MAPPED: The world's biggest importers

Get the Full StoryThe US is one of the largest importers.

Germany and China are also up there.

Visualizing the World’s Largest Importers in 2017

For most world leaders and corporate executives, the swing of the global pendulum to more protectionist policies has been an unpleasant surprise.

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