US trade (export - import) with Kuwait in 2017

Published or Updated: Jun 12, 2018

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

US Trade with Kuwait

In 2017, US trade with Kuwait totaled $8.2 billion, up 20.45% ($1.4 billion) from 2016.

US exports to Kuwait in 2017 totaled $5.2 billion, up 56.75% ($1.9 billion) from 2016.

US imports from Kuwait in 2017 were $3.0 billion, down 13.79% ($0.5 billion) from 2016.

US trade balance with Kuwait went from a deficit of $0.2 billion in 2016, to a surplus of $2.2 billion in 2017.

Kuwait was the US 50th largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 51st in 2016), accounting for 0.2068% of US total trade (up from 0.1834% in 2016).

Kuwait was the US 40th largest export market in 2017 (up from 50th in 2016), accounting for 0.3342% of US total exports (up from 0.2268% in 2016).

Kuwait was the US 61st largest supplier in 2017 (down from 55th in 2016), accounting for 0.1251% of US total imports (down from 0.1553% in 2016).

US Exports to Kuwait

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 69.12% of US total exports to Kuwait (67.56% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.29% of US total exports to Kuwait (8.50% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 4.52% of US total exports to Kuwait (6.75% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.12% of US total exports to Kuwait (5.64% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 2.39% of US total exports to Kuwait (0.53% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.60% of US total exports to Kuwait (1.03% in 2016).

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $803.0 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 $348.8 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $254.8 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $224.5 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $105.3 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $97.2 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $43.8 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $24.0 million;
  • 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 (HS code 94) - an increase of $21.8 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $20.2 million.

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $45.3 million;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $30.5 million.
US exports to Kuwait 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
(%)
01 Live animals 1,151.5 0.02 869.032.52
02 Meat and edible meat offal 35,207.8 0.68 29,733.018.41
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 580.9 0.01 1,958.3-70.33
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 14,214.5 0.28 10,901.730.39
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 45.2 0.00 376.2-87.98
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 113.5 0.00 84.933.62
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 5,929.3 0.11 6,716.4-11.72
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 30,871.6 0.60 31,100.0-0.73
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,392.6 0.05 1,766.335.46
10 Cereals 7,374.0 0.14 3,181.8131.76
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 536.0 0.01 588.9-8.97
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 4,671.3 0.09 5,346.9-12.64
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2,390.5 0.05 262.6810.48
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 8.6 0.00 63.0-86.39
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 42,864.9 0.83 42,593.20.64
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 3,192.8 0.06 2,678.619.20
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4,877.2 0.09 4,206.315.95
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 3,722.9 0.07 4,744.4-21.53
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 13,618.8 0.26 14,501.9-6.09
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 18,675.8 0.36 18,297.32.07
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 35,884.8 0.69 37,769.1-4.99
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,569.5 0.03 1,736.6-9.62
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,720.0 0.07 3,025.322.96
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 73.9 0.00 47.854.51
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,398.1 0.03 878.759.11
26 Ores, slag and ash 0.0 0.00 10.6-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 121,875.4 2.36 16,568.0635.61
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 14,840.1 0.29 14,300.23.78
29 Organic chemicals 14,328.9 0.28 11,341.126.35
30 Pharmaceutical products 31,323.1 0.61 32,225.4-2.80
31 Fertilizers 18.7 0.00 1,271.7-98.53
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,767.6 0.05 3,609.7-23.33
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 18,826.7 0.36 21,101.3-10.78
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 12,447.7 0.24 8,104.853.58
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 3,359.6 0.07 2,922.214.97
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 12,411.1 0.24 27,582.1-55.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 296.4 0.01 231.328.16
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 202,143.1 3.91 104,936.392.63
39 Plastics and articles thereof 43,736.0 0.85 33,456.030.73
40 Rubber and articles thereof 20,106.3 0.39 18,984.85.91
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 17.4 0.00 63.3-72.48
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,741.5 0.03 2,202.2-20.92
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 16.3 0.00 5.8179.55
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,050.9 0.08 2,452.865.16
45 Cork and articles of cork 6.5 0.00 44.6-85.52
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 13.0 0.00 3.0333.19
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 1,813.5 0.04 2,600.8-30.27
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,173.0 0.10 6,345.1-18.47
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5,266.4 0.10 6,152.2-14.40
50 Silk 13.3 0.00 41.5-67.98
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 19.0-100.00
52 Cotton 21.7 0.00 51.0-57.47
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0.0 0.00 21.8-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 102.4 0.00 119.9-14.63
55 Man-made staple fibers 262.7 0.01 397.0-33.83
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 198.8 0.00 238.9-16.81
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 3,334.9 0.06 3,728.1-10.55
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 57.4 0.00 414.8-86.17
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,658.7 0.03 1,562.86.14
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 23.0 0.00 45.2-49.25
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 6,660.8 0.13 6,006.010.90
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 13,157.5 0.25 14,335.6-8.22
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,553.1 0.05 2,661.8-4.08
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 577.5 0.01 1,047.8-44.89
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,165.7 0.02 2,618.0-55.48
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 51.6 0.00 72.4-28.83
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,096.4 0.02 673.362.83
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,962.7 0.08 5,206.9-23.90
69 Ceramic products 1,935.3 0.04 923.4109.59
70 Glass and glassware 3,558.9 0.07 9,650.5-63.12
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,087.7 0.10 7,814.6-34.90
72 Iron and steel 125,042.5 2.42 104,839.419.27
73 Articles of iron or steel 37,121.6 0.72 38,371.3-3.26
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,137.6 0.02 955.119.11
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2,346.6 0.05 1,621.344.73
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 5,204.5 0.10 13,192.7-60.55
78 Lead and articles thereof 11,974.3 0.23 25.247,505.72
79 Zinc and articles thereof 535.8 0.01 559.4-4.22
80 Tin and articles thereof 20.8 0.00 8.9134.47
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 123.0 0.00 305.7-59.78
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 21,660.8 0.42 19,957.88.53
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7,502.5 0.15 6,123.522.52
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 640,520.0 12.40 415,981.453.98
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 622,171.4 12.04 273,339.4127.62
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 378.9 0.01 457.3-17.14
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 756,950.9 14.65 802,267.7-5.65
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 1,339,582.5 25.93 536,570.1149.66
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 10,472.9 0.20 40,940.5-74.42
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 201,087.7 3.89 157,271.927.86
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 564.0 0.01 694.2-18.75
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 58.6 0.00 62.8-6.63
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 366,836.7 7.10 111,989.4227.56
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 68,458.7 1.33 46,649.746.75
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 12,865.6 0.25 13,827.3-6.95
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3,303.9 0.06 2,991.610.44
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 5,270.0 0.10 5,291.1-0.40
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 128,164.1 2.48 104,188.423.01

US Imports from Kuwait

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 93.87% of US total imports from Kuwait (95.05% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.76% of US total imports from Kuwait (2.93% in 2016).

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $29.8 million.

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

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $493.7 million;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $19.9 million.
US imports from Kuwait 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
(%)
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 20.5-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0.0 0.00 9.5-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 204.7 0.01 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 2,827,711.3 93.86 3,321,450.0-14.87
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 178.0 0.01 261.3-31.88
29 Organic chemicals 3.5 0.00 1,993.9-99.82
31 Fertilizers 74,509.6 2.47 94,420.4-21.09
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0.0 0.00 551.8-100.00
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 10.9-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 7,749.3 0.26 3,616.2114.29
39 Plastics and articles thereof 564.0 0.02 1,455.6-61.26
40 Rubber and articles thereof 4.0 0.00 16.7-75.81
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 8.5 0.00 37.7-77.40
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 3.3-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 50.6 0.00 28.180.27
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.9 0.00 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 36.5 0.00 0.0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.7 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 72.2 0.00 9.7643.84
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 11.4 0.00 18.6-38.84
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0.0 0.00 2.8-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 9.5 0.00 1.4591.78
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 1.7-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 9.4 0.00 106.8-91.20
72 Iron and steel 309.1 0.01 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 6.6 0.00 17.1-61.31
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,020.5 0.03 182.7458.57
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0.0 0.00 17.8-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 10.0-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 720.7 0.02 661.78.92
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 896.1 0.03 1,301.1-31.13
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 38.1 0.00 3.11,138.93
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 461.0 0.02 284.462.08
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 18.1-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 20.3-100.00
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 2.8 0.00 65.6-95.80
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 15.5-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3.7 0.00 4.3-13.67
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 347.6 0.01 5.85,897.67
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 97,763.2 3.25 67,922.243.93
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce