US trade (export - import) with Kenya in 2017

Published or Updated: May 18, 2018

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Kenya in 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Kenya

In 2017, US trade with Kenya totaled $1,045.2 million, up 8.49% ($81.8 million) from 2016.

US exports to Kenya in 2017 totaled $455.5 million, up 15.65% ($61.6 million) from 2016.

US imports from Kenya in 2017 totaled $589.7 million, up 3.54% ($20.2 million) from 2016.

US trade deficit with Kenya in 2017 was $134.2 million, a 23.61% decrease ($41.5 million) over 2016.

Kenya was the US 92nd largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 94th in 2016), accounting for 0.0264% of US total trade (up from 0.0260% in 2016).

Kenya was the US 97th largest export market in 2017 (up from 99th in 2016), accounting for 0.0295% of US total exports (up from 0.0271% in 2016).

Kenya was the US 86th largest supplier in 2017 (down from 84th in 2016), accounting for 0.0245% of US total imports (down from 0.0253% in 2016).

US Exports to Kenya

The major share of US exports to Kenya in 2017 (and in 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 56.74% of US total exports to Kenya (55.00% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 16.20% of US total exports to Kenya (14.36% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.35% of US total exports to Kenya (14.23% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.90% of US total exports to Kenya (4.33% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.73% of US total exports to Kenya (3.63% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.33% of US total exports to Kenya (1.05% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Kenya in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $60.4 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $10.5 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $8.3 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $8.0 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $5.9 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $3.1 million;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $3.0 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $2.5 million;
  • 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) - an increase of $2.4 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Kenya in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $23.1 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $6.4 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $4.6 million;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $2.4 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $2.1 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $1.5 million.
US exports to Kenya in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2017
over 2016
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 4.0 0.00 11.6-65.91
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 41.7 0.01 440.6-90.54
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 86.4 0.02 38.0127.37
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 147.8 0.03 444.4-66.73
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 172.8 0.04 240.8-28.23
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 8,698.4 1.91 7,358.618.21
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 286.4 0.06 1,250.8-77.10
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 7.8 0.00 6.520.09
10 Cereals 35,763.0 7.85 29,874.619.71
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 29.4 0.01 2,400.1-98.78
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,517.1 0.77 3,690.5-4.70
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 2.6-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 13,101.3 2.88 5,075.5158.13
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0.0 0.00 5.1-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 124.4 0.03 129.8-4.15
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 66.6 0.01 63.74.64
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 3,272.5 0.72 236.91,281.17
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 213.5 0.05 248.1-13.94
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 7,619.0 1.67 4,478.570.12
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 390.6 0.09 349.311.83
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 229.7 0.05 193.818.54
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,547.4 0.56 2,366.47.65
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 64.2 0.01 1,520.2-95.78
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 304.1 0.07 632.9-51.95
29 Organic chemicals 1,610.5 0.35 689.9133.45
30 Pharmaceutical products 5,493.5 1.21 7,597.3-27.69
31 Fertilizers 64.0 0.01 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 463.2 0.10 360.028.65
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 4,690.9 1.03 4,766.0-1.58
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 1,038.5 0.23 775.233.97
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 46.6 0.01 217.6-78.59
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 1,119.7 0.25 126.3786.44
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 125.0 0.03 1,340.7-90.68
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 14,782.8 3.25 12,304.720.14
39 Plastics and articles thereof 18,680.8 4.10 23,298.3-19.82
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,297.9 0.72 3,923.0-15.93
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 135.7 0.03 337.4-59.77
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 68.4 0.02 56.221.66
45 Cork and articles of cork 2.9 0.00 39.6-92.75
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 340.5 0.07 502.7-32.26
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 16,074.1 3.53 15,664.72.61
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,268.6 0.28 786.361.33
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 9.8 0.00 0.0
52 Cotton 78.7 0.02 35.3122.96
54 Man-made filaments 4.4 0.00 6.8-35.97
55 Man-made staple fibers 370.8 0.08 629.3-41.08
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 35.7 0.01 223.3-84.01
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 94.5 0.02 30.9205.33
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 60.4 0.01 18.5226.81
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 227.2 0.05 100.4126.20
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 4.5 0.00 21.2-78.73
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 163.0 0.04 358.6-54.54
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 900.4 0.20 347.9158.80
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9,769.6 2.14 11,104.0-12.02
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 581.2 0.13 1,407.5-58.71
65 Headgear and parts thereof 130.5 0.03 24.0444.19
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 2.7 0.00 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 488.8 0.11 606.2-19.37
69 Ceramic products 585.4 0.13 234.7149.40
70 Glass and glassware 60.5 0.01 197.9-69.41
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 203.3 0.04 601.8-66.22
72 Iron and steel 475.7 0.10 215.1121.16
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,950.9 0.65 2,476.719.15
74 Copper and articles thereof 81.1 0.02 71.413.65
75 Nickel and articles thereof 22.7 0.00 4.5408.43
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 272.9 0.06 207.631.44
78 Lead and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 5.2-100.00
80 Tin and articles thereof 20.1 0.00 0.0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 6.6 0.00 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,517.0 0.33 868.774.64
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 731.6 0.16 295.7147.44
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 55,740.2 12.24 47,396.817.60
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 17,764.4 3.90 40,871.7-56.54
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 3,767.2 0.83 1,321.0185.18
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 7,925.0 1.74 8,773.3-9.67
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 154,117.1 33.83 93,668.464.53
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,042.5 0.23 87.91,085.59
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 18,098.7 3.97 24,506.1-26.15
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 55.6 0.01 103.5-46.24
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 57.2 0.01 42.933.48
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 913.9 0.20 2,025.9-54.89
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 1,272.1 0.28 2,100.7-39.44
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 811.8 0.18 1,253.8-35.25
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 213.0 0.05 320.0-33.46
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 84.5-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 27,876.9 6.12 17,372.760.46

US Imports from Kenya

The major share of US imports from Kenya in 2017 (and in 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 59.53% of US total imports from Kenya (61.92% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 28.34% of US total imports from Kenya (23.23% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 5.11% of US total imports from Kenya (4.43% in 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Kenya in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $20.9 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $18.0 million;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $4.9 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Kenya in 2017 over the 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $15.5 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $3.9 million;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $2.1 million;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $1.9 million.
US imports from Kenya in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2016
USD thousand)
Change
in 2017
over 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 351.9 0.06 184.690.60
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 677.8 0.11 613.510.49
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 23.5-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 6,373.8 1.08 6,679.5-4.58
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 162.4 0.03 84.093.18
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 60,574.5 10.27 42,623.142.12
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 70,125.7 11.89 49,230.842.44
10 Cereals 128.7 0.02 0.0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 252.4 0.04 473.9-46.74
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,209.7 0.21 343.5252.21
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 6.7 0.00 8.7-22.73
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 12.2-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 4,634.0 0.79 5,197.0-10.83
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 75.2 0.01 68.99.08
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4,613.6 0.78 6,752.7-31.68
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 17,746.5 3.01 17,912.7-0.93
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 169.8 0.03 183.6-7.54
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 1,876.5-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 143.2 0.02 131.98.59
26 Ores, slag and ash 29,979.7 5.08 25,091.419.48
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 110.7 0.02 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 13.6 0.00 55.2-75.39
30 Pharmaceutical products 27.0 0.00 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 261.5 0.04 712.5-63.30
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3,575.5 0.61 3,129.314.26
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 2.5 0.00 0.0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0.0 0.00 6.6-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0.0 0.00 106.2-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0.0 0.00 118.3-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 394.0 0.07 483.6-18.54
40 Rubber and articles thereof 108.2 0.02 13.7689.78
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 534.6 0.09 456.717.06
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 1.0 0.00 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 759.2 0.13 394.692.38
45 Cork and articles of cork 7.3 0.00 15.8-54.06
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 215.4 0.04 125.671.50
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 14.1 0.00 9.450.15
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 69.1 0.01 175.2-60.56
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 0.7-100.00
52 Cotton 21.9 0.00 54.7-60.01
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0.0 0.00 7.6-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 1.6 0.00 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.6 0.00 0.0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 10.9 0.00 9.415.19
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 3.0 0.00 8.0-62.65
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 5.1 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 136,315.5 23.12 134,669.81.22
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 213,428.3 36.19 217,362.6-1.81
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 310.5 0.05 141.0120.20
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 119.0 0.02 162.7-26.85
65 Headgear and parts thereof 11.5 0.00 6.674.14
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 49.4 0.01 18.2171.89
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 757.2 0.13 172.9338.03
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 267.3 0.05 252.06.10
69 Ceramic products 191.1 0.03 184.73.49
70 Glass and glassware 60.3 0.01 41.146.57
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,799.6 0.47 2,989.4-6.35
72 Iron and steel 0.0 0.00 13.1-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 226.4 0.04 144.656.60
74 Copper and articles thereof 16.2 0.00 2.2647.34
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 17.8 0.00 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 12.5 0.00 0.0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 168.2 0.03 101.066.41
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 692.7 0.12 1,281.3-45.94
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 742.8 0.13 1,604.2-53.70
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 63.7 0.01 0.0
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 18.1 0.00 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 480.4 0.08 511.3-6.06
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 37.7 0.01 295.6-87.25
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 23.6 0.00 13.377.12
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 6.6 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 173.3 0.03 45.6279.98
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 3,307.3 0.56 4,481.9-26.21
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 90.8 0.02 89.11.98
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 984.8 0.17 1,069.4-7.91
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 24,928.3 4.23 40,460.4-38.39
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce