Over the last thirty years the rating of world exporters has changed significantly. Until 2010 the leading positions were occupied by Germany and the United States, but in 2010 China outpaced the leaders, and till now Cathay remains the largest exporter in the world by a wide margin. According to 2014 numbers, the United States and Germany take the second and the third place in this rating respectively.
As for import, the United States is still the largest importer by the amount of imported goods, according to 2014 results. The second and the third place are occupied by China and Germany respectively, which makes the three nations, described above, top-trading countries in the world in 2014.