Both your links (same data) are ESTIMATED data for imports to be achieved in 2014. My Bloomberg link below (from early 2013) is facts for 2012, the first year China imported (and exported) more than the US did, so that made "news" at Bloomberg. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-to-become-the-world-s-biggest-trading-nation Here are some specific factual (not estimated) data from it: " U.S. exports and imports of goods last year totaled $3.82 trillion, the U.S. Commerce Department said last week. China’s customs administration reported last month that the country’s trade in goods in 2012 amounted to $3.87 trillion. " Note an increasing volume of imports is now coming from other Asian countries, the suppliers of low value added component with high labor content as China, after years of double digit annual salary increases, can not make these items as cheaply as their suppliers, like Vietman, can. This importation by China is sending ever increasing volumes of Yuan to these other Asian nations, but they quickly come back as their populations buy ever greater volume of Chinese higher valued added manufactured goods - Why China leads the world in both imports and exports, which are increasing going to low labor cost Asian nations, not US or Europe, although, I think those exports are also growing, just more slowly than to the Asian nations. Ironically these low value added imports make a "round trip" as they are incorporated components in the high value added goods China increasingly exports back to the Asian suppliers. As I stated, in post 875, US does have greater volume (dollar value) in services provided, as Bloomber confirms: " When taking into account services, U.S. total trade amounted* to $4.93 trillion in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The U.S. recorded a surplus in services of $195.3 billion last year and a goods deficit of more than $700 billion, according to BEA figures released Feb. 8. China’s 2012 trade surplus, measured in goods, totaled $231.1 billion. " Although your posts are rich in personal attacks and make false claims about what I said /posted, they don't have any backing from reputable sources of facts (Estimates are not facts.) You put words in my mouth with statement below, which contradicts what I actually said about international trade in services. I even suggested that England (as well as US) provided world with more "services" than China did! joepistole said here: http://www.sciforums.com/threads/bric-news-comments.84022/page-44#post-3333910↑ (end of first paragraph) "No you don't Billy T, you inform with "misinformation". ... China isn't the largest importer of goods and services. The US is the largest importer of goods and services." I never said that China was world's largest importer of services. I said exactly the opposite, (first paragraph of post 875) so choke on the words you stuffed in my mouth. * underlined in the original as it is there a "click-on" link to: http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/trade/2013/pdf/trad1212.pdf Note my posts are filled with links to FACTS (not estimates) and many reference to post numbers where quoted statements were first said. - You don't have even one of either type - just claims. PS I'm still waiting for at least one example of me posting "misinformation" about China as you said I did in your personal attack that starts your post 878.