Imports of goods and services (current US$) - Country Ranking - Middle East

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.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 United Arab Emirates 353,764,000,000.00 2016
2 Turkey 214,637,000,000.00 2016
3 Saudi Arabia 195,108,000,000.00 2016
4 Israel 89,536,300,000.00 2016
5 Iran 87,190,860,000.00 2016
6 Iraq 69,900,000,000.00 2016
7 Qatar 63,458,790,000.00 2016
8 Kuwait 51,478,490,000.00 2016
9 Pakistan 44,631,440,000.00 2016
10 Oman 23,783,870,000.00 2016
11 Lebanon 23,370,610,000.00 2016
12 Bahrain 21,088,030,000.00 2016
13 Jordan 16,458,590,000.00 2009
14 Turkmenistan 15,610,510,000.00 2012
15 Syrian Arab Republic 15,286,440,000.00 2007
16 Uzbekistan 13,876,900,000.00 2016
17 Afghanistan 9,544,684,000.00 2016
18 Yemen 6,854,528,000.00 2016
19 Kyrgyz Republic 4,710,213,000.00 2016
20 Tajikistan 3,320,955,000.00 2015

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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