1. Among those who would be interested in this number are politicians, macroeconomists and executives of large corporations who are involved in the import/export process.
2. This statistic is collected via a census by the U.S. Census Bureau, specifically the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. It is collected once a month.
3. The total value for imports in January 2010 was $180 billion. In December of 2009 the total value of imports was $183.1 billion.
January 2009: $160.9 billion
January 2008: $206.4 billion
January 2007: $185.8 billion
This number is typically used in comparison with other numbers such as: value of total exports, value of service imports, value of good imports and value of deficit (in the case of the US) between exports and imports)