US trade (export - import) with El Salvador in 2018

Published or Updated: Jun 03, 2019

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

US Trade with El Salvador

In 2018, US trade with El Salvador totaled $5,944.4 million, up 6.29% ($351.7 million) from 2017.

US exports to El Salvador in 2018 totaled $3,362.2 million, up 10.21% ($311.4 million) from 2017.

US imports from El Salvador in 2018 totaled $2,582.2 million, up 1.58% ($40.2 million) from 2017.

US trade surplus with El Salvador in 2018 was $780.0 million, a 53.29% increase ($271.2 million) over 2017.

El Salvador was the US 60th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 58th in 2017), accounting for 0.1389% of US total trade (down from 0.1414% in 2017).

El Salvador was the US 50th largest export market in 2018 (up from 51st in 2017), accounting for 0.2020% of US total exports (up from 0.1973% in 2017).

El Salvador was the US 64th largest supplier in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 0.0987% of US total imports (down from 0.1055% in 2017).

US Exports to El Salvador

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 23.47% of US total exports to El Salvador (21.53% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 18.97% of US total exports to El Salvador (22.39% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 15.65% of US total exports to El Salvador (15.76% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 15.10% of US total exports to El Salvador (14.60% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.62% of US total exports to El Salvador (10.51% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.01% of US total exports to El Salvador (3.19% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.22% of US total exports to El Salvador (2.13% in 2017).

The largest gains in US exports to El Salvador 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) - an increase of $132.3 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $129.9 million;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - an increase of $43.7 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $24.5 million;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $22.2 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - an increase of $21.0 million.

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $33.6 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $15.1 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $12.6 million;
  • Knitted or crocheted fabrics (HS code 60) - a decrease of $10.2 million.
US exports to El Salvador 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 3,779.9 0.11 3,974.3-4.89
02 Meat and edible meat offal 41,330.8 1.23 31,661.930.54
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 790.1 0.02 931.0-15.14
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 18,510.7 0.55 11,872.155.92
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 936.0 0.03 1,445.3-35.24
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 103.1 0.00 47.5117.04
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 4,154.5 0.12 3,553.116.93
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 17,048.2 0.51 15,398.210.72
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,349.8 0.04 931.044.99
10 Cereals 196,122.2 5.83 171,657.614.25
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 504.7 0.02 501.10.72
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,358.7 0.10 10,898.3-69.18
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 574.5 0.02 668.4-14.05
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 7.7 0.00 878.7-99.12
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 10,513.5 0.31 11,420.5-7.94
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 4,404.3 0.13 3,650.220.66
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,661.0 0.08 2,298.515.77
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 12,455.7 0.37 11,189.411.32
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 13,246.2 0.39 13,415.1-1.26
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 17,379.5 0.52 16,662.54.30
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 50,751.1 1.51 47,262.27.38
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 6,874.8 0.20 5,273.130.38
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 100,783.5 3.00 79,738.326.39
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 3.7 0.00 3.62.17
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,732.5 0.08 2,526.38.16
26 Ores, slag and ash 269.6 0.01 239.712.45
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 786,214.7 23.38 653,920.020.23
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 9,119.0 0.27 11,104.9-17.88
29 Organic chemicals 23,296.8 0.69 26,601.5-12.42
30 Pharmaceutical products 7,324.5 0.22 5,833.625.56
31 Fertilizers 1,094.0 0.03 4,666.8-76.56
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 24,174.7 0.72 27,985.1-13.62
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 20,031.0 0.60 24,612.9-18.62
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 8,815.4 0.26 11,034.1-20.11
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 4,608.1 0.14 4,776.9-3.53
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 40.5 0.00 136.6-70.33
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 4,549.3 0.14 3,313.937.28
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 26,336.9 0.78 25,008.45.31
39 Plastics and articles thereof 151,878.7 4.52 164,525.1-7.69
40 Rubber and articles thereof 8,450.7 0.25 11,167.4-24.33
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 338.5 0.01 145.1133.23
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,429.6 0.07 2,444.8-0.62
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 11.3 0.00 1,023.6-98.89
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 808.0 0.02 1,112.2-27.35
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0.0 0.00 6.1-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 12,710.0 0.38 11,352.511.96
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 84,221.9 2.50 79,475.35.97
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3,400.5 0.10 5,245.3-35.17
50 Silk 65.8 0.00 25.4158.99
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 2,847.4 0.08 2,332.122.09
52 Cotton 140,576.5 4.18 96,925.345.04
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 32.4 0.00 52.6-38.43
54 Man-made filaments 74,821.9 2.23 75,885.5-1.40
55 Man-made staple fibers 89,491.3 2.66 67,305.032.96
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 12,911.2 0.38 11,208.015.20
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 608.9 0.02 1,025.3-40.61
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 4,293.8 0.13 4,971.7-13.64
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 4,739.1 0.14 4,401.67.67
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 60,347.4 1.79 70,567.2-14.48
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 89,712.4 2.67 104,829.9-14.42
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 9,092.5 0.27 10,713.4-15.13
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 25,728.4 0.77 23,341.910.22
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 9,755.3 0.29 6,908.441.21
65 Headgear and parts thereof 145.8 0.00 19.9632.75
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 89.6 0.00 55.660.98
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,068.8 0.03 214.7397.70
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 8,143.2 0.24 7,981.72.02
69 Ceramic products 1,194.5 0.04 744.860.37
70 Glass and glassware 3,557.6 0.11 3,151.412.89
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,297.5 0.16 5,024.45.44
72 Iron and steel 1,480.1 0.04 749.097.62
73 Articles of iron or steel 11,593.5 0.34 12,676.6-8.54
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,540.9 0.05 1,023.750.52
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,683.5 0.05 1,433.217.47
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 5,901.9 0.18 4,996.218.13
78 Lead and articles thereof 6.3 0.00 53.5-88.21
79 Zinc and articles thereof 108.2 0.00 109.1-0.87
80 Tin and articles thereof 297.7 0.01 364.2-18.27
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 38,693.3 1.15 30,817.125.56
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 6,514.8 0.19 6,428.41.34
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 6,856.7 0.20 6,466.86.03
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 222,385.1 6.61 221,394.30.45
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 199,699.1 5.94 199,881.0-0.09
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 2,253.4 0.07 2,363.1-4.64
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 78,473.4 2.33 85,537.3-8.26
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 89,230.1 2.65 122,859.6-27.37
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,449.9 0.07 2,616.3-6.36
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 43,409.4 1.29 48,457.0-10.42
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 895.1 0.03 783.214.29
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 785.9 0.02 990.0-20.62
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 3,560.5 0.11 5,523.8-35.54
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 12,015.5 0.36 10,923.010.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 9,746.2 0.29 8,349.716.73
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 10,064.1 0.30 7,092.141.91
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 65.8 0.00 73.0-9.90
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 377,437.9 11.23 247,524.952.48

US Imports from El Salvador

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 79.03% of US total imports from El Salvador (79.26% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.39% of US total imports from El Salvador (9.17% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.37% of US total imports from El Salvador (2.67% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.24% of US total imports from El Salvador (1.17% in 2017).

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $22.7 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $19.9 million;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $16.3 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 $15.3 million.

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

  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $15.4 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $14.0 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $10.4 million.
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US imports from El Salvador 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 2,489.8 0.10 2,337.16.53
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 5,311.7 0.21 5,985.0-11.25
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4,470.9 0.17 4,108.98.81
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 25.0 0.00 37.5-33.33
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 10,459.3 0.41 12,451.9-16.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 13,107.4 0.51 12,260.06.91
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 4,941.9 0.19 4,479.210.33
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 53,057.7 2.05 63,470.7-16.41
10 Cereals 228.0 0.01 126.280.71
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 407.7 0.02 390.44.43
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 131.2 0.01 230.3-43.06
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 113.4 0.00 226.3-49.88
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 22.5 0.00 12.186.12
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 697.9 0.03 466.849.51
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 72,662.6 2.81 56,396.628.84
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,310.6 0.05 1,282.62.18
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 30,131.7 1.17 30,198.6-0.22
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4,658.2 0.18 3,791.722.85
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 18,189.8 0.70 16,751.48.59
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 20,095.8 0.78 18,170.910.59
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 9.9 0.00 10.3-3.77
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 653.4 0.03 783.7-16.62
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 8.5 0.00 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 2,941.1 0.11 822.4257.63
30 Pharmaceutical products 12,262.3 0.47 10,577.315.93
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 39.8 0.00 47.7-16.47
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 495.1 0.02 974.2-49.17
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 125.4 0.00 124.70.56
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3,525.9 0.14 3,035.816.14
39 Plastics and articles thereof 12,501.8 0.48 14,162.1-11.72
40 Rubber and articles thereof 32.3 0.00 81.4-60.25
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,631.1 0.10 1,863.241.21
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,809.9 0.07 1,849.0-2.12
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0.0 0.00 24.8-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 4,196.2 0.16 3,840.89.25
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,399.5 0.05 1,585.5-11.73
52 Cotton 866.6 0.03 104.3731.15
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 685.0 0.03 908.2-24.57
54 Man-made filaments 2,302.6 0.09 2,449.3-5.99
55 Man-made staple fibers 2,180.5 0.08 2,928.2-25.53
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 40.9 0.00 82.4-50.32
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 26.2 0.00 28.1-6.79
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,969.1 0.08 1,884.44.50
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,114.0 0.04 2,127.9-47.65
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 2,802.7 0.11 1,817.854.18
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,720,219.4 66.62 1,697,512.71.34
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 250,399.6 9.70 264,363.1-5.28
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 46,293.2 1.79 26,428.875.16
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 11,242.7 0.44 13,219.8-14.96
65 Headgear and parts thereof 636.7 0.02 970.2-34.37
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 21,254.3 0.82 36,671.1-42.04
69 Ceramic products 8.1 0.00 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 79.6 0.00 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 10,397.9 0.40 11,753.0-11.53
72 Iron and steel 2,127.7 0.08 1,261.068.73
73 Articles of iron or steel 457.5 0.02 576.2-20.59
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,355.7 0.05 1,039.330.44
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 16,634.8 0.64 12,178.936.59
79 Zinc and articles thereof 957.5 0.04 1,482.1-35.39
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 262.5 0.01 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,850.8 0.07 2,369.5-21.89
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,358.4 0.05 1,035.731.15
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 5,564.3 0.22 1,709.1225.56
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 79,813.2 3.09 64,533.723.68
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 7.6 0.00 153.5-95.05
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 140.9 0.01 268.2-47.46
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 131.2 0.01 118.710.51
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,279.8 0.05 1,023.725.02
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 24.4 0.00 48.2-49.34
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 4,403.0 0.17 11,114.8-60.39
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 7,113.8 0.28 5,929.919.97
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,369.8 0.09 2,419.2-2.04
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 44.3 0.00 17.6
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 98,637.6 3.82 98,470.20.17
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce