Any owner or other person possessing or having an interest in the goods between the time of importation and when they are released into free circulation. HM Customs & Revenue Glossary

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importer im‧port‧er [ɪmˈpɔːtə ǁ -ˈpɔːrtər] noun [countable]
ECONOMICS COMMERCE a person, organization, or country that imports goods:

• The US remains by far the world's biggest importer.

importer of

• Geest is a major importer of bananas into the UK.

ˌnet imˈporter ECONOMICS
a country that imports more of something than it exports:

• Because of a construction boom in Seoul, South Korea was a net importer of steel products.

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importer UK US /ɪmˈpɔːtər/ US  /-ˈpɔːrṱɚ/ noun [C]
COMMERCE a person or company that buys goods from another country in order to sell them: »

The FDA is requiring distributors and importers of produce to register with the government.


a car/food/oil importer

ECONOMICS a country that imports goods: »

A third of the world's leading exporters and importers are now developing countries.

the biggest/largest/major importer of sth »

The United States is the world's largest importer of oil.

FINANCE a country that borrows money or gets investment from another country: »

The U.S. is the largest net importer of capital.

See also NET IMPORTER(Cf. ↑net importer)
Compare EXPORTER(Cf. ↑exporter)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • importer — 1. (in por té) v. a. 1°   Terme de commerce. Introduire dans un pays des productions étrangères, une industrie créée à l étranger, etc. Cette industrie fut importée en France par un tel. •   Si on vendait le feu et l eau, il devrait être permis… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • importer — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mos I, Mc. importererze; lm M. importererzy {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} przedsiębiorca, osoba, państwo sprowadzające towary z zagranicy : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Importer owoców cytrusowych, ropy naftowej. Bezpośredni importer tapet.… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • importer — Importer. v. n. impersonnel. Estre de consequence, estre avantageux. Cela ne luy peut importer de rien. qu est ce que cela luy peut importer? il importe pour la seureté publique. cela m importe de beaucoup. il luy importe fort de faire ce voyage …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Importer — Im*port er, n. One who imports; the merchant who brings goods into a country or state; opposed to exporter. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • importer — n. A person who imports goods. See also customs The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • importer — impòrtēr m <G mn importéra> DEFINICIJA onaj koji se bavi importom; uvoznik, opr. eksporter ETIMOLOGIJA vidi importirati …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • importer — 1. importer [ ɛ̃pɔrte ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1382 t. de fin.; it. importare; repris 1669, angl. to import, lat. importare 1 ♦ Introduire dans un pays (des produits en provenance de pays étrangers). La France importe du café, des machines… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • importer — vt. , introduire : (fére) rintrâ // fére mnyi importer d l étranzhî <(faire) rentrer de l étranger> (Albanais.001). vi. , avoir de l importance, être important : inportâ (Albanais.001, Arvillard.228, Saxel.002), C. => Porter. E. : Foutre …   Dictionnaire Français-Savoyard

  • IMPORTER — v. tr. T. de Commerce Apporter, introduire dans un pays des productions étrangères. Importer des marchandises dans un pays. Par analogie, Importer une industrie, importer un mode de fabrication. Fig., Importer des mots étrangers, des usages… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • importer — [[t]ɪmpɔ͟ː(r)tə(r)[/t]] importers N COUNT: oft N of n An importer is a country, firm, or person that buys goods from another country for use in their own country. He made his money first as an importer of exotic food in west London …   English dictionary

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