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Contribution of Imports to U.S. Food Supplies
The Sixth Chart shows graphically the complete dependence of the United States on imports to provide some of the most common items we consume every day and the high dependence on imports for several others. It is interesting to note that three-fifths of all imports of foodstuffs into the United States are tropical items—such as coffee, tea, bananas, cocoa, spices—which are not commercially grown in this country.
Leading Commodities in U.S. Foreign Trade--1956
The Seventh Chart has been prepared to provide some specific examples of the principal products involved in U.S. foreign trade. The graph of exports at the left of this chart gives some idea of the range of products we sell abroad, both agricultural and manufactured. The graph of principal imports at the right shows again the extent to which primary products, both foods and raw materials, make up our purchases from abroad. Note how much greater is the dollar value of the machinery we export ($3.8 billion) than the value of the machinery we buy abroad ($354.4 million).
Products We Buy and Sell Abroad
The Eighth Chart sums up the story of our foreign trade for 1956, the latest
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