US trade (export - import) with Afghanistan in 2014

Published or Updated: Feb 08, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Afghanistan in 2014: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Afghanistan

In 2014, US trade with Afghanistan was $865.2 million, down 40.58% ($590.8 million) from 2013.

US exports to Afghanistan in 2014 were $792.4 million, down 43.79% ($617.2 million) from 2013.

US imports from Afghanistan in 2014 totaled $72.8 million, up 57.20% ($26.5 million) from 2013.

US trade surplus with Afghanistan in 2014 was $719.6 million, a 47.22% decrease ($643.7 million) over 2013.

Afghanistan was the US 104th largest trading partner in 2014 (down from 90th in 2013), accounting for 0.0215% of US total trade (down from 0.0373% in 2013).

Afghanistan was the US 90th largest export market in 2014 (down from 72nd in 2013), accounting for 0.0489% of US total exports (down from 0.0894% in 2013).

Afghanistan was the US 133rd largest supplier in 2014 (up from 139th in 2013), accounting for 0.0030% of US total imports (up from 0.0020% in 2013).

US Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of US exports to Afghanistan in 2014 (and in 2013) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 87.63% of US total exports to Afghanistan (90.47% in 2013);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 4.00% of US total exports to Afghanistan (1.95% in 2013);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.79% of US total exports to Afghanistan (1.42% in 2013);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.33% of US total exports to Afghanistan (2.14% in 2013).

The largest gains in US exports to Afghanistan in 2014 over 2013 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $6.0 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $4.9 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $2.5 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Afghanistan in 2014 over 2013 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $259.8 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $124.5 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $112.2 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $49.5 million;
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 85) - a decrease of $35.0 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $12.3 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $10.6 million;
  • Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings (HS code 94) - a decrease of $5.2 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $4.7 million;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $2.8 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $2.7 million.
US exports to Afghanistan in 2014 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2014
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2014
over 2013
(%)
01 Live animals 219.6 0.03 306.0-28.24
02 Meat and edible meat offal 20,343.6 2.57 23,147.5-12.11
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 112.2 0.01 14.1693.86
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 320.1 0.04 15.61,957.37
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 431.4 0.05 774.4-44.29
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 39.0 0.00 84.1-53.61
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 13.7 0.00 6.998.46
10 Cereals 5,711.3 0.72 837.8581.73
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 3.1 0.00 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 9.1-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 23.8 0.00 608.6-96.09
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 82.4 0.01 3.12,523.99
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 6.0 0.00 22.8-73.66
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 20.6 0.00 259.3-92.04
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 56.0 0.01 32.273.90
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 234.0 0.03 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 2,857.8 0.36 312.1815.53
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,198.9 0.15 1,096.59.34
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 11.5 0.00 11.5-0.27
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 3.5 0.00 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 15.8 0.00 24.9-36.79
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 400.6 0.05 527.2-24.02
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 215.5 0.03 142.251.57
29 Organic chemicals 199.2 0.03 197.20.98
30 Pharmaceutical products 884.1 0.11 13,204.6-93.30
31 Fertilizers 0.0 0.00 6.9-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 280.1 0.04 1,076.5-73.98
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 25.6 0.00 96.2-73.39
34 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster 107.4 0.01 551.6-80.53
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 106.5 0.01 115.4-7.73
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 241.8 0.03 2,518.9-90.40
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 66.6 0.01 36.383.68
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,761.3 0.35 3,381.3-18.34
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,795.9 0.48 6,479.8-41.42
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,865.5 0.24 2,375.0-21.45
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 795.2 0.10 981.1-18.95
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,656.8 0.34 457.2481.15
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 152.2 0.02 178.5-14.74
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 591.7 0.07 1,610.5-63.26
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 213.6 0.03 669.2-68.08
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 20.9-100.00
52 Cotton 10.4 0.00 8.620.95
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0.0 0.00 4.4-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 43.8 0.01 0.0
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 6.8-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 211.5 0.03 446.5-52.63
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 3.7 0.00 6.8-45.54
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 9.4 0.00 23.3-59.77
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 73.6 0.01 923.1-92.03
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 5.0-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 457.4 0.06 732.4-37.55
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,233.8 0.28 3,782.3-40.94
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 273.1 0.03 1,327.4-79.43
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 381.0 0.05 946.1-59.73
65 Headgear and parts thereof 253.1 0.03 551.6-54.12
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 7.4-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 281.6 0.04 431.2-34.70
69 Ceramic products 507.4 0.06 799.3-36.52
70 Glass and glassware 977.7 0.12 440.9121.73
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 53.7 0.01 178.2-69.86
72 Iron and steel 112.1 0.01 605.4-81.49
73 Articles of iron or steel 4,896.4 0.62 9,639.5-49.20
74 Copper and articles thereof 192.6 0.02 530.0-63.67
75 Nickel and articles thereof 11.1 0.00 3.5220.99
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,250.1 0.41 2,435.933.43
78 Lead and articles thereof 2.8 0.00 3.0-7.85
79 Zinc and articles thereof 9.3 0.00 22.9-59.39
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 7.8 0.00 19.3-59.67
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2,476.8 0.31 4,411.7-43.86
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3,247.2 0.41 2,294.741.51
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 96,019.5 12.12 145,483.3-34.00
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 151,626.3 19.14 186,597.6-18.74
86 Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds 495.5 0.06 756.8-34.53
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 105,131.1 13.27 217,325.7-51.63
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 214,337.1 27.05 338,803.8-36.74
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 312.8 0.04 146.5113.47
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 126,458.3 15.96 386,218.0-67.26
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 48.4 0.01 131.4-63.18
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 11,160.3 1.41 5,208.2114.28
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 4,173.3 0.53 9,414.2-55.67
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 203.5 0.03 704.8-71.13
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 418.6 0.05 549.2-23.78
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 16.6 0.00 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 14,947.3 1.89 25,518.9-41.43

US Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of US imports from Afghanistan in 2014 (and in 2013) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 4.90% of US total imports from Afghanistan (7.07% in 2013);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 4.46% of US total imports from Afghanistan (12.06% in 2013);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.59% of US total imports from Afghanistan (0.95% in 2013);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.52% of US total imports from Afghanistan (1.41% in 2013).

The largest gains in US imports from Afghanistan in 2014 over 2013 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $33.5 million;
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - an increase of $0.7 million;
  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $0.3 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Afghanistan in 2014 over the 2013 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $6.3 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $1.3 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $0.9 million;
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 85) - a decrease of $0.4 million.
US imports from Afghanistan in 2014 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2014
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2013
USD thousand)
Change
in 2014
over 2013
(%)
01 Live animals 28.1 0.04 0.0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4.4 0.01 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 15.7 0.02 23.9-34.23
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 336.4 0.46 1,266.5-73.44
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 111.2 0.15 244.8-54.58
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,654.4 3.65 3,963.7-33.03
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 3.8 0.01 0.0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 95.8 0.13 4.91,864.68
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 80.8-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 175.5 0.24 2.47,153.10
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0.0 0.00 5.1-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 39.2 0.05 4.3806.50
40 Rubber and articles thereof 295.1 0.41 13.52,083.38
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 6.3 0.01 8.2-23.31
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 6.4 0.01 0.31,815.96
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 10.9-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 21.2-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 10.0 0.01 6.067.75
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 20.0-100.00
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 6.7-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 7.6 0.01 35.6-78.52
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 8.8-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 6.4-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 3,541.2 4.86 3,150.712.39
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 1.6-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 1.6-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 7.8 0.01 28.0-72.21
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9.7 0.01 12.6-23.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0.0 0.00 0.3-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 0.7-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0.0 0.00 29.7-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 6.1 0.01 14.9-59.26
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,157.6 1.59 441.7162.09
73 Articles of iron or steel 17.0 0.02 30.9-45.11
74 Copper and articles thereof 11.0 0.02 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 35.0 0.05 2.11,605.99
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 460.0 0.63 84.8442.69
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2.2 0.00 0.0
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 111.4 0.15 504.2-77.92
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 114.4 0.16 0.0
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 18.7-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 153.4 0.21 128.619.29
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 8.1-100.00
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 18.0 0.02 3.4433.59
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 3.7-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,383.4 1.90 7,670.5-81.97
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 61,991.6 85.14 28,445.1117.93
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce