North America imports far more than Asia — in fact, about 60 percent of shipping containers originally sent from Asia to North America return to Asia empty. This accounts for a multi-billion US Dollar (USD) annual loss for the U.S. American shipping companies often accept extremely unprofitable goods just to have something to ship back instead of an empty container. The top exports from China to the U.S. are furniture, toys and footwear. The top U.S. exports to China are waste paper, scrap metal and raw cotton.
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