US trade (export - import) with Jamaica in 2018

Published or Updated: Jun 03, 2019

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

US Trade with Jamaica

In 2018, US trade with Jamaica totaled $3,161.7 million, up 29.46% ($719.4 million) from 2017.

US exports to Jamaica in 2018 totaled $2,772.6 million, up 32.53% ($680.6 million) from 2017.

US imports from Jamaica in 2018 totaled $389.0 million, up 11.08% ($38.8 million) from 2017.

US trade surplus with Jamaica in 2018 was $2,383.6 million, a 36.85% increase ($641.8 million) over 2017.

Jamaica was the US 74th largest trading partner in 2018 (up from 75th in 2017), accounting for 0.0739% of US total trade (up from 0.0618% in 2017).

Jamaica was the US 56th largest export market in 2018 (up from 60th in 2017), accounting for 0.1666% of US total exports (up from 0.1353% in 2017).

Jamaica was the US 102nd largest supplier in 2018 (down from 98th in 2017), accounting for 0.0149% of US total imports (up from 0.0145% in 2017).

US Exports to Jamaica

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 36.04% of US total exports to Jamaica (28.50% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 16.74% of US total exports to Jamaica (18.51% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 15.81% of US total exports to Jamaica (20.37% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 13.67% of US total exports to Jamaica (13.12% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.05% of US total exports to Jamaica (3.73% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.17% of US total exports to Jamaica (2.42% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.49% of US total exports to Jamaica (1.74% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.93% of US total exports to Jamaica (1.31% in 2017).

The largest gains in US exports to Jamaica 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 $402.5 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 $82.8 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $50.5 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $29.9 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $29.6 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $16.0 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - an increase of $11.8 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $9.8 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $9.4 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $8.9 million.

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

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
US exports to Jamaica 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 1,308.4 0.05 1,578.2-17.10
02 Meat and edible meat offal 41,448.0 1.49 41,320.70.31
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 6,962.0 0.25 8,871.7-21.53
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 40,498.9 1.46 36,157.812.01
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 213.5 0.01 666.0-67.94
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 389.6 0.01 308.426.34
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 5,606.0 0.20 5,943.6-5.68
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 5,067.3 0.18 3,738.635.54
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,839.6 0.07 2,567.6-28.35
10 Cereals 104,638.4 3.77 95,717.29.32
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 2,169.6 0.08 2,615.8-17.06
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,920.4 0.14 2,571.552.46
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 465.2 0.02 493.3-5.70
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 246.0 0.01 9.02,630.16
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 27,236.6 0.98 34,952.9-22.08
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 4,930.4 0.18 4,259.215.76
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 5,543.5 0.20 6,492.3-14.61
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 3,763.1 0.14 2,883.530.50
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 27,951.4 1.01 25,666.38.90
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 16,389.6 0.59 16,390.0-0.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 32,380.0 1.17 32,685.9-0.94
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 40,970.2 1.48 47,898.1-14.46
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 62,083.0 2.24 50,275.723.48
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 2,431.4 0.09 2,183.211.37
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 3,179.3 0.11 2,814.712.95
26 Ores, slag and ash 4.4 0.00 17.1-73.93
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 996,017.7 35.92 593,486.967.82
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 206,965.7 7.46 124,116.366.75
29 Organic chemicals 22,960.8 0.83 7,009.2227.58
30 Pharmaceutical products 7,953.2 0.29 11,966.2-33.54
31 Fertilizers 7,610.7 0.27 4,195.881.39
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 14,023.3 0.51 12,402.113.07
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 19,620.7 0.71 24,739.0-20.69
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 11,656.0 0.42 10,555.710.42
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,874.3 0.10 3,299.9-12.90
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 171.7 0.01 239.2-28.23
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 713.9 0.03 767.9-7.04
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 16,201.9 0.58 15,610.73.79
39 Plastics and articles thereof 60,638.7 2.19 51,238.418.35
40 Rubber and articles thereof 7,740.6 0.28 8,316.5-6.93
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 49.7 0.00 90.4-45.03
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,671.9 0.06 1,119.649.33
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 38.2 0.00 48.3-20.82
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 50,309.3 1.81 43,942.214.49
45 Cork and articles of cork 9.6 0.00 40.0-75.98
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 140.2 0.01 60.9130.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 57.4 0.00 126.7-54.68
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 29,352.3 1.06 25,245.116.27
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,580.9 0.17 8,534.5-46.32
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 18.7-100.00
52 Cotton 356.2 0.01 336.65.83
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 58.7 0.00 98.2-40.20
54 Man-made filaments 628.9 0.02 1,021.5-38.43
55 Man-made staple fibers 410.3 0.01 593.7-30.89
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,168.5 0.04 1,168.6-0.01
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 998.1 0.04 1,079.6-7.55
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,172.9 0.04 858.136.68
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2,397.4 0.09 1,850.629.55
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 305.5 0.01 104.7191.76
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,556.4 0.09 2,509.31.88
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,712.3 0.17 4,491.34.92
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6,932.0 0.25 8,955.9-22.60
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2,322.2 0.08 2,388.4-2.77
65 Headgear and parts thereof 253.5 0.01 676.5-62.52
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 252.4 0.01 394.0-35.95
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,272.1 0.05 766.765.91
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 8,593.0 0.31 3,032.1183.40
69 Ceramic products 4,361.0 0.16 3,383.528.89
70 Glass and glassware 4,210.4 0.15 4,598.6-8.44
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 41,194.6 1.49 36,435.513.06
72 Iron and steel 3,309.4 0.12 4,638.3-28.65
73 Articles of iron or steel 29,698.3 1.07 19,931.549.00
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,806.1 0.07 954.989.15
75 Nickel and articles thereof 14.9 0.00 50.1-70.32
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 14,059.8 0.51 15,294.2-8.07
78 Lead and articles thereof 525.7 0.02 56.4832.23
79 Zinc and articles thereof 95.2 0.00 205.8-53.74
80 Tin and articles thereof 184.1 0.01 2.96,260.76
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 279.3 0.01 67.4314.21
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 3,820.2 0.14 3,875.1-1.42
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 6,290.6 0.23 5,593.112.47
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 224,571.6 8.10 194,695.015.35
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 104,680.1 3.78 101,568.43.06
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 3,691.8 0.13 1,416.6160.61
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 54,653.7 1.97 47,161.815.89
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 33,903.9 1.22 4,322.1684.43
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,559.6 0.06 4,742.7-67.11
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 40,945.7 1.48 33,385.622.64
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 6,579.1 0.24 8,027.0-18.04
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 3,036.1 0.11 873.7247.48
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 1,220.6 0.04 2,151.0-43.25
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 26,581.4 0.96 22,745.016.87
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,287.2 0.23 6,096.83.12
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 9,023.9 0.33 8,374.47.76
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 3,677.1 0.13 304.71,106.81
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 204,977.9 7.39 154,507.132.67

US Imports from Jamaica

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 42.09% of US total imports from Jamaica (43.84% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 22.86% of US total imports from Jamaica (20.08% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 22.04% of US total imports from Jamaica (23.96% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.48% of US total imports from Jamaica (2.40% in 2017).

The largest gains in US imports from Jamaica in 2018 over 2017 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) - an increase of $18.6 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $13.4 million;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $3.2 million;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $3.2 million;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $2.0 million;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $1.5 million.

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

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $3.5 million;
  • 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 $2.6 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $1.6 million.
US imports from Jamaica 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 3,327.2 0.86 2,569.829.47
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4,293.4 1.10 3,715.515.55
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 11.1 0.00 30.9-64.11
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 25.9 0.01 92.3-71.94
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 29,614.1 7.61 28,137.15.25
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 5,922.1 1.52 5,084.716.47
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 9,457.5 2.43 11,020.1-14.18
10 Cereals 2.9 0.00 0.0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 647.8 0.17 592.29.37
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 382.1 0.10 375.61.71
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 150.1 0.04 141.75.96
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 10.2 0.00 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 124.8 0.03 76.663.04
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 181.8 0.05 187.7-3.16
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 6,255.1 1.61 5,354.616.82
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 9.6 0.00 30.5-68.50
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 12,903.8 3.32 12,865.60.30
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 16,578.0 4.26 13,379.223.91
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 20,852.9 5.36 20,045.94.03
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 53,007.6 13.63 49,840.86.35
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 4,600.4 1.18 4,785.2-3.86
26 Ores, slag and ash 81,132.1 20.85 79,110.82.55
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 0.0 0.00 6.2-100.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 85,954.5 22.09 67,343.627.64
29 Organic chemicals 7.9 0.00 0.0
31 Fertilizers 91.7 0.02 82.511.10
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 38.7 0.01 92.9-58.38
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,035.9 0.27 1,292.5-19.85
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 244.8 0.06 163.549.74
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 6.7 0.00 6.7-0.62
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,552.8 0.40 1,348.715.13
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2.6 0.00 13.9-81.32
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 10.2 0.00 76.0-86.62
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,175.4 0.30 1,236.6-4.95
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 15.6 0.00 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 17.7 0.00 10.372.34
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 7.5 0.00 9.5-21.19
55 Man-made staple fibers 554.4 0.14 11.94,552.78
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 95.0 0.02 99.5-4.54
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 7.3 0.00 13.5-45.82
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 49.1 0.01 23.5109.35
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 65.4 0.02 22.7188.76
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 0.3-100.00
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 3.9-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 0.0 0.00 3.3-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,764.3 1.48 8,402.4-31.40
72 Iron and steel 22.1 0.01 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 135.4 0.03 353.3-61.67
74 Copper and articles thereof 140.3 0.04 35.3298.07
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 91.7 0.02 66.438.12
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4.6 0.00 3.727.01
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 673.3 0.17 866.3-22.28
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 1,198.6 0.31 1,356.0-11.61
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 20.5 0.01 4.5360.81
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 6.0 0.00 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 814.4 0.21 106.5664.39
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 3.4 0.00 0.0
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 263.7 0.07 191.637.65
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 7.1 0.00 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 495.6 0.13 4,014.0-87.65
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 38,968.9 10.02 25,540.152.58
2,883.5td
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce