The country’s total imports in January-September 2018 amounted to US$80.67 billion, an increase of 16.3% from US$69.38 billion in January-September 2017. China ranked first among the Philippines’ top import suppliers, with receipts amounting to US$15.63 billion. This is an increase of 26.3% from US$12.38 billion during the same period last year. Other top Philippine import suppliers in January-September 2018 were: South Korea, US$8.28 billion; Japan, US$7.90 billion; USA, US$5.81 billion; and, Thailand, US$5.80 billion.
Electronic products topped the country’s imports in January-September 2018, with receipts valued at US$20.82 billion, an increase of 20.5% from its level in the same period last year at US$17.27 billion. Other top import products in January-September 2018 were: mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials, US$9.53 billion; transport equipment, US$8.51 billion; industrial machinery and equipment, US$5.28 billion; and, iron and steel, US$4.41 billion.