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India among largest importers in the world

Last updated on: March 21, 2013 09:04 IST

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There are some countries that import everything from hardware tools to cranes to defence equipment, while some nations are not so dependent on imports.

Let's take a look at 20 countries that are biggest importers in the world.

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The United States

Total yearly imports: $2.23 trillion

Global rank: 1

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China

Total yearly imports: $1.74 trillion

Global rank: 2

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Germany

Total yearly imports: $1.98 trillion

Global rank: 3

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Japan

Total yearly imports: $808.4 billion

Global rank: 4

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France

Total yearly imports: $688.5 billion

Global rank: 5

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The United Kingdom

Total yearly imports: $639.5 billion

Global rank: 6

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Italy

Total yearly imports: $556.4 billion

Global rank: 7

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South Korea

Total yearly imports: $524.4 billion

Global rank: 8

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The Netherlands

Total yearly imports: $493.1 billion

Global rank: 9

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Hong Kong

Total yearly imports: $482.6 billion

Global rank: 10

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India

Total yearly imports: $461.4 billion

Global rank: 11

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Canada

Total yearly imports: $461 billion

Global rank: 12

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Singapore

Total yearly imports: $366.3 billion

Global rank: 13

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Spain

Total yearly imports: $363.1 billion

Global rank: 14

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Belgium

Total yearly imports: $355.1 billion

Global rank: 15

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Mexico

Total yearly imports: $350.8 billion

Global rank: 16

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Russia

Total yearly imports: $322.5 billion

Global rank: 17

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Switzerland

Total yearly imports: $294.1 billion

Global rank: 18

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Taiwan

Total yearly imports: $279.4 billion

Global rank: 19

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Australia

Total yearly imports: $243.4 billion

Global rank: 20

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Turkey

Total yearly imports: $232.9 billion

Global rank: 21

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Brazil

Total yearly imports: $219.6 billion

Global rank: 22

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Poland

Total yearly imports: $208 billion

Global rank: 23

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Thailand

Total yearly imports: $196.3 billion

Global rank: 24

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The United Arab Emirates

Total yearly imports: $185.6 billion

Global rank: 25


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