US imports of automotive parts

In 2020 the US imported over US$131 billion in automotive parts. This is a 15% decrease from 2019 due to the global pandemic. The peak year for imports of automotive parts into the US was 2018 at US$157.8 billion. Scroll down for interactive import tables.

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Top countries for automotive parts imports 2020:

  1. auto parts imports exportsMexico US$51,621,152,611 (39% of all imports of automotive parts into the US)
  2. Canada US$14,067,303,871 (11% of all imports)
  3. Japan US$12,058,709,417 (9.2%)
  4. China US$11,437,073,996 (8.7%)
  5. Germany US$8,435,200,966 (6.4%)
  6. Korea US$8,164,391,358 (6.2%)
  7. Thailand US$4,141,776,533 (3.1%)
  8. Taiwan US$3,259,879,816 (2.5%)
  9. Vietnam US$1,677,877,332 (1.3%)
  10. Italy US$1,496,377,260 (1.1%)

In 2020, the value of imported auto parts was 197% higher than the value of auto parts exported from the US. In 2020 the US imported US$131.5 billion in automotive parts and exported US$66.69 billion in automotive parts. In 2016 it was 182%, when the US exported $81.095 billion in automotive parts and imported $147.97 billion.

In 2020 the US imported over US$131 billion in #automotive parts. Click To Tweet Tariffs on imported automotive parts are a topic of discussion and is frequently in the news. Opponents of tariffs often point to potential harm to the US consumer or automotive industry through higher costs of imported goods. Proponents of tariffs often point to the an “imbalance” of exports vs. imports, citing the $66.69 billion export value vs. the $131.5 billion in import value. The arguments pro or against tariffs are more detailed and complex than we can cover in this analysis.

Imports of auto parts from Mexico, Canada, Japan and other countries

In 2020 the US imported over $51B in #automotive parts from Mexico, a 15.4% decrease from 2019. Click To TweetThe top countries sending auto parts into the US are Mexico, Canada and Japan. China, formerly #3 is now #4 and Germany is #5. Chinese automotive parts imported into the US peaked at $20 billion in 2018, an increase of 15% over 2017.

Here is a table showing the top 20 countries that import automotive parts to the US. The top row shows the total amount of auto parts imports from the entire world, for the past seven years. The table includes both OEM and aftermarket auto parts and can be sorted and searched.

 2020201920182017201620152014201320122011
WORLD$131,509,074,066$155,610,678,571$157,801,339,725$147,880,118,016$147,970,571,336$150,178,924,077$145,127,285,263$132,079,438,589$130,018,279,351$113,984,725,285
Mexico$51,621,152,611$60,781,901,664$58,924,591,501$54,874,198,046$55,059,598,583$53,092,388,701$49,391,866,761$44,294,287,060$41,020,620,806$35,609,826,651
Canada$14,067,303,871$16,904,481,464$17,223,360,574$16,086,439,817$17,057,193,069$17,726,707,975$18,249,062,219$16,924,839,618$17,433,406,528$16,354,060,920
Japan$12,058,709,417$14,869,630,896$16,074,969,329$16,263,563,596$15,066,679,288$14,856,837,354$15,917,256,589$15,944,723,603$18,307,801,106$15,034,522,801
China$11,437,073,996$15,572,308,099$20,120,982,055$17,576,052,577$17,365,092,076$18,750,546,971$18,541,340,290$16,298,592,105$14,964,512,171$12,466,227,605
Germany$8,435,200,966$9,224,735,704$9,595,169,700$9,855,025,575$10,042,005,179$11,283,104,331$10,715,202,919$9,817,313,794$9,677,772,836$8,180,424,450
Korea$8,164,391,358$9,410,663,995$8,856,236,664$8,277,489,756$9,243,717,053$9,100,719,759$8,716,942,165$8,150,939,513$7,956,251,116$6,650,721,632
Thailand$4,141,776,533$4,327,101,688$3,497,946,045$3,188,404,069$2,993,374,062$2,546,007,218$2,071,855,582$1,852,988,471$2,045,518,690$2,143,164,766
Taiwan$3,259,879,816$3,407,438,367$3,233,046,355$3,157,650,629$2,955,786,617$3,121,937,224$2,902,067,456$2,693,214,414$2,579,568,272$2,401,539,663
Vietnam$1,677,877,332$1,615,198,359$1,402,210,036$1,190,846,356$918,085,468$767,493,733$629,615,627$584,549,113$538,203,055$345,732,236
Italy$1,496,377,260$1,437,532,018$1,652,848,752$1,116,845,799$1,341,877,958$1,635,982,971$1,605,517,288$1,124,970,737$1,072,907,312$932,200,896
India$1,492,732,169$1,972,813,334$1,794,032,694$1,463,297,268$1,266,276,897$1,405,909,754$1,279,809,263$1,013,037,825$1,172,207,458$1,071,073,918
United Kingdom$1,064,167,484$1,402,163,242$1,426,837,096$1,306,260,209$1,183,398,177$1,325,122,574$1,401,974,598$1,296,987,508$1,157,500,311$941,051,070
Austria$1,046,145,774$1,039,913,441$1,044,795,780$1,149,686,564$1,123,856,030$1,374,426,970$1,377,170,974$953,013,723$986,227,979$1,620,785,098
Spain$968,317,134$1,036,866,601$895,766,492$951,972,637$887,199,170$1,099,663,442$1,040,352,939$903,254,998$806,208,396$458,459,462
Indonesia$933,120,548$1,012,604,055$1,017,771,075$1,139,649,360$1,208,877,805$1,067,776,023$843,263,223$852,472,242$837,466,943$862,168,793
Brazil$932,723,467$1,253,501,298$1,242,780,330$1,129,549,832$984,115,086$1,079,459,310$1,095,222,918$1,147,106,045$1,511,483,389$1,573,108,616
Czech Republic$779,827,827$863,811,133$832,235,411$832,859,063$830,030,843$871,465,387$742,195,021$675,962,109$646,830,143$537,016,014
Philippines$752,421,590$1,034,365,296$859,812,827$854,167,135$852,561,649$916,947,819$769,631,373$632,399,731$563,510,760$487,396,820
Malaysia$679,050,429$627,598,424$501,710,178$373,685,441$393,686,684$383,248,338$319,271,461$273,344,913$286,532,785$220,198,346
Poland$608,946,237$628,584,702$498,810,863$473,389,577$464,644,630$480,998,156$502,824,775$445,754,240$441,431,112$294,213,839

Imports of automotive parts from the US by part type

This table shows the types of parts imported to the United States by year. It includes both OEM and aftermarket auto parts and shows the Harmonized System (HS) code for each part type. This table can be sorted and searched.

US Exports by Part Type

HS Code/Part Description201620152014201320122011
870810 Bumpers & Parts$602,758,293$584,316,771$600,134,575$523,408,697$522,688,854$493,538,294
870821 Safety Seat Belts$68,631,912$61,724,172$59,849,636$73,072,222$79,017,381$78,865,061
870829 Body Parts & Access$8,529,253,106$8,210,384,661$8,526,642,438$8,661,334,740$8,205,476,601$7,582,295,017
870830 Brakes & Parts$2,479,888,996$2,368,228,799$2,231,514,398$2,090,032,277$2,218,908,526$1,961,824,257
870840 Gear Boxes$6,379,708,627$6,035,160,148$5,998,300,199$6,001,638,126$5,165,350,928$4,990,756,761
870850 Drive Axles w/ Differentials$2,067,792,245$2,153,037,873$2,106,295,099$1,885,303,230$1,984,308,374$1,850,653,303
870870 Road Wheels & Access$832,071,446$1,030,989,460$1,215,594,590$1,185,429,798$1,124,498,247$970,833,345
870880 Suspension Shock Absorbers$2,092,620,007$2,270,230,920$2,103,764,054$2,108,664,044$2,053,881,522$1,859,776,857
870891 Radiators$422,296,544$467,038,305$491,727,767$524,875,825$584,165,547$490,331,339
870892 Mufflers & Exhaust Pipes$644,063,032$690,920,082$648,566,394$832,068,076$940,431,295$848,423,403
870893 Clutches & Parts$653,076,919$625,773,260$636,451,839$598,977,653$557,194,688$539,342,994
870894 Steering Wheels, Columns & Boxes$2,350,864,370$2,223,128,074$1,955,982,219$1,887,891,154$1,638,336,968$1,421,379,366
870895 Safety Airbags$1,399,185,762$1,284,496,599$1,189,689,734$1,142,954,991$1,118,403,140$987,556,828
870899 Other Parts & Accessories$9,422,174,041$10,857,420,524$9,599,356,486$9,901,168,063$10,975,447,341$10,276,416,317

More information on the automotive aftermarket

If you’d like more information on the automotive aftermarket, including size of the aftermarket in the US, Canada, Mexico and other countries, read this post on the size of the automotive aftermarket.

Information sources for this article

United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Foreign Trade Division; Bureau of the Census USA Trade and Investopedia. Import and export statistics pulled from TPIS Database: USHS IMPORTS, Revised Statistics for 2011-2020.