US trade (export - import) with Greenland in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 04, 2019

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

US Trade with Greenland

In 2018, US trade with Greenland totaled $23.2 million, up 0.59% ($0.1 million) from 2017.

US exports to Greenland in 2018 were $6.7 million, down 32.01% ($3.2 million) from 2017.

US imports from Greenland in 2018 totaled $16.5 million, up 25.01% ($3.3 million) from 2017.

US trade deficit with Greenland in 2018 was $9.8 million, a 195.35% increase ($6.5 million) over 2017.

Greenland was the US 188th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 183rd in 2017), accounting for 0.0005% of US total trade (down from 0.0006% in 2017).

Greenland was the US 198th largest export market in 2018 (down from 186th in 2017), accounting for 0.0004% of US total exports (down from 0.0006% in 2017).

Greenland was the US 162nd largest supplier in 2018 (up from 166th in 2017), accounting for 0.0006% of US total imports (up from 0.0005% in 2017).

US Exports to Greenland

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 76.37% of US total exports to Greenland (81.43% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.78% of US total exports to Greenland (1.70% in 2017).

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

  • 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 $166.5 thousand;
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - an increase of $159.5 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $133.4 thousand;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - an increase of $111.6 thousand;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $110.0 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $42.8 thousand;
  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof (HS code 91) - an increase of $41.8 thousand;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $35.2 thousand.

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $1,838.1 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $750.0 thousand;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $639.7 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) - a decrease of $427.4 thousand;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $127.4 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $116.2 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $76.5 thousand.
US exports to Greenland 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
(%)
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 29.3 0.44 14.3104.72
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 31.1 0.46 36.3-14.28
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 16.2 0.24 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3.5 0.05 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 12.4 0.18 14.1-12.29
40 Rubber and articles thereof 35.0 0.52 44.9-21.99
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 16.3 0.24 5.5194.92
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 35.2 0.52 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 8.3 0.12 4.486.80
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 21.0 0.31 11.680.79
65 Headgear and parts thereof 10.0 0.15 10.5-5.44
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 6.0-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 3.1 0.05 15.3-79.82
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 9.1 0.14 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 2.6 0.04 17.2-85.04
74 Copper and articles thereof 110.0 1.64 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 16.5-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 7.2 0.11 134.6-94.63
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 524.1 7.80 1,274.1-58.86
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 460.3 6.85 887.6-48.15
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 4.0 0.06 4.5-11.11
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,301.6 19.37 1,168.211.42
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 930.0 13.84 2,768.1-66.40
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 62.6 0.93 19.8216.84
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,850.2 27.53 1,926.7-3.97
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 55.4 0.82 13.6307.34
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 162.7 2.42 3.24,940.43
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 307.6 4.58 947.3-67.53
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 166.5 2.48 0.0
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 111.6 1.66 0.0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 4.9 0.07 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 4.8 0.07 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 424.1 6.31 540.3-21.51

US Imports from Greenland

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 97.40% of US total imports from Greenland (70.13% in 2017).

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

  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $7,049.0 thousand;
  • 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 (HS code 34) - an increase of $78.6 thousand.

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $3,579.3 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $247.6 thousand.
US imports from Greenland 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
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 16,054.1 97.33 9,005.278.28
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 11.3 0.07 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 247.6-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 3.8 0.02 0.0
31 Fertilizers 6.6 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 78.6 0.48 0.0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 10.5 0.06 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2.3 0.01 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 4.1-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 1.1-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1.4 0.01 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0.5 0.00 0.0
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 6.4 0.04 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 11.3 0.07 53.8-79.03
73 Articles of iron or steel 3.8 0.02 33.5-88.61
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4.9 0.03 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0.0 0.00 10.6-100.00
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 22.3 0.13 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 11.6-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 22.7 0.14 5.5315.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2.7 0.02 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 11.6 0.07 2.7332.27
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 238.9 1.45 3,818.3-93.74
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce