US trade with Bhutan in the first half of 2017

Published or Updated: Oct 20, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Bhutan in the first half of 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Bhutan

In the first half of 2017, US trade with Bhutan was $1.7 million, down 67.11% ($3.4 million) from the first half of 2016.

US exports to Bhutan in the first half of 2017 totaled $1.2 million, up 18.35% ($0.2 million) from the first half of 2016.

US imports from Bhutan in the first half of 2017 were $0.4 million, down 89.33% ($3.6 million) from the first half of 2016.

US trade balance with Bhutan went from a deficit of $3.0 million in the first half of 2016, to a surplus of $0.8 million in the first half of 2017.

Bhutan was the US 210th largest trading partner in the first half of 2017 (down from 195th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0001% of US total trade (down from 0.0003% in the first half of 2016).

Bhutan was the US 202nd largest export market in the first half of 2017 (just as in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0002% of US total exports (up from 0.0001% in the first half of 2016).

Bhutan was the US 204th largest supplier in the first half of 2017 (down from 169th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0000% of US total imports (down from 0.0004% in the first half of 2016).

US Exports to Bhutan

The major share of US exports to Bhutan in the first half of 2017 (and in the first half of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 32.53% of US total exports to Bhutan (38.76% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.93% of US total exports to Bhutan (0.43% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.31% of US total exports to Bhutan (1.55% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.66% of US total exports to Bhutan (9.40% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.31% of US total exports to Bhutan (4.68% in the first half of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Bhutan in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - an increase of $224.5 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $69.7 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 $59.2 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $31.0 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $16.8 thousand;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - an increase of $8.2 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $8.2 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $7.6 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $6.8 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $4.8 thousand;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $4.7 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Bhutan in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $94.8 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $93.2 thousand;
  • Headgear and parts thereof (HS code 65) - a decrease of $37.2 thousand;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - a decrease of $6.5 thousand;
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) (HS code 42) - a decrease of $5.2 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $4.5 thousand.
US exports to Bhutan in the first half of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in first-half 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in first-half 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in first-half 2017
over first-half 2016
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 3.2 0.26 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 5.0 0.40 6.0-16.67
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0.0 0.00 93.2-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 69.7 5.58 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 4.7 0.37 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 12.7 1.02 4.6179.93
39 Plastics and articles thereof 7.6 0.61 0.0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 16.8 1.34 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0.0 0.00 5.2-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 6.5-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3.8 0.31 5.8-33.84
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 37.2-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0.0 0.00 4.5-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 6.8 0.55 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 22.0 1.76 13.859.46
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 2.6-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 166.3 13.32 261.1-36.30
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 131.6 10.54 72.481.68
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 3.0-100.00
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 20.4 1.64 15.630.62
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 87.8 7.03 56.954.44
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 671.8 53.80 447.250.20

US Imports from Bhutan

The major share of US imports from Bhutan in the first half of 2017 (and in the first half of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 50.01% of US total imports from Bhutan (96.62% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 38.09% of US total imports from Bhutan (0.00% in the first half of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 5.29% of US total imports from Bhutan (0.29% in the first half of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.10% of US total imports from Bhutan (0.10% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.61% of US total imports from Bhutan (2.19% in the first half of 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Bhutan in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $216.4 thousand;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $159.2 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $14.2 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $5.6 thousand;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $4.9 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) - an increase of $3.6 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Bhutan in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - a decrease of $3,916.9 thousand;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - a decrease of $86.3 thousand;
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) (HS code 42) - a decrease of $3.6 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $3.0 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 $2.9 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $2.8 thousand.
US imports from Bhutan in the first half of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in first-half 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in first-half 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in first-half 2017
over first-half 2016
(%)
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0.0 0.00 3,916.9-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 216.4 50.01 0.0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 2.8-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0.0 0.00 3.6-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 4.2 0.97 4.11.99
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4.9 1.13 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2.6 0.61 2.62.33
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0.0 0.00 86.3-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 3.6 0.83 0.0
72 Iron and steel 159.2 36.79 0.0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5.6 1.30 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 22.9 5.29 8.7163.79
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 2.9-100.00
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 0.0 0.00 0.6-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2.5 0.58 5.5-54.43
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce