US trade (export - import) with Kenya in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 13, 2019

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

US Trade with Kenya

In 2018, US trade with Kenya was $1,017.7 million, down 2.62% ($27.4 million) from 2017.

US exports to Kenya in 2018 were $358.0 million, down 21.41% ($97.5 million) from 2017.

US imports from Kenya in 2018 totaled $659.8 million, up 11.89% ($70.1 million) from 2017.

US trade deficit with Kenya in 2018 was $301.8 million, a 124.96% increase ($167.7 million) over 2017.

Kenya was the US 99th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 92nd in 2017), accounting for 0.0238% of US total trade (down from 0.0264% in 2017).

Kenya was the US 110th largest export market in 2018 (down from 97th in 2017), accounting for 0.0215% of US total exports (down from 0.0295% in 2017).

Kenya was the US 85th largest supplier in 2018 (up from 86th in 2017), accounting for 0.0252% of US total imports (up from 0.0245% in 2017).

US Exports to Kenya

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 55.26% of US total exports to Kenya (56.74% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 17.34% of US total exports to Kenya (11.35% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.79% of US total exports to Kenya (16.20% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 5.04% of US total exports to Kenya (3.90% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 3.70% of US total exports to Kenya (2.73% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.69% of US total exports to Kenya (1.33% in 2017).

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $18.7 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) - an increase of $13.0 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $2.1 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $1.3 million.

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $51.1 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $19.8 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $15.2 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $11.6 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $9.8 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $4.6 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $3.6 million;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $3.4 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $3.0 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $3.0 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $2.7 million;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $1.4 million.
US exports to Kenya 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 109.8 0.03 0.0
02 Meat and edible meat offal 68.8 0.02 4.01,641.51
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 12.8 0.00 41.7-69.29
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 134.0 0.04 86.455.10
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 419.3 0.12 147.8183.60
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 102.1 0.03 172.8-40.93
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 5,251.2 1.47 8,698.4-39.63
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 234.4 0.07 286.4-18.18
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0.0 0.00 7.8-100.00
10 Cereals 15,996.3 4.47 35,763.0-55.27
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 40.6 0.01 29.438.09
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,192.5 0.89 3,517.1-9.23
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3,327.8 0.93 13,101.3-74.60
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 34.3 0.01 124.4-72.45
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 52.2 0.01 66.6-21.58
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 1,828.0 0.51 3,272.5-44.14
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 265.3 0.07 213.524.26
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 3,036.1 0.85 7,619.0-60.15
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 668.1 0.19 390.671.06
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 268.8 0.08 229.717.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,342.3 0.65 2,547.4-8.05
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 351.1 0.10 64.2447.16
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 770.0 0.22 304.1153.18
29 Organic chemicals 1,123.7 0.31 1,610.5-30.23
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,918.5 0.54 5,493.5-65.08
31 Fertilizers 46.0 0.01 64.0-28.18
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 164.7 0.05 463.2-64.45
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3,945.4 1.10 4,690.9-15.89
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 1,330.5 0.37 1,038.528.12
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 880.7 0.25 46.61,790.50
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 88.2 0.02 1,119.7-92.12
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 90.5 0.03 125.0-27.55
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 12,068.7 3.37 14,782.8-18.36
39 Plastics and articles thereof 37,369.5 10.44 18,680.8100.04
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,277.2 0.64 3,297.9-30.95
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 372.4 0.10 135.7174.40
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 26.7 0.01 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 125.2 0.03 68.483.10
45 Cork and articles of cork 16.1 0.00 2.9459.72
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 1,089.7 0.30 340.5220.04
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 15,742.2 4.40 16,074.1-2.06
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,080.5 0.30 1,268.6-14.82
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 9.8-100.00
52 Cotton 7.7 0.00 78.7-90.26
54 Man-made filaments 8.9 0.00 4.4104.35
55 Man-made staple fibers 45.4 0.01 370.8-87.76
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 45.0 0.01 35.725.96
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 169.3 0.05 94.579.19
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 182.7 0.05 60.4202.33
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 361.1 0.10 227.258.94
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 9.6 0.00 4.5112.06
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 237.7 0.07 163.045.82
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 389.8 0.11 900.4-56.71
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 11,069.6 3.09 9,769.613.31
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 608.9 0.17 581.24.76
65 Headgear and parts thereof 113.1 0.03 130.5-13.35
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 513.2 0.14 488.85.00
69 Ceramic products 73.5 0.02 585.4-87.44
70 Glass and glassware 122.5 0.03 60.5102.44
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 67.6 0.02 203.3-66.76
72 Iron and steel 339.2 0.09 475.7-28.69
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,704.2 1.03 2,950.925.53
74 Copper and articles thereof 18.7 0.01 81.1-76.89
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2.9 0.00 22.7-87.19
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 311.0 0.09 272.913.96
78 Lead and articles thereof 79.6 0.02 0.0
80 Tin and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 20.1-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 9.4 0.00 6.642.85
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 896.1 0.25 1,517.0-40.93
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 692.7 0.19 731.6-5.32
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 40,501.2 11.31 55,740.2-27.34
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 30,754.3 8.59 17,764.473.12
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 3,346.3 0.93 3,767.2-11.17
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,969.8 1.39 7,925.0-37.29
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 103,026.9 28.78 154,117.1-33.15
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 76.2 0.02 1,042.5-92.69
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 15,128.8 4.23 18,098.7-16.41
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 49.4 0.01 55.6-11.13
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 45.1 0.01 57.2-21.18
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 2,969.7 0.83 913.9224.96
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 1,600.4 0.45 1,272.125.81
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 488.5 0.14 811.8-39.83
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 342.7 0.10 213.060.93
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 16,312.3 4.56 27,876.9-41.48

US Imports from Kenya

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 61.44% of US total imports from Kenya (59.53% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 22.43% of US total imports from Kenya (28.34% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.83% of US total imports from Kenya (0.34% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.68% of US total imports from Kenya (0.76% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.40% of US total imports from Kenya (5.11% in 2017).

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $33.2 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $32.4 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) - an increase of $22.3 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $21.3 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $14.1 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $6.6 million;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $2.5 million.

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $30.0 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $19.6 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $7.5 million;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $3.0 million;
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (HS code 06) - a decrease of $2.4 million.
US imports from Kenya 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
(%)
01 Live animals 643.7 0.10 351.982.94
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 715.8 0.11 677.85.60
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 22.3 0.00 0.0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 4,000.8 0.61 6,373.8-37.23
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 169.0 0.03 162.44.12
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 74,647.4 11.31 60,574.523.23
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 50,511.7 7.66 70,125.7-27.97
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 128.7-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 285.9 0.04 252.413.26
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 981.9 0.15 1,209.7-18.83
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 45.6 0.01 6.7576.42
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3,875.5 0.59 4,634.0-16.37
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 70.0 0.01 75.2-6.94
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,589.0 0.24 4,613.6-65.56
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 10,274.8 1.56 17,746.5-42.10
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 163.7 0.02 169.8-3.56
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,618.5 0.40 143.21,728.65
26 Ores, slag and ash 0.0 0.00 29,979.7-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 53.2 0.01 0.0
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0.0 0.00 110.7-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 79.1 0.01 13.6481.83
30 Pharmaceutical products 6.5 0.00 27.0-75.99
31 Fertilizers 5.7 0.00 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 78.8 0.01 261.5-69.88
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 10,171.1 1.54 3,575.5184.46
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 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 21.3 0.00 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 663.6 0.10 394.068.43
40 Rubber and articles thereof 81.0 0.01 108.2-25.19
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 466.0 0.07 534.6-12.84
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0.4 0.00 1.0-54.40
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 564.9 0.09 759.2-25.60
45 Cork and articles of cork 11.7 0.00 7.361.11
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 422.0 0.06 215.495.92
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 7.1 0.00 14.1-49.88
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 201.3 0.03 69.1191.39
52 Cotton 1.5 0.00 21.9-93.13
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 1.6-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 0.6-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 8.1 0.00 10.9-25.14
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 7.1 0.00 3.0138.19
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 5.1-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 157,579.8 23.88 136,315.515.60
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 246,641.9 37.38 213,428.315.56
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 148.7 0.02 310.5-52.11
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 138.5 0.02 119.016.39
65 Headgear and parts thereof 5.6 0.00 11.5-51.25
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 15.0 0.00 49.4-69.67
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 805.5 0.12 757.26.38
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 221.2 0.03 267.3-17.25
69 Ceramic products 167.2 0.03 191.1-12.52
70 Glass and glassware 55.4 0.01 60.3-8.16
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,932.3 0.44 2,799.64.74
73 Articles of iron or steel 43.9 0.01 226.4-80.62
74 Copper and articles thereof 10.8 0.00 16.2-33.30
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 15.0 0.00 17.8-15.97
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0.0 0.00 12.5-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 188.2 0.03 168.211.93
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,466.5 0.22 692.7111.72
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 23,056.1 3.49 742.83,003.94
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4.9 0.00 63.7-92.25
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 61.6 0.01 18.1240.10
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 647.4 0.10 480.434.76
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 37.7-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 20.0 0.00 23.6-15.40
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 6.6-100.00
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 60.0 0.01 173.3-65.36
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 3,351.9 0.51 3,307.31.35
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 52.2 0.01 90.8-42.53
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,249.2 0.19 984.826.84
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 57,372.4 8.70 24,928.3130.15
3,272.5
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce