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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an export/import ban
▪ The export ban on live cattle was brought in some years ago.
an import/export business
▪ Kingwell had an export business in New Zealand.
an import/export licence
▪ An export licence was issued in August last year.
import goods
▪ Western Europe is the world’s second largest market for imported goods.
import/export quotas
▪ British industry was sheltered from foreign competition by higher tariffs and import quotas.
import/export restrictions (=trade restrictions)
▪ Import restrictions on manufactured goods have been lifted.
▪ The final blow for many firms was the government's abolition of import duties which resulted in a flood of cheap imports.
▪ Farmers wary of increased competition from cheap imports also urged a ban.
▪ Other leading drug wholesalers in Britain also surreptitiously buy cheap imports using specially-established subsidiary companies.
▪ Without it, the gain is smaller and confined to the consumption benefit of cheaper imports.
▪ Will commercial vehicle operators buy long-lasting, reliable but expensive quality tyres, or cheap, short-life imports and re-moulds?
▪ It means cheaper imports, more pesetas for the pound, a stronger feelgood factor.
▪ Objective: to reduce costs, stay competitive, and beat off the threat from cheap foreign imports.
▪ The developing countries are pressed to eliminate trade barriers, which can lead to local producers being undermined by cheaper imports.
▪ And what if Clinton should press ahead with proposed measures to penalise foreign imports?
▪ Nor did this luxury stimulate local production: it was wasted on foreign imports which could never become productive at home.
▪ Since 1991, however, officials have begun gradually opening up the economy to foreign imports and investment.
▪ The sugar program provides loans to growers of 18 cents per pound for raw cane sugar production and limits foreign imports.
▪ Objective: to reduce costs, stay competitive, and beat off the threat from cheap foreign imports.
▪ The initial idea of making vases out of solid stone was probably a foreign import.
▪ It can prove that it has secured additional revenue sources, while protecting our screens from unwelcome foreign imports.
▪ Farmers mutter about cheap foreign imports bringing in the disease and the closure of local abattoirs allowing it to spread so quickly.
▪ The number of individual countries with hazardous waste import bans is now over one hundred.
▪ Severe import controls were introduced and were one of the factors explaining the slump in industrial production in 1973.
▪ The Authority's proposals had involved the imposition of import controls and production quotas.
▪ The final blow for many firms was the government's abolition of import duties which resulted in a flood of cheap imports.
▪ At the time, the country hiked import duties, imposed exchange-rate controls and nationalized the banks.
▪ Business is also booming in the Far East, though Hong Kong suffered from higher costs and increased import duties.
▪ In addition, import duties were levied on wines.
▪ Other import duties fell on sugar, tobacco, timber, silk, iron bars and, in some years, grain.
▪ Part of the reason for this recovery has been the reduction of import duties on foreign paper.
▪ But a family planning a wedding reception would be able to claim exemption from import duty.
▪ Most food imports went to comparatively few countries.
▪ It was not only food imports that were to be substituted in Franco's plan.
▪ This was sufficiently pronounced to offset the drop in the oil import bill following the recent price collapse.
▪ Its growth however has been constantly threatened by the size of the oil import bill.
▪ An interesting and ambitious solution to the oil import bill problem is to substitute synthetic petrol made from natural gas.
▪ The combination of low export prices and high oil import prices means Mr Kufuor's government will have little room to manoeuvre.
▪ These macro-economic effects depend not so much on volume as on the weight of oil imports in total trade.
▪ Taxes on cigarettes, or alcohol, or even oil imports have been proposed.
▪ In 1971 price controls on domestic production were imposed and the legislation limiting imports was repealed. Oil imports soared in 1972.
▪ And that's at import prices.
▪ As a result, import prices rise relatively little even when the dollar plunges.
▪ The combination of low export prices and high oil import prices means Mr Kufuor's government will have little room to manoeuvre.
▪ Insulation from external inflation With fixed exchange rates, inflation abroad is transmitted directly into higher import prices.
▪ Low inflation in industrialized countries restrained increases in import prices, resulting in a general improvement in the terms of trade.
▪ For example, rising import prices and the rising costs of the world's resources.
▪ Consider these in turn. 1 Rising import prices.
▪ And the resulting higher import prices will put upward pressure on inflation.
▪ For example, the enactment of import quotas, designed to compensate particular industrial supporters, may impose substantial additional costs.
▪ Conversely, suppose the United States was to solve its trade imbalance by imposing import quotas.
▪ Note also that with both the import quotas, the increase in the domestic firms' profits was substantial.
▪ Most important for our day is the almost universal support among economists for free trade and opposition to tariffs and import quotas.
▪ I was looking for a 4 × 4 vehicle and either building could have housed this year's import quota.
▪ The higher import quota also means greater volume and higher profit margins for other refiners like Alexander&038;.
▪ The emergency import restriction on cultural artifacts from El Salvador has been extended for another three years.
▪ However, with semen import restrictions off and markets opened up, that has changed with a vengeance.
▪ Details of any import restrictions or payment restrictions imposed by the government of the foreign country.
▪ This will produce more pressure in the west for import restrictions.
▪ The report claims that this would be more effective than resorting to timber import restrictions and the imposition of logging bans.
▪ Because import substitution rested on capital-intensive enterprises which required little labour and, therefore, did little to stimulate demand; 3.
▪ He argued that the road to development should be built with import substitution and quasi-socialism.
▪ Unfortunately, quasi-socialistic import substitution did not work anywhere it was tried.
▪ On Jan. 23 a decree suspended import tariffs retroactively from Jan. 15 until the expected announcement of new tariffs on April 1.
▪ Sales soared on low interest rates and declining import tariffs.
▪ Saitoti announced measures to promote exports, including a reform of the import tariff system to assist imports of manufacturing inputs.
▪ In addition to inadequate protection of intellectual property rights these included a range of import tariffs, import licensing and customs practices.
▪ The centrepiece of the package involved cuts in average import tariffs from 15 percent to 5 percent by 1996.
▪ In 1991 Côte d'Ivoire slapped an import tax on frozen beef.
▪ By eliminating import taxes, or tariffs, and other import restrictions at national borders.
▪ On Sept. 14 regulations restricting imports and exports had been lifted, except for certain products subject to quotas or special licences.
▪ They accused Clinton of using moralistic language to cloak protectionist policies aimed at restricting imports from Third World countries.
▪ Rangoon reacted to the charges by organising a vehement press campaign and restricting imports from its neighbour.
▪ Import prices rise and since imports are a large fraction of consumption, the consumer price index rises right along with imports.
▪ a matter of little import
▪ California small-car buyers tend to buy imports.
▪ Oil imports have risen recently.
▪ By contrast, both imports and exports are expected to grow at a similar rate.
▪ Of classical style this piece was certainly an import and it reveals the high quality of the Roman art form.
▪ Oil exporters, as noted, had to cut their imports and thus, perhaps, aggravated the world recession.
▪ Similarly, a change in taxation and autonomous changes in consumption, savings and imports will also affect national income.
▪ Similarly, archaeologists can use exports and imports of objects to extend chronological linkages by means of cross-dating.
▪ Under such conditions, what one group considers of value and of import may not necessarily have similar meaning for the others.
▪ Senor Gomorro was fined 350 pounds and told that illegally importing an animal is a serious offence.
▪ W was convicted of conspiracy to illegally import a controlled drug.
▪ Now the tax on importing used cars has been slashed.
▪ Domestically produced cars are overpriced while prices for imported cars verge on the absurd.
▪ He says that it's terrible that Britain is importing foreign coal.
▪ For example, some countries need to import coal because there are no indigenous supplies.
▪ A politically-controversial alternative would involve importing low-sulphur coal from overseas.
▪ The bill would lift a ban on U.S. pharmacists re-importing drugs.
▪ W was convicted of conspiracy to illegally import a controlled drug.
▪ Arable land on some islands in the Palau archipelago has been contaminated by sea water, forcing their inhabitants to import food.
▪ At these allocations the home country exports manufactures and imports food.
▪ Some were forcibly settled there by government directives, imported to help provide food resources for the remote garrison settlements.
▪ The technique allows manufacturers to shut down unofficially imported electronic goods.
▪ Thus they were unable to import consumer goods and meet basic needs of the people.
▪ Overvalued currencies kept the price of imported goods low, crowding out locally produced goods.
▪ She'd never really believed he was importing undeclared goods, or in any way breaking the law.
▪ To stem the flow, he advocates strict trade protections, including high tariffs on imported goods.
▪ Companies putting up factories at Subic can import goods for free and pay only a 5 percent tax on gross income.
▪ And school governor is fined for importing pornographic material.
▪ Briefly, they exported manufactured goods and capital, and they imported raw materials.
▪ Hull imported raw materials and later food for the industrial towns.
▪ Granite and alabaster were also imported with precious materials such as porphyry to give richness and lustre to interiors.
▪ It seems probable that Kent imported material directly from the Frankish world.
▪ However, many exporters import the materials and components used in their exported goods rather than buy them locally.
▪ Righton was fined £900 by Evesham court, Worcs, after he admitted importing and possessing indecent material.
▪ He was later fined 900 pounds after pleading guilty to possessing indecent photographs of children and importing indecent material.
▪ When oil was first imported this was the place chosen for an oil refinery.
▪ Although these can be valuable instruments of environmental policy, the application of such requirements to imported products can pose significant difficulties.
▪ It crushes our potentialities and invades our lives with its imported products and televised movies that swamp the airwaves.
▪ Heherson Alvarez said disagreements over the taxation of imported petroleum products has stalled the passage of an oil industry deregulation bill.
▪ They said the venture is being sold because the companies can import products more economically.
▪ This is especially true when the alternative to import the product or the process exists.
▪ The balance of payments gets better precisely because incomes are down and people can not afford to buy imported products.
▪ Many local industrialists rely on credit from international loan agencies, others import essential supplies and the majority import essential equipment.
▪ At these allocations the home country exports manufactures and imports food.
▪ A trade surplus means more products are being exported than imported.
▪ Most of the wines served in this restaurant are imported from France.
▪ The United States has to import some of its oil.
▪ Wood for the project will be imported from China.
▪ Cecil had imported a tribe of Bedouins to the site to play the spectacular scenes.
▪ King felt that importing additional slaves would make national defense more difficult and costly.
▪ There are new integrated editors for digitised sound play and editing - sound can be imported from Windows or AdLib files.
▪ These are made mainly of grain, much of which is imported from other parts of the world.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Import \Im*port"\, v. i. To signify; to purport; to be of moment. ``For that . . . importeth to the work.''


Import \Im"port\, n.

  1. Merchandise imported, or brought into a country from without its boundaries; -- generally in the plural, opposed to exports.

    I take the imports from, and not the exports to, these conquests, as the measure of these advantages which we derived from them.

  2. That which a word, phrase, or document contains as its signification or intention or interpretation of a word, action, event, and the like.

  3. Importance; weight; consequence.

    Most serious design, and the great import.


Import \Im*port"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imported; p. pr. & vb. n. Importing.] [L. importare to bring in, to occasion, to cause; pref. im- in + portare to bear. Sense 3 comes through F. importer, from the Latin. See Port demeanor.]

  1. To bring in from abroad; to introduce from without; especially, to bring (wares or merchandise) into a place or country from a foreign country, in the transactions of commerce; -- opposed to export. We import teas from China, coffee from Brazil, etc.

  2. To carry or include, as meaning or intention; to imply; to signify.

    Every petition . . . doth . . . always import a multitude of speakers together.

  3. To be of importance or consequence to; to have a bearing on; to concern.

    I have a motion much imports your good.

    If I endure it, what imports it you?

    Syn: To denote; mean; signify; imply; indicate; betoken; interest; concern.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "convey information, express, make known, signify," from Latin importare "bring in, convey," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Sense of "bring in goods from abroad" first recorded c.1500. Related: Imported; importing.


"consequence, importance," 1580s; sense of "that which is imported" is from 1680s; both from import (v.).


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context countable English) Something brought in from an exterior source, especially for sale or trade. 2 (context uncountable English) The practice of importing. 3 (context uncountable English) significance, importance. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To bring (something) in from a foreign country, especially for sale or trade. 2 (context transitive English) To load a file into a software application from another version or system. Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To be important; to be significant; to be of consequence. 2 (context transitive English) To be of importance to (someone or something). 3 (context transitive English) To be incumbent on (someone to do something). 4 (context transitive English) To be important or crucial to (that something happen). 5 (context transitive English) To mean, signify. 6 (context transitive archaic English) To express, to imply.

  1. n. commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country [syn: importation] [ant: export]

  2. an imported person brought from a foreign country; "the lead role was played by an import from Sweden"; "they are descendants of indentured importees" [syn: importee]

  3. the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambigtuous" [syn: meaning, significance, signification]

  4. a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred; "the significance of his remark became clear only later"; "the expectation was spread both by word and by implication" [syn: significance, implication]

  5. having important effects or influence; "decisions of great consequence are made by the president himself"; "virtue is of more moment that security" [syn: consequence, moment] [ant: inconsequence]

  1. v. bring in from abroad [ant: export]

  2. indicate or signify; "I'm afraid this spells trouble!" [syn: spell]

Import (disambiguation)

Import is the act of bringing goods into a country.

Import may also refer to:

  • import and export of data, in computing
  • import tariff, a tax on imported goods
  • import quota, a type of trade restriction
  • Import substitution industrialization, an economic policy
  • Import scene, a subculture that centers on modifying imported brand cars
  • The #Import directive in Objective-C
  • The import keyword in Java

An import is a good brought into a jurisdiction, especially across a national border, from an external source. The party bringing in the good is called an importer. An import in the receiving country is an export from the sending country. Importation and exportation are the defining financial transactions of international trade.

In international trade, the importation and exportation of goods are limited by import quotas and mandates from the customs authority. The importing and exporting jurisdictions may impose a tariff (tax) on the goods. In addition, the importation and exportation of goods are subject to trade agreements between the importing and exporting jurisdictions.

Usage examples of "import".

But IPC imported the remaining third from a large refinery in Abadan, Iran.

The top of each hill was prolonged to a point by the tapering minaret of one of those Abadite mosques which the girl thought the most Eastern of all things imported from the East.

In 1956 a Brazilian entomologist had imported African bees with the idea of crossbreeding them with Brazilian bees and creating a bee family as industrious as the Africans but as as the European bee.

Until some other country was willing to furnish Jordan with the cheap oil and major import market its economy required, the Security Council was not going to enforce the sanctions against Amman for fear of wreaking havoc in the Hashimite Kingdom.

It was not, however, completely self-sufficient in food and imported some from other Anchors, and a fair amount of the place outside of the center was given over to woods and wildernesslike areas in which game abounded.

His globe, imported at great cost from Earth itself, involved anoles, quick, flitting creatures that fed and mated, birthed and died and fed the plants that fed the creatures that fed them.

What mean these two days wasted at Axminster at a time when every hour is of import?

New bees were being imported from Europe - selected with the greatest care.

Ten thousand little boys were imported from Bihar to make carpets in Mirzapur-Varanasi.

And it was natural to consider imported blacks as slaves, even if the institution of slavery would not be regularized and legalized for several decades.

It has been supplanted by the dictatorship of the Central Committee of the Bolshevist Party, governing with the assistance of a swarm of extraordinary commissions and punitive detachments of imported soldiers.

It was an Italian import, a Borsalino, and it was priced at twenty bucks.

In its ground germs it was, it seems to us, unquestionably imported into Celtic thought and Cymrian song from that prolific and immemorial Hindu mind which bore Brahmanism and Buddhism as its fruit.

At the accession of the Queen protective duties or taxes existed in Great Britain on all imported breadstuffs and on many manufactured articles.

And then, since Consolidated and Brighter Suns both seemed to have it, that the drug had been imported by the Powers and was being kept secret, possibly because it gave the two policorps some unforeseen edge.