Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a handful of states, such as Pennsylvania and North Carolina, have proposed banning the sale of Russian vodkas in stores and bars.
The product is well know as one of the more popular United States' imports, but what other items does the country rely on from Russia?
Russia was No. 20 on the list of largest suppliers of goods to the United States in 2019, accounting for a total of $22.3 billion in imports, according to Office of the United States Trade Representative. That was $1.4 billion more than in 2018, and $4.8 billion more than in 2009.
In comparison, the United States imported $452 billion from China, $358 billion from Mexico, $319 billion from Canada, $144 billion from Japan and $128 billion from Germany.
And it turns out that the rest of the things we get from Russia are not as easily dumped as a bottle of vodka. Russia accounted for 21% of all U.S. gasoline imports in 2021, per Forbes. After that on the list was precious metal and stone (platinum) accounting for $2.2 billion in imports, then iron and steel ($1.4 billion), fertilizers ($963 million), and inorganic chemicals ($763 million).
The U.S. also imported $69 million worth of agricultural products from Russia in 2019. More common products like snack foods and tree nuts accounted for $8 million and $6 million, respectively. The U.S. imported $3 million of both vegetable oils and essential oils, and another $2 million of dairy products.
Most of the Russian brands exported to the United States aren't very recognizable, but there may be a few familiar ones such as Fabergé jewelry, Kaspersky cybersecurity and antivirus software, and Aeroflot, better known as Russian Airlines.
Looking at trade the other way around, Russia was the United States' 40th largest exporter in 2019. The top export categories were machinery ($1.2 billion), aircraft ($1.2 billion), vehicles ($725 million), optical and medical instruments ($506 million), and electrical machinery ($349 million).
The United States also exported a total of $193 million worth of agricultural products to Russia in 2019. That included $42 million of prepared foods, $20 million of planting seeds, $15 million of tobacco, and $9 million in live animals.
Overall, U.S. exports to Russia in 2019 were $5.8 billion, down 13.1% ($874 million) from 2018.