US trade (export - import) with Benin in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 14, 2019

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Benin in 2018: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Benin

In 2018, US trade with Benin totaled $272.6 million, up 1.02% ($2.7 million) from 2017.

US exports to Benin in 2018 totaled $253.2 million, up 0.56% ($1.4 million) from 2017.

US imports from Benin in 2018 totaled $19.4 million, up 7.35% ($1.3 million) from 2017.

US trade surplus with Benin in 2018 was $233.8 million, a 0.03% increase ($0.1 million) over 2017.

Benin was the US 144th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 137th in 2017), accounting for 0.0064% of US total trade (down from 0.0068% in 2017).

Benin was the US 125th largest export market in 2018 (down from 118th in 2017), accounting for 0.0152% of US total exports (down from 0.0163% in 2017).

Benin was the US 156th largest supplier in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 0.0007% of US total imports (down from 0.0008% in 2017).

US Exports to Benin

The major share of US exports to Benin in 2018 (and in 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 77.51% of US total exports to Benin (72.98% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 15.98% of US total exports to Benin (17.66% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.07% of US total exports to Benin (1.60% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.79% of US total exports to Benin (1.68% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.13% of US total exports to Benin (4.51% in 2017).

The largest gains in US exports to Benin in 2018 over 2017 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 $14.6 million;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $5.6 million;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $3.8 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $1.8 million;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $1.1 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Benin in 2018 over 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $11.0 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $5.7 million;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $4.4 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $3.3 million;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $2.1 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $1.1 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $0.9 million.
US exports to Benin in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2018
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2017
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2018
over 2017
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 17,815.0 7.04 12,264.645.26
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 213.5 0.08 4,645.1-95.40
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 29.5 0.01 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,074.2 0.82 4,200.3-50.62
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 22.0 0.01 328.7-93.31
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 100.0 0.04 124.0-19.35
10 Cereals 5,563.2 2.20 11,252.1-50.56
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 419.4 0.17 335.025.20
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 4.6-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 1,792.7 0.71 2,916.3-38.53
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 5,123.7 2.02 3,984.828.58
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 105.6 0.04 990.9-89.35
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 7,193.7 2.84 3,378.9112.90
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0.0 0.00 25.1-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 14.2-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 19.3 0.01 19.3-0.19
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 310.1 0.12 11,340.7-97.27
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0.0 0.00 3.9-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 111.8-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 272.9 0.11 69.1294.99
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 12.5 0.00 21.8-42.44
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,094.0 0.43 1,297.2-15.67
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 212.1 0.08 46.4356.85
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0.0 0.00 3.0-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 207.6 0.08 15.31,253.22
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,045.4 0.41 489.8113.45
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2,277.5 0.90 1,888.220.62
40 Rubber and articles thereof 123.6 0.05 74.166.74
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 63.1 0.02 3.61,651.89
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 8.0 0.00 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 86.3-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 83.7 0.03 109.6-23.63
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 70.9 0.03 21.0237.74
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 59.1 0.02 80.6-26.63
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 102.5 0.04 77.931.62
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,975.1 1.57 3,732.36.50
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 233.4 0.09 136.271.35
65 Headgear and parts thereof 14.8 0.01 42.7-65.38
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 144.0 0.06 170.0-15.29
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 5.5 0.00 3.559.54
69 Ceramic products 242.2 0.10 153.258.15
72 Iron and steel 6.5 0.00 6.08.12
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,875.4 0.74 58.83,088.55
74 Copper and articles thereof 6.4 0.00 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 3.9-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 6.6 0.00 33.5-80.22
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 2.9-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,025.1 1.19 6,296.3-51.95
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 1,737.9 0.69 2,172.5-20.00
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 343.8 0.14 3.79,307.53
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 189,186.9 74.72 174,558.48.38
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 74.5-100.00
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 880.2 0.35 129.9577.69
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,063.4 0.42 524.5102.75
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 649.3 0.26 349.285.92
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 3.0 0.00 57.2-94.75
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 71.5-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 215.3 0.09 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,162.6 1.25 2,975.46.29

US Imports from Benin

The major share of US imports from Benin in 2018 (and in 2017) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 84.92% of US total imports from Benin (93.87% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 6.67% of US total imports from Benin (0.73% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.07% of US total imports from Benin (1.92% in 2017).

The largest gains in US imports from Benin in 2018 over 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $1.1 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $0.6 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $0.1 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) - an increase of $0.1 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $0.1 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Benin in 2018 over the 2017 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $0.4 million;
  • Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair (HS code 67) - a decrease of $0.3 million;
  • Live animals (HS code 01) - a decrease of $0.2 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $0.1 million.
US imports from Benin in 2018 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2018
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2017
USD thousand)
Change
in 2018
over 2017
(%)
01 Live animals 68.0 0.35 313.0-78.29
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0.0 0.00 10.0-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 16,135.0 83.03 16,550.8-2.51
10 Cereals 16.4 0.08 0.0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 54.8 0.28 22.9139.68
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 105.1 0.54 40.0162.81
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 110.2 0.57 0.0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 51.2-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 13.1 0.07 4.9170.12
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 7.0 0.04 0.0
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 40.1 0.21 49.6-19.18
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 0.6-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,279.9 6.59 129.9885.08
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 17.1 0.09 2.6560.17
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1.2 0.01 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 395.9 2.04 4.39,174.94
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 5.4 0.03 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0.0 0.00 344.1-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 8.4 0.04 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 36.2 0.19 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
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 428.0 2.20 349.922.30
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 606.3 3.12 28.02,066.93
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 105.4 0.54 195.6-46.13
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce