US trade with Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017

Published or Updated: Sep 23, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Afghanistan

In the 2nd quarter of 2017, US trade with Afghanistan totaled $245.6 million, up 7.61% ($17.4 million) from the 2nd quarter of 2016.

US exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 totaled $241.5 million, up 10.38% ($22.7 million) from the 2nd quarter of 2016.

US imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 were $4.0 million, down 57.08% ($5.4 million) from the 2nd quarter of 2016.

US trade surplus with Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 was $237.5 million, a 13.41% increase ($28.1 million) over the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Afghanistan was the US 95th largest trading partner in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (up from 98th in the 2nd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0249% of US total trade (up from 0.0247% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

Afghanistan was the US 80th largest export market in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (up from 82nd in the 2nd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0628% of US total exports (up from 0.0602% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

Afghanistan was the US 160th largest supplier in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (down from 147th in the 2nd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0007% of US total imports (down from 0.0017% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

US Exports to Afghanistan

The major share of US exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 84.80% of US total exports to Afghanistan (87.16% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 3.18% of US total exports to Afghanistan (3.16% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.47% of US total exports to Afghanistan (4.77% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.90% of US total exports to Afghanistan (1.19% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 over the 2nd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $21.8 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $11.2 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) - an increase of $3.4 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 over the 2nd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $7.1 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $5.8 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $3.7 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $1.6 million;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - a decrease of $0.8 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 $0.7 million.
US exports to Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in Q2 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in Q2 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in Q2 2017
over Q2 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 0.0 0.00 33.0-100.00
02 Meat and edible meat offal 6,899.9 2.86 6,243.610.51
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 637.7 0.26 401.758.74
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 7.6 0.00 0.0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 39.7 0.02 0.0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2.6 0.00 72.8-96.48
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0.0 0.00 2.8-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 8.4-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0.0 0.00 50.6-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 7.3 0.00 42.5-82.85
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 20.9 0.01 42.2-50.47
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 59.0 0.02 0.0
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0.0 0.00 23.0-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 38.1 0.02 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 70.2 0.03 152.1-53.86
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3.5 0.00 8.5-58.62
29 Organic chemicals 52.4 0.02 105.0-50.09
30 Pharmaceutical products 352.2 0.15 461.1-23.61
31 Fertilizers 0.0 0.00 4.2-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 62.0 0.03 27.2127.98
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 24.9 0.01 8.0213.42
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 18.5 0.01 25.6-27.76
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 26.8 0.01 0.0
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 35.0 0.01 2.81,167.55
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 8.2 0.00 41.6-80.37
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 307.1 0.13 802.5-61.73
39 Plastics and articles thereof 451.4 0.19 584.3-22.75
40 Rubber and articles thereof 824.4 0.34 538.053.22
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 142.2 0.06 38.1273.28
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 8.0 0.00 156.4-94.87
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 0.0 0.00 15.8-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 29.4 0.01 99.7-70.47
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 130.6 0.05 32.9297.44
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 5.4-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 27.1 0.01 140.1-80.69
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 80.5 0.03 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 5.3-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 7.0 0.00 12.4-43.80
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 5.3 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 161.3 0.07 41.6288.04
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 764.6 0.32 334.2128.78
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 263.5 0.11 38.4585.64
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 57.1 0.02 26.5115.38
65 Headgear and parts thereof 47.9 0.02 24.595.14
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 48.8 0.02 239.6-79.63
69 Ceramic products 116.7 0.05 272.7-57.21
70 Glass and glassware 328.2 0.14 569.6-42.38
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 183.4 0.08 39.8361.09
72 Iron and steel 0.0 0.00 40.0-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,414.4 0.59 8,523.2-83.40
74 Copper and articles thereof 42.8 0.02 841.3-94.91
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 8.0-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 359.3 0.15 327.99.60
78 Lead and articles thereof 17.4 0.01 0.0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 10.4-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 26.4 0.01 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,114.9 0.46 418.7166.26
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 573.8 0.24 271.4111.45
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 13,419.9 5.56 15,055.0-10.86
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 16,925.2 7.01 13,541.624.99
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 3.7 0.00 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 158,704.8 65.70 136,856.815.96
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 13,653.9 5.65 19,441.6-29.77
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,113.0 0.87 5,829.8-63.76
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 11,794.6 4.88 597.51,874.02
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 413.4 0.17 1,142.5-63.82
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 179.3 0.07 21.7727.92
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 14.7 0.01 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 21.0 0.01 0.0

US Imports from Afghanistan

The major share of US imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 (and in the 2nd quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 37.65% of US total imports from Afghanistan (12.19% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 19.88% of US total imports from Afghanistan (6.12% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 18.49% of US total imports from Afghanistan (0.17% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 4.67% of US total imports from Afghanistan (42.50% in the 2nd quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.04% of US total imports from Afghanistan (0.00% in the 2nd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 over the 2nd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $0.3 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) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $0.2 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $0.2 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $0.1 million;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $0.0 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 over the 2nd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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) - a decrease of $3.8 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $0.1 million;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $0.1 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $0.0 million.
US imports from Afghanistan in the 2nd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in Q2 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in Q2 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in Q2 2017
over Q2 2016
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0.0 0.00 4.7-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 670.4 16.63 371.780.36
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 123.9 3.07 54.4127.64
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 102.1-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2.5 0.06 3.5-29.14
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4.6 0.11 12.1-62.46
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0.0 0.00 26.2-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0.0 0.00 3.1-100.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3.2 0.08 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2.6 0.07 0.3671.26
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0.0 0.00 60.3-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,501.1 37.24 1,104.935.86
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1.4 0.03 0.0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.3 0.01 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 8.6 0.21 18.8-54.09
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 6.2 0.15 16.5-62.31
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 2.0-100.00
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 2.3-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 188.3 4.67 3,990.9-95.28
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 42.0 1.04 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 169.8 4.21 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 294.6 7.31 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 31.2 0.77 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 249.7 6.20 15.61,503.20
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 1.5 0.04 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 18.1 0.45 0.0
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce