US trade (export - import) with Bhutan in 2018

Published or Updated: Jun 17, 2019

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

US Trade with Bhutan

In 2018, US trade with Bhutan totaled $56.7 million, up 1,404.60% ($53.0 million) from 2017.

US exports to Bhutan in 2018 totaled $55.9 million, up 2,093.69% ($53.4 million) from 2017.

US imports from Bhutan in 2018 were $0.8 million, down 32.05% ($0.4 million) from 2017.

US trade surplus with Bhutan in 2018 was $55.1 million, a 4,053.22% increase ($53.8 million) over 2017.

Bhutan was the US 177th largest trading partner in 2018 (up from 209th in 2017), accounting for 0.0013% of US total trade (up from 0.0001% in 2017).

Bhutan was the US 163rd largest export market in 2018 (up from 204th in 2017), accounting for 0.0034% of US total exports (up from 0.0002% in 2017).

Bhutan was the US 206th largest supplier in 2018 (down from 201st in 2017), accounting for 0.0000% of US total imports (down from 0.0001% in 2017).

US Exports to Bhutan

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 96.59% of US total exports to Bhutan (34.07% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.53% of US total exports to Bhutan (7.94% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.21% of US total exports to Bhutan (3.70% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.04% of US total exports to Bhutan (3.90% in 2017).

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $52,490.1 thousand;
  • 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 $714.5 thousand.

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $232.8 thousand.
US exports to Bhutan 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
(%)
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 12.3 0.02 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 10.8 0.02 5.0116.18
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 6.8 0.01 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 46.4 0.08 69.7-33.47
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 28.1 0.05 18.749.99
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0.0 0.00 4.5-100.00
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 0.0 0.00 26.5-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 150.6 0.27 44.8235.87
39 Plastics and articles thereof 70.6 0.13 21.2232.84
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 16.8-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 87.5 0.16 76.314.69
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 23.9 0.04 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0.0 0.00 14.4-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0.0 0.00 3.8-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 4.1 0.01 0.0
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 10.7-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 9.3 0.02 6.835.85
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 15.1 0.03 92.7-83.68
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 165.9 0.30 398.7-58.39
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 883.7 1.58 169.2422.24
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3.1 0.01 3.02.19
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 52,517.5 93.93 27.3192,194.14
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 433.1 0.77 270.160.34
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 68.9 0.12 23.2197.44
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,197.4 2.14 1,203.5-0.51
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 5.3 0.01 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 121.9 0.22 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 50.0 0.09 38.629.52

US Imports from Bhutan

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 61.15% of US total imports from Bhutan (4.95% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 5.39% of US total imports from Bhutan (0.00% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.31% of US total imports from Bhutan (69.32% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.00% of US total imports from Bhutan (17.70% in 2017).
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.00% of US total imports from Bhutan (3.74% in 2017).

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $233.5 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $221.7 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $181.8 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $32.7 thousand;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - an increase of $25.7 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $22.4 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $19.5 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $12.1 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $2.6 thousand.

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $808.9 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $216.4 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $34.0 thousand;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $32.9 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $23.8 thousand;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $7.5 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - a decrease of $5.6 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $4.2 thousand;
  • 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 $3.6 thousand;
  • 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 $3.3 thousand;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - a decrease of $2.6 thousand.
US imports from Bhutan 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
(%)
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 12.1 1.45 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 32.7 3.94 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 216.4-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 34.0-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 4.2-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0.0 0.00 7.5-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1.8 0.21 2.6-32.70
69 Ceramic products 25.7 3.10 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 0.0 0.00 2.6-100.00
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 3.6-100.00
72 Iron and steel 0.0 0.00 808.9-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 2.6 0.31 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 32.9-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 5.6-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 256.4 30.87 22.91,020.70
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 0.0 0.00 3.3-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 221.7 26.68 0.0
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 19.5 2.34 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 10.5 1.26 34.3-69.51
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 201.3 24.23 19.5933.93
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 46.6 5.61 24.292.62
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Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce