US trade (export - import) with Cuba in 2018

Published or Updated: Jun 05, 2019

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

US Trade with Cuba

In 2018, US trade with Cuba was $281.9 million, down 0.44% ($1.3 million) from 2017.

US exports to Cuba in 2018 were $280.6 million, down 0.90% ($2.5 million) from 2017.

US imports from Cuba in 2018 totaled $1.3 million, up ∞% ($1.3 million) from 2017.

US trade surplus with Cuba in 2018 was $279.4 million, a 1.35% decrease ($3.8 million) over 2017.

Cuba was the US 143rd largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 135th in 2017), accounting for 0.0066% of US total trade (down from 0.0072% in 2017).

Cuba was the US 122nd largest export market in 2018 (down from 116th in 2017), accounting for 0.0169% of US total exports (down from 0.0183% in 2017).

Cuba was the US 200th largest supplier in 2018 (there were no US imports from Cuba in 2017), accounting for 0.0000% of US total imports.

US Exports to Cuba

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 76.92% of US total exports to Cuba (89.79% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 13.97% of US total exports to Cuba (4.58% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.47% of US total exports to Cuba (3.09% in 2017).

The largest gains in US exports to Cuba 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 $14.5 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $9.7 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $6.5 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $5.2 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $2.9 million;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $2.2 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 $2.1 million.

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $14.9 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $10.1 million;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $7.2 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $6.4 million;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $3.7 million;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - a decrease of $2.3 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $1.2 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $1.0 million.
US exports to Cuba 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
(%)
01 Live animals 39.4 0.01 0.0
02 Meat and edible meat offal 154,537.8 55.07 161,724.9-4.44
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 8.1-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0.0 0.00 4.4-100.00
10 Cereals 19,139.9 6.82 34,012.7-43.73
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 34,220.6 12.19 40,663.0-15.84
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 6,467.3 2.30 0.0
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0.0 0.00 10.1-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 982.1 0.35 3,249.8-69.78
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 166.3 0.06 3,879.9-95.71
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0.0 0.00 114.3-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 279.0 0.10 486.9-42.69
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 28.3 0.01 10,116.7-99.72
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 5.5 0.00 0.0
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 4,597.8 1.64 2,391.492.27
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,377.8 0.49 2,548.4-45.93
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 407.5 0.15 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 8,960.5 3.19 3,797.8135.94
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 232.2-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2.9 0.00 16.5-82.49
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 191.2 0.07 105.181.98
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 33.6 0.01 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0.0 0.00 354.0-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 6.0 0.00 0.0
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 4.5-100.00
69 Ceramic products 9.5 0.00 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 268.5 0.10 15.81,604.61
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 7.6 0.00 93.3-91.90
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 116.7 0.04 10.21,046.46
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 508.0 0.18 4.311,708.46
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 18,525.0 6.60 3,981.5365.28
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 4,341.9 1.55 2,253.392.69
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,285.6 0.46 456.5181.64
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 12,724.7 4.53 2,979.6327.06
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,333.5 0.83 3,298.2-29.25
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 99.5 0.04 330.7-69.92
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 33.2 0.01 0.0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 29.7 0.01 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 8,918.8 3.18 6,034.647.80

US Imports from Cuba

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


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

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $1.3 million.

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

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
US imports from Cuba 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
(%)
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,275.9 100.00 0.0
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce