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import

1. 
a. goods (visible imports) or services (invisible imports) that are bought from foreign countries
b. (as modifier): an import licence
2. Canadian Informal a sportsman or -woman who is not native to the country in which he or she plays

import

(data)
To read data that is not in the native format of the application. For example, a web browser will have its own way of storing bookmarks but it will usually provide a function to import bookmarks from Internet Explorer. The alternative is to provide an independent external conversion utility but this is usually less convenient for the user.

import

(1) To convert a file into the format required by the application being used. Many applications are capable of importing a variety of popular formats, converting them into the native format of the application for display, printing or editing. If an application can import a format, it can usually export to the format (convert it back). For example, most word processing programs can import documents created in other word processors. After editing, they can be saved in the native format or saved in (exported to) the document's original format.

Computer-aided design (CAD) and drawing programs are used to manipulate graphics objects in their proprietary, native format. In order to modify an illustration created in another application, it must be imported. After making changes, the drawing can be saved in (exported to) the drawing's original format.

Ripping Is Importing Too
When a music CD is imported into jukebox software such as iTunes and converted to MP3, AAC or some other compressed audio format, it is also called "ripping." Contrast with export. See import filter and ripping.

(2) To scan an image into an application. For example, the import function in Photoshop is used to activate the scanner. In this context, import means to convert the paper image to a digital image.
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Cette evolution est imputable a la baisse de 2,4 pc des importations (252,92 MMDH contre 259,03 MMDH), ainsi qu'au recul de 1,5 pc des exportations, soit plus de 121,19 MMDH contre 123,09 MMDH, ajoute la meme source.
The CDC traced about half of the 2011 importations into the European Union, which this year has so far reported more than 28,000 measles cases, half of them in France.
At the same time, amounts eligible for recovery as input tax credits (ITC) on importations would be claimed in the monthly GST return.
In 1739 the Spanish crown terminated the English slave asiento, with the result that slave importations declined drastically, throwing cacao production again into decline.
The program will promote uniformity by eliminating differences in Customs treatment of merchandise from port to port and allow complete electronic processing of more importations.
If the ITC determines there is a violation, it may issue permanent limited exclusion orders and cease and desist orders to prohibit importations and sales of the infringing LEDs and products containing such LEDs.
La baisse des importations a concerne l'ensemble de la composante de ces materiaux : ciments, bois, produits en ceramique, fer et acier.
Actualites Eecrit par La Redaction Baisse des importations et amelioration des ventes automobiles Selon bank Al Maghrib, les donnees a fin decembre 2013 relatives aux comptes exterieurs font ressortir un allegement de 3,2% du deficit commercial a 195,6 milliards DH, contre une aggravation de 10,6% un an auparavant.
La balance commerciale bilaterale s'est deterioree malgre une evolution considerable de 14% des echanges commerciaux entre les deux pays, qui sont passes de 71,22 MMDH en 2011 a 81,40 MMDH en 2012, une progression alimentee particulierement par la hausse des importations marocaines.
Customs Service's Pre-Importation Review Program expedites the release and processing of importations for the trade community while improving the quality of Customs commercial services.
Sur le plan cout, les importations sont passees a 998,75 millions de dollars (usd), sur la periode janvier-juillet 2015, contre 1,42 milliard usd sur la meme periode en 2014, soit une baisse de 29,83%, selon le Centre national de l'informatique et des statistiques des douanes (Cnis).
Au final, le taux de couverture des importations par les exportations a atteint 48,2 %, contre 47,8 % en 2012.