US trade (export - import) with Kenya in 2015

Published or Updated: Feb 17, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Kenya in 2015: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Kenya

In 2015, US trade with Kenya was $1,523.3 million, down 32.30% ($726.8 million) from 2014.

US exports to Kenya in 2015 were $936.8 million, down 42.91% ($704.1 million) from 2014.

US imports from Kenya in 2015 were $586.5 million, down 3.72% ($22.7 million) from 2014.

US trade surplus with Kenya in 2015 was $350.2 million, a 66.05% decrease ($681.5 million) over 2014.

Kenya was the US 85th largest trading partner in 2015 (down from 80th in 2014), accounting for 0.0400% of US total trade (down from 0.0558% in 2014).

Kenya was the US 79th largest export market in 2015 (down from 69th in 2014), accounting for 0.0623% of US total exports (down from 0.1013% in 2014).

Kenya was the US 85th largest supplier in 2015 (just as in 2014), accounting for 0.0254% of US total imports (up from 0.0253% in 2014).

US Exports to Kenya

The major share of US exports to Kenya in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 80.59% of US total exports to Kenya (86.70% in 2014);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.08% of US total exports to Kenya (4.14% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.33% of US total exports to Kenya (2.49% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.04% of US total exports to Kenya (1.27% in 2014);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.72% of US total exports to Kenya (1.38% in 2014);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.16% of US total exports to Kenya (0.17% in 2014).

The largest gains in US exports to Kenya in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $13.1 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $8.1 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $3.5 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Kenya in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $604.2 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $53.3 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $20.7 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $6.3 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $5.5 million;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $5.3 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $4.5 million;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $4.1 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $4.1 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) - a decrease of $2.9 million.
US exports to Kenya in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2014
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2015
over 2014
(%)
01 Live animals 0.0 0.00 51.6-100.00
02 Meat and edible meat offal 97.7 0.01 163.4-40.23
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 220.3 0.02 9.52,219.43
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 29.0 0.00 491.6-94.10
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 286.6 0.03 590.3-51.45
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 233.2 0.02 586.1-60.22
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 6,373.5 0.68 8,763.2-27.27
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 711.3 0.08 736.7-3.45
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0.0 0.00 11.5-100.00
10 Cereals 32,920.9 3.51 19,815.666.14
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 5,582.9 0.60 10,836.8-48.48
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,149.2 0.34 3,457.1-8.91
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 31.2 0.00 338.2-90.76
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 6,286.5 0.67 10,387.7-39.48
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 2.7 0.00 0.0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 196.0 0.02 179.69.15
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 205.8 0.02 59.6245.39
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 1,418.6 0.15 5,541.5-74.40
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 473.8 0.05 593.8-20.22
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 7,277.1 0.78 3,761.893.45
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 514.0 0.05 855.9-39.95
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 299.7 0.03 650.0-53.90
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,018.7 0.22 2,076.8-2.80
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 8,818.8 0.94 703.11,154.35
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,070.7 0.11 789.435.63
29 Organic chemicals 3,730.0 0.40 1,602.1132.83
30 Pharmaceutical products 4,362.9 0.47 5,810.1-24.91
31 Fertilizers 175.1 0.02 31.1462.95
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 194.1 0.02 242.7-20.05
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3,918.1 0.42 5,062.2-22.60
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 482.5 0.05 656.4-26.49
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 532.5 0.06 783.8-32.06
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 10.8 0.00 1,728.9-99.38
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 21.9 0.00 97.4-77.54
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 7,515.6 0.80 13,803.6-45.55
39 Plastics and articles thereof 6,563.9 0.70 4,943.832.77
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,605.8 0.28 5,354.5-51.33
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 10.9 0.00 6.664.77
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,177.5 0.13 354.3232.37
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 114.8 0.01 67.370.51
45 Cork and articles of cork 6.7 0.00 0.0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 672.8 0.07 470.942.88
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 17,249.7 1.84 18,819.9-8.34
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,082.7 0.12 1,452.1-25.44
52 Cotton 10.9 0.00 0.0
54 Man-made filaments 10.3 0.00 253.2-95.94
55 Man-made staple fibers 92.0 0.01 20.2355.29
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 261.0 0.03 33.3684.80
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 27.2 0.00 161.7-83.16
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 60.8 0.01 107.1-43.26
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 273.1 0.03 446.8-38.87
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 6.9 0.00 117.2-94.08
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 218.7 0.02 228.8-4.41
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 481.7 0.05 151.1218.83
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 12,919.4 1.38 17,404.9-25.77
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 1,756.1 0.19 3,744.6-53.10
65 Headgear and parts thereof 10.3 0.00 8.521.90
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 468.3 0.05 1,035.7-54.79
69 Ceramic products 91.7 0.01 227.9-59.75
70 Glass and glassware 282.1 0.03 1,192.9-76.35
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 90.3 0.01 87.03.82
72 Iron and steel 397.5 0.04 710.2-44.03
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,362.9 0.25 5,034.2-53.06
74 Copper and articles thereof 150.4 0.02 52.2187.94
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 41.0-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 330.5 0.04 799.1-58.64
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 49.1-100.00
80 Tin and articles thereof 17.9 0.00 0.0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 2.8 0.00 248.5-98.86
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,921.9 0.21 2,219.2-13.40
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 299.0 0.03 206.344.94
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 58,717.1 6.27 112,061.4-47.60
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 27,057.4 2.89 29,933.5-9.61
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 10,195.4 1.09 10,112.90.82
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 6,283.9 0.67 8,234.7-23.69
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 630,210.2 67.28 1,234,371.7-48.94
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 296.8 0.03 292.81.36
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 22,181.4 2.37 27,676.5-19.85
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 112.1 0.01 210.0-46.60
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 113.1-100.00
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 448.0 0.05 484.1-7.45
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 3,233.9 0.35 2,648.722.09
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 832.8 0.09 485.171.67
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 531.0 0.06 524.11.32
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 23.8 0.00 328.6-92.77
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 25,447.1 2.72 46,102.4-44.80

US Imports from Kenya

The major share of US imports from Kenya in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 65.06% of US total imports from Kenya (64.42% in 2014);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 24.61% of US total imports from Kenya (19.76% in 2014);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 3.06% of US total imports from Kenya (2.67% in 2014).

The largest gains in US imports from Kenya in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $13.0 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $6.5 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $3.3 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $2.2 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $1.9 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $1.9 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Kenya in 2015 over the 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $40.0 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $12.8 million.
US imports from Kenya in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2014
USD thousand)
Change
in 2015
over 2014
(%)
01 Live animals 192.1 0.03 193.8-0.86
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,021.5 0.17 1,043.9-2.14
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 3.3 0.00 11.7-71.50
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 27.3 0.00 44.2-38.16
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 8,272.8 1.41 7,856.25.30
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 102.4 0.02 91.312.13
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 46,912.5 8.00 40,416.516.07
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 52,985.0 9.03 54,349.7-2.51
10 Cereals 56.0 0.01 76.0-26.30
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 399.4 0.07 417.7-4.37
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 182.6 0.03 90.1102.67
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 67.7 0.01 61.510.06
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 14.4-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,387.0 0.92 2,129.4152.98
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4.9 0.00 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 3.5 0.00 3.45.61
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 15,618.0 2.66 2,587.6503.58
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 12,928.7 2.20 10,733.520.45
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 204.2 0.03 262.2-22.13
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 4.3-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 17,968.2 3.06 16,252.710.55
29 Organic chemicals 63.8 0.01 81.9-22.11
30 Pharmaceutical products 80.9 0.01 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 837.7 0.14 1,090.3-23.16
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3,600.2 0.61 1,744.6106.37
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 390.6 0.07 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 23.7 0.00 38.3-37.96
39 Plastics and articles thereof 567.2 0.10 1,016.4-44.20
40 Rubber and articles thereof 15.8 0.00 70.2-77.44
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 789.0 0.13 736.57.13
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 19.2 0.00 2.4685.15
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 542.8 0.09 664.5-18.31
45 Cork and articles of cork 14.3 0.00 16.5-13.56
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 115.5 0.02 183.5-37.08
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2.7 0.00 6.2-56.51
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 151.6 0.03 193.5-21.68
52 Cotton 35.0 0.01 2.81,161.76
54 Man-made filaments 0.0 0.00 15.4-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.3 0.00 1.3-79.07
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 6.0 0.00 6.7-11.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 2.4 0.00 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 89.4-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 5.6 0.00 0.5936.38
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 175,729.7 29.96 188,487.4-6.77
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 204,960.6 34.94 203,240.50.85
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 375.6 0.06 116.8221.65
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 367.8 0.06 181.7102.48
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1.9 0.00 1.9-2.93
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 24.6 0.00 44.5-44.63
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 88.5 0.02 235.4-62.40
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 209.7 0.04 125.067.80
69 Ceramic products 50.0 0.01 139.8-64.25
70 Glass and glassware 199.0 0.03 81.5144.14
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,760.2 0.47 3,216.2-14.18
73 Articles of iron or steel 249.1 0.04 6.83,589.50
74 Copper and articles thereof 15.6 0.00 6.1155.08
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 8.4 0.00 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 23.0 0.00 0.0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 114.7 0.02 75.651.70
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 816.8 0.14 478.570.71
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 432.8 0.07 1,982.6-78.17
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 25.4 0.00 79.8-68.20
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 20.8 0.00 274.8-92.44
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0.0 0.00 17.0-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 240.0 0.04 569.5-57.86
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 20.3 0.00 17.516.17
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 250.4 0.04 67.3271.87
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 4,046.1 0.69 3,224.325.49
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 111.5 0.02 24.1362.72
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2,065.6 0.35 209.9883.98
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 23,717.7 4.04 63,673.6-62.75
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce