US trade (export - import) with Kenya in 2016

Published or Updated: May 06, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Kenya in 2016: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Kenya

In 2016, US trade with Kenya was $963.4 million, down 36.76% ($559.9 million) from 2015.

US exports to Kenya in 2016 were $393.9 million, down 57.95% ($542.9 million) from 2015.

US imports from Kenya in 2016 were $569.5 million, down 2.90% ($17.0 million) from 2015.

US trade balance with Kenya went from a surplus of $350.2 million in 2015, to a deficit of $175.6 million in 2016.

Kenya was the US 94th largest trading partner in 2016 (down from 85th in 2015), accounting for 0.0260% of US total trade (down from 0.0400% in 2015).

Kenya was the US 99th largest export market in 2016 (down from 79th in 2015), accounting for 0.0271% of US total exports (down from 0.0623% in 2015).

Kenya was the US 84th largest supplier in 2016 (up from 85th in 2015), accounting for 0.0253% of US total imports (down from 0.0254% in 2015).

US Exports to Kenya

The major share of US exports to Kenya in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 55.00% of US total exports to Kenya (80.59% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 14.36% of US total exports to Kenya (7.08% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 14.23% of US total exports to Kenya (3.33% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.33% of US total exports to Kenya (2.04% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 3.63% of US total exports to Kenya (1.72% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.05% of US total exports to Kenya (0.59% in 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.99% of US total exports to Kenya (1.16% in 2015).

The largest gains in US exports to Kenya in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $16,734.4 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) - an increase of $13,814.3 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $4,789.1 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $3,234.4 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,489.4 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $2,324.7 thousand;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $1,577.9 thousand;
  • Photographic or cinematographic goods (HS code 37) - an increase of $1,318.8 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $1,317.2 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Kenya in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $536,541.9 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $11,320.3 thousand;
  • 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 (HS code 86) - a decrease of $8,874.4 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $8,074.4 thousand;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $7,298.6 thousand;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $3,182.7 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $3,046.3 thousand;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $3,040.1 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $2,798.5 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $1,815.4 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $1,585.0 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $1,211.0 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $1,181.6 thousand.
US exports to Kenya in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 11.6 0.00 97.7-88.13
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 440.6 0.11 220.399.98
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 38.0 0.01 29.031.03
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 444.4 0.11 286.655.04
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 240.8 0.06 233.23.27
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 7,358.6 1.87 6,373.515.46
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,250.8 0.32 711.375.84
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 6.5 0.00 0.0
10 Cereals 29,874.6 7.58 32,920.9-9.25
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 2,400.1 0.61 5,582.9-57.01
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,690.5 0.94 3,149.217.19
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2.6 0.00 31.2-91.76
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,075.5 1.29 6,286.5-19.26
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 5.1 0.00 2.788.76
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 129.8 0.03 196.0-33.81
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 63.7 0.02 205.8-69.07
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 236.9 0.06 1,418.6-83.30
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 248.1 0.06 473.8-47.62
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 4,478.5 1.14 7,277.1-38.46
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 349.3 0.09 514.0-32.05
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 193.8 0.05 299.7-35.33
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,366.4 0.60 2,018.717.22
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,520.2 0.39 8,818.8-82.76
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 632.9 0.16 1,070.7-40.88
29 Organic chemicals 689.9 0.18 3,730.0-81.50
30 Pharmaceutical products 7,597.3 1.93 4,362.974.13
31 Fertilizers 0.0 0.00 175.1-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 360.0 0.09 194.185.52
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 4,766.0 1.21 3,918.121.64
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 775.2 0.20 482.560.66
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 217.6 0.06 532.5-59.14
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 126.3 0.03 10.81,069.94
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 1,340.7 0.34 21.96,029.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 12,304.7 3.12 7,515.663.72
39 Plastics and articles thereof 23,298.3 5.92 6,563.9254.95
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,923.0 1.00 2,605.850.55
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 10.9-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 337.4 0.09 1,177.5-71.35
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 56.2 0.01 114.8-51.05
45 Cork and articles of cork 39.6 0.01 6.7494.32
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 502.7 0.13 672.8-25.28
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 15,664.7 3.98 17,249.7-9.19
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 786.3 0.20 1,082.7-27.37
52 Cotton 35.3 0.01 10.9223.65
54 Man-made filaments 6.8 0.00 10.3-33.62
55 Man-made staple fibers 629.3 0.16 92.0584.20
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 223.3 0.06 261.0-14.43
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 30.9 0.01 27.213.57
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 18.5 0.00 60.8-69.58
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 100.4 0.03 273.1-63.23
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 21.2 0.01 6.9206.14
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 358.6 0.09 218.763.98
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 347.9 0.09 481.7-27.77
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 11,104.0 2.82 12,919.4-14.05
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 1,407.5 0.36 1,756.1-19.85
65 Headgear and parts thereof 24.0 0.01 10.3131.78
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 606.2 0.15 468.329.46
69 Ceramic products 234.7 0.06 91.7155.90
70 Glass and glassware 197.9 0.05 282.1-29.87
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 601.8 0.15 90.3566.63
72 Iron and steel 215.1 0.05 397.5-45.89
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,476.7 0.63 2,362.94.81
74 Copper and articles thereof 71.4 0.02 150.4-52.54
75 Nickel and articles thereof 4.5 0.00 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 207.6 0.05 330.5-37.17
78 Lead and articles thereof 5.2 0.00 0.0
80 Tin and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 17.9-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0.0 0.00 2.8-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 868.7 0.22 1,921.9-54.80
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 295.7 0.08 299.0-1.10
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 47,396.8 12.03 58,717.1-19.28
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 40,871.7 10.38 27,057.451.06
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 1,321.0 0.34 10,195.4-87.04
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 8,773.3 2.23 6,283.939.61
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 93,668.4 23.78 630,210.2-85.14
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 87.9 0.02 296.8-70.37
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 24,506.1 6.22 22,181.410.48
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 103.5 0.03 112.1-7.72
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 42.9 0.01 0.0
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 2,025.9 0.51 448.0352.18
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 2,100.7 0.53 3,233.9-35.04
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,253.8 0.32 832.850.56
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 320.0 0.08 531.0-39.73
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 84.5 0.02 23.8255.58
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 17,372.7 4.41 25,447.1-31.73

US Imports from Kenya

The major share of US imports from Kenya in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 61.92% of US total imports from Kenya (65.06% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 23.23% of US total imports from Kenya (24.61% in 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 4.43% of US total imports from Kenya (3.06% in 2015).

The largest gains in US imports from Kenya in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $16,742.7 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $12,402.0 thousand;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $7,123.2 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $4,984.0 thousand;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $1,876.5 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Kenya in 2016 over the 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $41,059.9 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $8,865.2 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $4,289.4 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $3,754.2 thousand.
US imports from Kenya in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2015
USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
01 Live animals 184.6 0.03 192.1-3.91
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 613.5 0.11 1,021.5-39.95
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 3.3-100.00
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 23.5 0.00 27.3-13.89
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 6,679.5 1.17 8,272.8-19.26
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 84.0 0.01 102.4-17.94
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 42,623.1 7.48 46,912.5-9.14
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 49,230.8 8.64 52,985.0-7.09
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 56.0-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 473.9 0.08 399.418.66
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 343.5 0.06 182.688.09
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 8.7 0.00 67.7-87.12
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 12.2 0.00 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,197.0 0.91 5,387.0-3.53
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 4.9-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 68.9 0.01 3.51,846.36
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 6,752.7 1.19 15,618.0-56.76
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 17,912.7 3.15 12,928.738.55
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 183.6 0.03 204.2-10.06
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,876.5 0.33 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 131.9 0.02 0.0
26 Ores, slag and ash 25,091.4 4.41 17,968.239.64
29 Organic chemicals 55.2 0.01 63.8-13.38
30 Pharmaceutical products 0.0 0.00 80.9-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 712.5 0.13 837.7-14.95
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3,129.3 0.55 3,600.2-13.08
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 6.6 0.00 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 106.2 0.02 390.6-72.81
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 118.3 0.02 23.7398.26
39 Plastics and articles thereof 483.6 0.08 567.2-14.73
40 Rubber and articles thereof 13.7 0.00 15.8-13.49
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 456.7 0.08 789.0-42.12
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0.0 0.00 19.2-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 394.6 0.07 542.8-27.30
45 Cork and articles of cork 15.8 0.00 14.310.77
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 125.6 0.02 115.58.76
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 9.4 0.00 2.7247.53
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 175.2 0.03 151.615.56
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.7 0.00 0.0
52 Cotton 54.7 0.01 35.055.97
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 7.6 0.00 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 0.3-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 9.4 0.00 6.057.41
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 8.0 0.00 2.4238.22
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 5.6-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 134,669.8 23.65 175,729.7-23.37
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 217,362.6 38.17 204,960.66.05
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 141.0 0.02 375.6-62.45
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 162.7 0.03 367.8-55.77
65 Headgear and parts thereof 6.6 0.00 1.9256.29
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 18.2 0.00 24.6-26.15
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 172.9 0.03 88.595.26
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 252.0 0.04 209.720.12
69 Ceramic products 184.7 0.03 50.0269.54
70 Glass and glassware 41.1 0.01 199.0-79.34
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,989.4 0.52 2,760.28.30
72 Iron and steel 13.1 0.00 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 144.6 0.03 249.1-41.95
74 Copper and articles thereof 2.2 0.00 15.6-86.11
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 8.4-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0.0 0.00 23.0-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 101.0 0.02 114.7-11.91
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,281.3 0.22 816.856.86
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 1,604.2 0.28 432.8270.62
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 25.4-100.00
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 20.8-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 511.3 0.09 240.0113.07
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 295.6 0.05 0.0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 13.3 0.00 20.3-34.25
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 45.6 0.01 250.4-81.79
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 4,481.9 0.79 4,046.110.77
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 89.1 0.02 111.5-20.09
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,069.4 0.19 2,065.6-48.23
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 40,460.4 7.10 23,717.770.59
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce