US trade (export - import) with Kuwait in 2018

Published or Updated: May 31, 2019

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

US Trade with Kuwait

In 2018, US trade with Kuwait was $5.1 billion, down 38.15% ($3.1 billion) from 2017.

US exports to Kuwait in 2018 were $3.0 billion, down 42.05% ($2.2 billion) from 2017.

US imports from Kuwait in 2018 were $2.1 billion, down 31.48% ($0.9 billion) from 2017.

US trade surplus with Kuwait in 2018 was $0.9 billion, a 56.83% decrease ($1.2 billion) over 2017.

Kuwait was the US 63rd largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 50th in 2017), accounting for 0.1182% of US total trade (down from 0.2068% in 2017).

Kuwait was the US 53rd largest export market in 2018 (down from 40th in 2017), accounting for 0.1799% of US total exports (down from 0.3342% in 2017).

Kuwait was the US 66th largest supplier in 2018 (down from 61st in 2017), accounting for 0.0789% of US total imports (down from 0.1251% in 2017).

US Exports to Kuwait

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 63.11% of US total exports to Kuwait (69.12% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.75% of US total exports to Kuwait (7.29% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.70% of US total exports to Kuwait (4.52% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 6.62% of US total exports to Kuwait (4.12% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 2.47% of US total exports to Kuwait (2.39% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.13% of US total exports to Kuwait (0.60% in 2017).

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $109.6 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $11.3 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $10.8 million.

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $1,211.2 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 $359.9 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $294.2 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $218.8 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $130.4 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $49.1 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) - a decrease of $23.1 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $15.0 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $13.3 million.
US exports to Kuwait 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 1,808.8 0.06 1,151.557.08
02 Meat and edible meat offal 34,977.9 1.17 35,207.8-0.65
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 369.9 0.01 580.9-36.33
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 11,649.7 0.39 14,214.5-18.04
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 281.0 0.01 45.2521.30
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 88.6 0.00 113.5-21.90
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 5,939.5 0.20 5,929.30.17
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 39,552.3 1.32 30,871.628.12
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,959.0 0.10 2,392.623.68
10 Cereals 3,150.1 0.11 7,374.0-57.28
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 700.6 0.02 536.030.69
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,771.9 0.09 4,671.3-40.66
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2,181.4 0.07 2,390.5-8.75
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 122.6 0.00 8.61,329.24
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 36,665.3 1.22 42,864.9-14.46
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 4,432.7 0.15 3,192.838.84
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 3,930.1 0.13 4,877.2-19.42
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 3,928.3 0.13 3,722.95.52
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 13,986.4 0.47 13,618.82.70
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 19,489.4 0.65 18,675.84.36
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 34,865.5 1.16 35,884.8-2.84
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,332.1 0.04 1,569.5-15.12
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 5,251.7 0.18 3,720.041.18
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 33.9 0.00 73.9-54.18
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,252.9 0.04 1,398.1-10.39
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 72,798.1 2.43 121,875.4-40.27
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 14,372.8 0.48 14,840.1-3.15
29 Organic chemicals 15,193.0 0.51 14,328.96.03
30 Pharmaceutical products 42,630.2 1.42 31,323.136.10
31 Fertilizers 33.8 0.00 18.780.33
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,085.6 0.07 2,767.6-24.64
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 22,744.9 0.76 18,826.720.81
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 11,320.5 0.38 12,447.7-9.06
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 3,364.0 0.11 3,359.60.13
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 16,410.5 0.55 12,411.132.22
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 754.7 0.03 296.4154.63
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 71,746.1 2.40 202,143.1-64.51
39 Plastics and articles thereof 38,518.3 1.29 43,736.0-11.93
40 Rubber and articles thereof 22,737.3 0.76 20,106.313.09
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 409.3 0.01 17.42,247.97
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,294.5 0.08 1,741.531.76
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 19.6 0.00 16.319.88
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,217.0 0.04 4,050.9-69.96
45 Cork and articles of cork 0.0 0.00 6.5-100.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 45.4 0.00 13.0248.93
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,828.6 0.09 1,813.555.98
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,809.5 0.23 5,173.031.64
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 6,029.7 0.20 5,266.414.49
50 Silk 16.6 0.00 13.324.95
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 26.1 0.00 0.0
52 Cotton 31.7 0.00 21.745.84
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 24.6 0.00 0.0
54 Man-made filaments 144.4 0.00 102.441.03
55 Man-made staple fibers 307.5 0.01 262.717.06
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 258.3 0.01 198.829.94
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 2,593.5 0.09 3,334.9-22.23
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 72.8 0.00 57.426.93
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,826.6 0.06 1,658.710.12
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 35.1 0.00 23.052.95
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 7,165.1 0.24 6,660.87.57
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 14,290.2 0.48 13,157.58.61
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,517.5 0.05 2,553.1-40.56
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 1,397.6 0.05 577.5142.01
65 Headgear and parts thereof 3,362.7 0.11 1,165.7188.48
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 113.5 0.00 51.6120.10
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 718.0 0.02 1,096.4-34.51
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,838.4 0.13 3,962.7-3.14
69 Ceramic products 2,221.3 0.07 1,935.314.78
70 Glass and glassware 2,723.9 0.09 3,558.9-23.46
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 12,181.8 0.41 5,087.7139.44
72 Iron and steel 135,831.9 4.54 125,042.58.63
73 Articles of iron or steel 22,161.2 0.74 37,121.6-40.30
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,260.5 0.04 1,137.610.80
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2,195.8 0.07 2,346.6-6.42
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 4,162.5 0.14 5,204.5-20.02
78 Lead and articles thereof 5,818.3 0.19 11,974.3-51.41
79 Zinc and articles thereof 401.4 0.01 535.8-25.09
80 Tin and articles thereof 13.7 0.00 20.8-34.07
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 169.0 0.01 123.037.40
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 21,284.2 0.71 21,660.8-1.74
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4,943.2 0.17 7,502.5-34.11
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 421,716.9 14.08 640,520.0-34.16
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 262,318.8 8.76 622,171.4-57.84
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 658.4 0.02 378.973.75
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 866,538.1 28.94 756,950.914.48
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 128,373.6 4.29 1,339,582.5-90.42
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 3,806.9 0.13 10,472.9-63.65
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 206,288.6 6.89 201,087.72.59
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,685.7 0.06 564.0198.85
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 79.4 0.00 58.635.40
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 72,685.6 2.43 366,836.7-80.19
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 45,349.1 1.51 68,458.7-33.76
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 14,048.8 0.47 12,865.69.20
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,840.1 0.09 3,303.9-14.04
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 13,714.1 0.46 5,270.0160.23
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 114,898.8 3.84 128,164.1-10.35

US Imports from Kuwait

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 90.09% of US total imports from Kuwait (93.87% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.79% of US total imports from Kuwait (2.76% in 2017).

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $46.8 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $12.3 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Kuwait in 2018 over the 2017 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 $967.9 million;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $38.2 million.
US imports from Kuwait 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
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 71.6 0.00 0.0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 32.3 0.00 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 14.8 0.00 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 68.6 0.00 0.0
26 Ores, slag and ash 0.0 0.00 204.7-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,859,791.1 90.09 2,827,711.3-34.23
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 840.7 0.04 178.0372.23
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 3.5-100.00
31 Fertilizers 36,328.1 1.76 74,509.6-51.24
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 5.8 0.00 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 20,053.2 0.97 7,749.3158.78
39 Plastics and articles thereof 317.3 0.02 564.0-43.74
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 4.0-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 16.8 0.00 8.597.50
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 1.1 0.00 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 14.2 0.00 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0.0 0.00 50.6-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 3.2 0.00 0.9252.89
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2.3 0.00 36.5-93.66
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.7 0.00 0.7-2.20
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 9.2 0.00 72.2-87.25
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 40.2 0.00 11.4253.26
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 22.3 0.00 0.0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 59.2 0.00 9.5522.36
65 Headgear and parts thereof 3.9 0.00 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0.6 0.00 0.0
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 24.6 0.00 9.4161.65
72 Iron and steel 0.0 0.00 309.1-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 0.0 0.00 6.6-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 435.0 0.02 1,020.5-57.37
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 466.5 0.02 720.7-35.27
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 247.5 0.01 896.1-72.38
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 231.3 0.01 38.1507.12
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 430.9 0.02 461.0-6.53
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 174.3 0.01 2.86,230.95
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 51.4 0.00 0.0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 3.7-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 33.4 0.00 347.6-90.40
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 144,538.5 7.00 97,763.247.85
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce