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

The latest value for Imports of goods and services (current US$) in Lesotho was $1,904,851,000 as of 2016. Over the past 56 years, the value for this indicator has fluctuated between $2,686,797,000 in 2012 and $13,299,730 in 1960.

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
1960 $13,299,730
1961 $16,239,680
1962 $20,019,600
1963 $23,939,520
1964 $25,759,480
1965 $29,259,410
1966 $32,059,360
1967 $33,599,330
1968 $33,879,320
1969 $34,019,320
1970 $33,599,330
1971 $41,946,310
1972 $55,938,600
1973 $82,132,570
1974 $116,262,000
1975 $155,510,500
1976 $204,691,800
1977 $217,341,300
1978 $241,490,300
1979 $358,669,800
1980 $475,089,900
1981 $508,034,200
2007 $1,880,617,000
2008 $1,911,937,000
2009 $1,986,902,000
2010 $2,412,541,000
2011 $2,632,465,000
2012 $2,686,797,000
2013 $2,250,123,000
2014 $2,151,612,000
2015 $2,048,944,000
2016 $1,904,851,000

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