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In 2009:

  • the importer population declined for the second consecutive year, decreasing 5.7% to 150,890 establishments (Table 1-1);

  • the value of imports declined for the first time since 2004, down 17.4% to $314.1 billion (Table 1-2);

  • within non-manufacturing sectors, the wholesale and retail trade sectors both reistered their larges decline in importer population as well as valueof imports (Table 1-1 and Table 1-2);

  • the manufacturing sector had the largest decrease in  number of importers on record, with decreases of 4.9% in population, and 28.3% in import value (Table 2-1 and Table 2-2) ;

  • the establishments that imported from both the United States and countries other than the United States accounted for 42.2% of the population and 95.4% of the total import value (Table 3-1 and Table 3-2);

  • imports originating from countries other than the United States continued to increase, accounting for close to half of the total value imported this year (Table 5-2).

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