||San Francisco||Solar Cells||NA||NA||22,665||14,992|
|75||Epson America Inc||CA||Long Beach||Electronics||12,606||11,991||13,713||14,950|
|76||Yaraghi LLC||NY||Port Washington||Home Furnishings||NA||NA||NA||14,947|
|77||Longi Solar Technology US Inc||CA||San Ramon||Solar Cells||10,447||19,624||31,018||14,818|
|78||All Market Inc. (Vita Coco)||NY||New York City||Beverages||NA||NA||NA||14,534|
|79||Burlington Coat Factory||NJ||Burlington||Clothing/Coats||NA||NA||NA||14,507|
|80||Pernod Ricard USA Inc||NY||New York City||Wines & Spirits||NA||NA||NA||14,342|
|81||Gallo Family Vineyards||CA||Modesto||Wine||NA||NA||15,435||14,294|
|82||VLM Foods||QC||Dollard-Des Ormeaux||Food & Beverages||NA||12,976||11,606||14,234|
|83||Volkswagen of America Inc||VA||Herndon||Auto||29,385||13,961||12,691||14,002|
|84||Goplus Corp||CA||Fontana||Consumer Products||NA||15,523||14,113||13,815|
|85||Nexen Tire USA||OH||Richfield||Tires||NA||NA||NA||13,810|
|86||Sentury Tire USA Inc||FL||Hialeah||Tires||12,336||13,074||13,029||13,793|
|87||Danone Inc||NY||White Plains||Food & Beverages||NA||NA||NA||13,729|
|89||Jo-Ann Stores Inc||OH||Hudson||Retail||14,401||15,159||15,594||13,565|
|90||Hennes and Mauritz LP (H&M)||NY||New York City||Apparel and Cosmetics||NA||NA||13,474||13,533|
|91||99 Cents Only Stores||CA||Commerce||Retailer||NA||NA||15,029||13,490|
|92||City Furniture and Appliances||AB||Peace River||Furniture and Appliances||NA||10,812||15,382||13,325|
|93||Giti Tire Usa Ltd||CA||Rancho Cucamonga||Tires||11,986||13,158||14,334||13,232|
|95||Williams Sonoma Inc||CA||San Francisco||Home Furnishings||11,174||35,620||20,426||13,187|
|96||Nissan North America Inc||TN||Franklin||Auto||13,738||9,503||15,459||13,081|
|97||Ford Motor Co||MI||Dearborn||Auto||NA||NA||13,981||13,070|
|98||CNH (Case New Holland)||WI||Racine||Farming Equipment||NA||NA||12,796||13,060|
|99||Proctor & Gamble Company||OH||Cincinnati||Health & Beauty/Consumer||NA||NA||13,464||13,038|
|100||Sailun Tires Americas Inc||ON||Brampton||Tires||NA||NA||NA||12,928|
Source data provided by Descartes Datamyne
Notes to the AJOT’s Top 100 Importers chart for 2023
The AJOT’s Top 100 Importers chart featured annually for over two decades in the “Top North American Importers and Exporters” edition highlights the largest “importers” in terms of TEUs (Twenty-foot-equivalent units). This data reflects ocean imports from bills of ladings (BLs) and for statistical purposes averages this tally out into TEUs. For this reason, the totals do not exactly align with TEU totals reported by U.S. port authorities. Equally, all boxes (TEUs) aren’t created equal as the dollar value of one item such as electronics can be vastly larger than say paper products. Also, some freight “cubes out” and other freight “weigh out” as the density of the items varies enormously. The chart reflects, as the name implies, only imports for two reasons: the first is that imports vastly out pace exports and thus are of principle interest; and secondly the accuracy of export data for many reasons, isn’t as well-defined as import data.
As in past years, the information in the AJOT’s Top 100 Importers chart was derived from Descartes-Datamyne’s excellent system (www.datamyne.com). The data was assembled with care, but as a caveat, all information is wrought with so many variables that the final result should be viewed with prudence. [See Disclaimer]
It also is worth keeping in mind that U.S. importers frequently use third parties for the entry of goods thus the numbers in the charts are largely those which appear under the importer’s own name or sourcing company. For example, WalMart exceeded a million TEUs in imports over a decade ago and our figures “only” show just under 94,889 TEUs. A number of the other name mega-retailers and online-retailers have similar under reporting of their overall imports. In this year’s data Target doesn’t even make the list, although through unofficial incidental data we can make estimates that put the mega-retailer probably over 200,000 TEUs. And Amazon, which led the ranking for the last two years posted a meager 21,773 TEUs in 2022 but similar to WalMart’s case, likely had numbers in excess of 400,000 TEUs. A similar case can be made for Home Depot at 59th which posted just over 18,000 TEUs after nearly hitting 72,000 TEUs in the 2022 chart.
In some cases, the data for previous years is NA or Not Available which in most instances, such as BMW North America simply means it didn’t make the “Top 100” lists. In other cases, the reporting has changed, and the data isn’t available in any meaningful way – the numbers are simply too low.
Other incidental data does help fill in some blanks – deliveries to known DCs and warehouses or handling by 3PL (third party logistics providers) can in instances be traced to the BCO (beneficial cargo owner).
However, even with the above-mentioned caveats, the TEU totals do give a fair representation of year-to-year “activity” and are an interesting barometer to trade and trading behavior.
This year’s chart leader is Dole with 234,000 TEUs. Dole consistently has posted TEU totals in 230,000-240,000 range. Interestingly, fruit/produce suppliers again were high on the Top 100 list. Chiquita came in number 3 at over a 171,000 TEUs while Del Monte tapped in at 7th with over 143,000 TEUs. A little farther down, Fyffes Tropical at 28th posted nearly 35,000 TEUs while the Sol Group just behind at 29th checked in with nearly 31,000 TEUs.
Samsung America placed 2nd and notched almost 176,000 TEUs while rival LG Electronics USA was 5th with over 155,000 TEUs.
Almost every year, Ikea is the top in home furnishings. This year Ikea was 4th on the list at over 170,000 TEUs. But the sector is well represented as Room To Go (RTG) was 12th and topped 58,000 while At Homes Stores at 23rd hit nearly 41,000 TEUs and Euromarket Designs (Crate and Barrel) at 25th tipped 38,000 TEUs. Living Spaces came in at 39th with 24,000 TEUs while Ashley Furniture at 41st hit just over 23,000 TEUs
Other regular “top of the chart” makers were present in this year’s version. Nike at 8th and Adidas 11th posted 110,000 TEUs and 60,000 TEUs respectively. Another top of the chart company Heineken 10th imported nearly 66,000 TEUs, almost the same as in 2021.
As a group autos, auto parts and tires represent the largest slice of the chart, with 26 entries. Mercedes Benz was first in the category (13th overall) with over 57,000 TEUs, followed closely by Michelin (14th) with over 54,000 TEUs, Continental Tire (17th) at 48,705 TEUs and Yokohama (18th) with 47,249 TEUs.
As in all years the importers listed within the chart have great variety, reflecting the vast array of commodities imported into North America. Interestingly, many importers posted better figures in 2022 than 2021, albeit considering reporting changes. Already in this year, the data is reflecting the influence of inflation and higher interest rates. But as the recessionary trends lessen and employment figures remain strong, 2023 might turn out to be better than the “recovery” year of 2022.
Descartes-Datamyne data provides 12 months of aggregated statistics on the waterborne trading activity of US importers in the US.
For companies that have multiple locations or units engaged in trade, trade statistics are aggregated by individual location or unit, and then totaled at the company headquarters level, as identified by D&B, or by Descartes-Datamyne if D&B data is not available.
Descartes-Datamyne data does NOT include information on shipments for which the consignee is NOT identified. Generally, these are shipments handled by an intermediary such as an NVOCC or other third-party service provider.
Note, too, that companies may not be identified in shipment records because they are exercising their legal right to restrict the public release of information about their trading activities.