US importers epitomize diversity of products

By: | Issue #642 | at 09:10 AM | Channel(s): International Trade  

The Select U.S. Importers chart epitomizes what every U.S. consumer already knows – there is a wide diversity of products heading for our stores and with e-commerce, our doors, like never before.

The mega-retailers like the ubiquitous Wal-Mart, Target and Lowes often use third parties and confidential contracts, which portrays these giants as much smaller importers than is the case. For example, Wal-Mart likely passed the million TEU mark years ago and other mega-retailers are likely moving closer to that threshold as well.

But the vast majority of U.S. importers are far more modest in size and their diversity mirrors the nation’s economy.

What Drives an Economy?

With a cursory view of the chart, the one sector that stands out is autos. Tire companies are continuing to fill inbound shipments. Hankook, for example, registered over 50,000 TEUs, while Michelin almost hit that mark. Nearly all the major auto makers have huge supporting shipments for their autos and related businesses. Automotive parts are also well represented. Companies like Mobis and Keystone Automotive both are around 30,000 TEUs worth of shipments.

Although automotive is significant, it’s hard to overlook imports of fresh produce. Dole Food has imports equivalent over 230,000 TEUs and Chiquita over 160,000, to lead the sector. Del Monte notched over 50,000 TEUs and Sol Group almost the same, reflecting the high demand for fresh produce.

Similar to produce, the food and beverage shipments are a major import segment in the US. Heineken, Anheuser Busch, Nestle Waters and Red Bull all are top importers.

Consumer electronics have for the last couple of decades been a major contributor to U.S. import totals. LG Electronics and Samsung both accounted for over 120,000 TEUs. Long time industry staples like Sunbeam, Electrolux and Homelite also are still important contributors to the sector.

Another landmark consumer oriented segment is furniture. The mega-furniture retailer, IKEA tallied a remarkable 138,000 TEUs but had plenty of company. RTG Furniture, Arauco and Bob’s Discount all had over 30,000 TEUs worth of furniture imports.

Discount retailers are a mainstay and while e-commerce has had an impact, many discount and specialty retailers have continued to post strong import totals. K-Mart/Sears heads the pack with just over 50,000 TEUs but Dollar Tree, Dollar General and J.C. Penney all posted over 30,000 TEUs. The apparel and shoe retailers follow close on the heels of the discount segment. For instance, Hanes Brand tallied over 42,000 TEUs, while up and coming Under Armour Inc was over 18,000.

New Entries

If anything, the imports to the US reflect a changing economy. A few years back, QVC, the online TV shopping company, sprung onto the list, and now Hanwha Q Cells, Trina Solar, Jinkosolar and Canadian Solar, all with over 12,900 TEUs worth of solar cell equipment have made their way onto the list.

Another group OLAM, a major agri-business company also popped up.

What the future holds is hard to tell as politics and trade wrestle, but one constant is change and no doubt next year’s version will reflect that.

Top North American Importers

Importer State City Industry Est. TEU
Dole Food Company CA Thousand Oaks Fruits/Produce 230846
Chiquita Fresh North America NC Charlotte Fruits/Produce 162917
Ikea PA Conshohocken Furniture 138402
Lg Electronics USA Inc AL Huntsville Retail Electronics 124055
Samsung America Inc NJ Ridgefield Park Retail Electronics 87956
Heineken Usa Inc NY White Plains Beverage 71796
Red Bull North America Inc CA Santa Monica Beverage 61550
Newton Buyer (Homegoods) MA Framingham Retail 56913
Del Monte Fresh Produce FL Coral Gables Fruits/Produce 53230
Hankook Tire TN Nashville Tires 52638
Kmart Corporation IL Hoffman Estates Retail 50229
Michelin North America Inc SC Greenville Tires 48506
Rtg Furniture Corp FL Seffner Furniture 48004
Bmw Manufacturing Co Llc SC Greer Auto 47528
Michaels Stores Inc TX Irving Retail 47302
Anheuser Busch Inc MO Saint Louis Beverage 46779
Toys R Us Warehouse NJ Wayne Retail 45600
Dollar General Corporation TN Goodlettsville Retail 44441
Sol Group Marketing Co. FL Pompano Beach Fruits/Produce 43227
Hanes Brand Inc NC Winston-Salem Retail 42648
Dollar Tree Distribution Inc VA Chesapeake Retail 42610
Nestle Waters North America CT Stamford Beverage 37142
Mercedes Benz Usa GA Atlanta Auto 36883
Arauco Wood Products GA Atlanta Furniture 35430
Mobis Parts CA Fountain Valley Auto Parts 33765
JC Penney Purchasing Corp TX Plano Retail 33249
Bobs Discount Furniture Inc CT Manchester Furniture 31856
Sunbeam Products Inc FL Boca Raton Home Appliances 29558
Kubota Tractor Corporation TX Grapevine Agriculture 28767
Electrolux Company NC Charotte Home Appliances 28433
Keystone Automotive Tn Inc TN Nashville Auto Parts 28323
Toyota Tsusho America Inc NY New York Auto Parts 28237
Daimler/Chrysler/Fiat MI Auburn Hills Auto 26457
Hyundai Group CA Fountain Valley Auto 25701
Hanwha Q Cells Usa CA Irvine Solar 24845
Mattel Inc CA El Segundo Retail 24825
Continental Tire No. America SC Fort Mill Tires 23515
Nissan North America Inc TN Franklin Auto 22577
Raymour & Flanigan NY Liverpool Furniture 22515
Adidas America Inc OR Portland Retail 22424
Bridgestone Americas Tire TN Nashville Tires 21202
Dubal America Inc MO Saint Louis Aluminum Prod. 20933
Goodyear OH Akron Tires 20587
Yamaha Motor Corp CA Cypress Motorized Prod. 20515
Sumitomo Rubber NY Tonwanda Tires 20480
Subaru Of America Inc NJ Cherry Hill Auto 20416
Yokohama Tire Corporation CA Santa Ana Tires 20346
Trina Solar Us Inc CA San Jose Solar 19770
Coaster Of America Inc CA Santa Fe Springs Furniture 19531
Caterpillar Inc IL Peoria Machinery 19468
Pacific Cycle WI Madison Bicycle Importer 18923
Gea Products Lp CA Walnut Industrial Parts 18914
At Home Stores Llc TX Plano Furniture 18693
Southern Wine & Spirits FL Miami Beverage 18685
Under Armour Inc MD Baltimore Retail 18326
Euromarket Designs Inc IL Chicago Furniture 17665
Payless Shoesource Inc KS Topeka Shoe Retail 17515
Giti Tire Usa Ltd CA Rancho Cucamonga Tires 17191
Ta Chen International Inc CA Long Beach Industrial Parts 17136
Ricoh Americas Corporation CA Fontana Retail Electronics 17052
Cmpc Usa Inc GA Atlanta Paper/Plastics 16921
Jinkosolar U S Inc CA San Francisco Solar 16800
Skechers Usa Inc CA Manhattan Beach Shoe Retail 16797
Bissell Homecare Inc MI Grand Rapids Home Appliances 16754
E&E Co Ltd CA Fremont Furniture 16572
Toyo Tires Usa Corporation CA Cypress Tires 16330
Sharkninja Operating Llc MA Newton Home Appliances 15922
Lanxess Corp PA Pittsburgh Chemicals 15863
Graco Childrens Inc PA Exton Juvenile Retail 15826
Nextracker CA Fremont Solar 15818
Samsonite Corporation MA Mansfield Retail 15657
M&S Int’l (Marks & Spencer) UK London Retail 15517
Fred Meyer Inc OR Portland Supermarket 15095
Ms International Inc CA Orange Tile/Ceramics 15083
Black & Decker (Us) Inc. MD Towson Power Tools 14709
American Furniture WH CO Englewood Furniture 14389
Prime Wheel Corporation CA Gardena Auto Parts 14193
The William Carter Company GA Atlanta Juvenile Retail 13994
Pirelli Tire Llc GA Rome Tires 13775
Cost Plus Management Svs CA Oakland Retail 13476
Upm Kymmene Inc FI Helsinki Forest Industry 13385
Ameriwood Industrial Inc MO South Wright City Furniture 13331
Target MN Minneapolis Retail 13083
Costco Wholesale Corp WA Issaquah Retail 12982
Canadian Solar Usa Inc ON Guelph Solar 12906
Polo Ralph Lauren Corp NY New York Retail 12734
Solaris Paper Inc CA Santa Fe Springs Paper Products 12617
BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc MA Westborough Retail 12513
Pvh Corp NY New York Retail 12479
Honda North Americas Inc OH Raymond Auto 12418
Kia Motors America Inc CA Irvine Auto 12327
Keter North America Inc IN Carmel Plastic Products 12247
Nexen Tire America Inc CA Diamond Bar Tires 12233
Michael Kors NY New York Retail 12195
Qvc Inc PA West Chester Retail 12066
Volkswagen Of America Inc VA Herndon Auto 11968
Medical Depot Inc NY Port Washington Medical Equip. 11776
Kent Bicycles NJ Parsippany Bicycle Importer 11622
Olam CA Fresno Agri-Business 11319
Cooper Tire Rubber Company OH Findlay Tires 11258
Tireco Inc CA Gardena Tires 11211
Lowes NC Mooresville Retail 11156
Meijer Distribution Inc MI Grand Rapids Retail 10898
Central National Gottesman NY Purchase Pulp/Paper 10851
Wal Mart AR Bentonville Retail 10647
Homelite Consumer Products SC Anderson Outdoor Tools 10415
Jo-Ann Stores Inc OH Hudson Retail 10285
Feit Electric Company Inc CA Pico Rivera Light Bulbs 10280
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