Importation is what happens when goods are purchased from a foreign country to be sold at home. The importation of cars into the U.S. is what makes it possible for you to buy a Honda or a BMW.

If two countries have a trade agreement, it means they've worked out a deal for importation and exportation. When lobster is shipped from Maine and sold in China, that's exportation, and when macarons are baked in Paris and sold in New York, that's U.S. importation. The noun importation comes from the verb import, which first meant "convey information" and then "bring in goods from abroad," from the Latin portare, "to carry."

Definitions of importation

n the commercial activity of buying and bringing in goods from a foreign country

secretly importing prohibited goods or goods on which duty is due
the smuggling of guns and ammunition into a country secretly and illegally
Type of:
commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

n commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country

export, exportation
commodities (goods or services) sold to a foreign country
Type of:
commodity, good, trade good
articles of commerce

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