by Jim Quinn
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Which companies are the biggest importers and exporters in the U.S.? The majority of people will know the names of the businesses that ship the most goods into the country (measured by volume transported on container ships), but the biggest exporters hardly ring a bell.
While big retailers like Walmart, Target or Home Depot dominate the imports list, the biggest U.S. exporters deal with products that don’t inspire the imagination, like paper, or that Americans would rather forget about, like their trash. Out of the top seven U.S. exporters, four deal with recyclables. Other products exported in large volumes are packaging, chemicals and animal feed, according to industry publication JOC.
Largest importer Walmart has a big lead on runner-up Target and is also way ahead of the biggest U.S. exporter, America Chung Nam. While Walmart has 2.2 million employees, the paper and plastics recycling company headquartered in City of Industry, Calif., only has 200, according to Zoominfo. Their containers full of old cardboard and plastic recyclables are mainly headed for China.