Bhutan - Imports of goods and services (current US$)

The latest value for Imports of goods and services (current US$) in Bhutan was $1,174,760,000 as of 2016. Over the past 36 years, the value for this indicator has fluctuated between $1,282,995,000 in 2011 and $51,145,040 in 1980.

Definition: Imports of goods and services represent the value of all goods and other market services received from the rest of the world. They include the value of merchandise, freight, insurance, transport, travel, royalties, license fees, and other services, such as communication, construction, financial, information, business, personal, and government services. They exclude compensation of employees and investment income (formerly called factor services) and transfer payments. Data are in current U.S. dollars.

Source: World Bank national accounts data, and OECD National Accounts data files.

See also:

Year Value
1980 $51,145,040
1981 $70,324,480
1982 $71,035,940
1983 $75,792,080
1984 $76,389,970
1985 $88,067,900
1986 $105,563,800
1987 $96,440,580
1988 $139,419,500
1989 $104,771,400
1990 $91,892,630
1991 $100,325,400
1992 $140,203,700
1993 $103,725,600
1994 $106,766,300
1995 $129,190,300
1996 $144,504,100
1997 $168,768,100
1998 $186,282,100
1999 $212,456,100
2000 $212,059,100
2001 $227,453,400
2002 $264,919,900
2003 $316,165,500
2004 $436,818,200
2005 $527,747,500
2006 $531,258,300
2007 $685,306,900
2008 $729,319,200
2009 $786,732,000
2010 $1,121,424,000
2011 $1,282,995,000
2012 $1,149,630,000
2013 $1,119,923,000
2014 $1,115,099,000
2015 $1,271,196,000
2016 $1,174,760,000

Limitations and Exceptions: Because policymakers have tended to focus on fostering the growth of output, and because data on production are easier to collect than data on spending, many countries generate their primary estimate of GDP using the production approach. Moreover, many countries do not estimate all the components of national expenditures but instead derive some of the main aggregates indirectly using GDP (based on the production approach) as the control total. Data on exports and imports are compiled from customs reports and balance of payments data. Although the data from the payments side provide reasonably reliable records of cross-border transactions, they may not adhere strictly to the appropriate definitions of valuation and timing used in the balance of payments or corresponds to the change-of ownership criterion. This issue has assumed greater significance with the increasing globalization of international business. Neither customs nor balance of payments data usually capture the illegal transactions that occur in many countries. Goods carried by travelers across borders in legal but unreported shuttle trade may further distort trade statistics.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Gross domestic product (GDP) from the expenditure side is made up of household final consumption expenditure, general government final consumption expenditure, gross capital formation (private and public investment in fixed assets, changes in inventories, and net acquisitions of valuables), and net exports (exports minus imports) of goods and services. Such expenditures are recorded in purchaser prices and include net taxes on products.

Aggregation method: Gap-filled total

Periodicity: Annual


Topic: Economic Policy & Debt Indicators

Sub-Topic: National accounts