US trade with Kuwait in the first half of 2017

Published or Updated: Oct 26, 2017

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

US Trade with Kuwait

In the first half of 2017, US trade with Kuwait totaled $4.4 billion, up 51.67% ($1.5 billion) from the first half of 2016.

US exports to Kuwait in the first half of 2017 totaled $2.8 billion, up 113.37% ($1.5 billion) from the first half of 2016.

US imports from Kuwait in the first half of 2017 totaled $1.6 billion, up 0.02% ($0.0 billion) from the first half of 2016.

US trade balance with Kuwait went from a deficit of $0.3 billion in the first half of 2016, to a surplus of $1.2 billion in the first half of 2017.

Kuwait was the US 48th largest trading partner in the first half of 2017 (up from 56th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.2301% of US total trade (up from 0.1621% in the first half of 2016).

Kuwait was the US 39th largest export market in the first half of 2017 (up from 51st in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.3749% of US total exports (up from 0.1871% in the first half of 2016).

Kuwait was the US 59th largest supplier in the first half of 2017 (down from 57th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.1362% of US total imports (down from 0.1459% in the first half of 2016).

US Exports to Kuwait

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 70.47% of US total exports to Kuwait (62.14% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.05% of US total exports to Kuwait (8.43% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 4.19% of US total exports to Kuwait (8.75% in the first half of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 3.66% of US total exports to Kuwait (1.06% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.55% of US total exports to Kuwait (7.74% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.55% of US total exports to Kuwait (1.30% in the first half of 2016).

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $882.9 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $205.6 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $197.8 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $89.4 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $68.6 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $38.6 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $24.1 million;
  • Lead and articles thereof (HS code 78) - an increase of $11.6 million.

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

  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $14.1 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $8.9 million.
US exports to Kuwait in the first half of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in first-half 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in first-half 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in first-half 2017
over first-half 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 573.7 0.02 562.22.04
02 Meat and edible meat offal 16,448.0 0.58 13,817.319.04
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 208.3 0.01 1,461.7-85.75
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 6,115.6 0.22 5,029.621.59
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 37.9 0.00 106.1-64.26
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 18.9 0.00 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 3,117.2 0.11 3,008.53.61
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 15,283.5 0.54 17,401.5-12.17
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,015.2 0.04 991.42.41
10 Cereals 6,710.9 0.24 1,284.6422.41
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 339.0 0.01 283.719.50
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,049.8 0.11 3,549.8-14.08
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 924.1 0.03 68.01,259.70
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 5.4 0.00 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 22,076.2 0.78 21,065.64.80
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,457.8 0.05 1,059.137.65
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,010.4 0.07 2,314.1-13.12
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,921.0 0.07 2,733.0-29.71
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 7,615.8 0.27 7,292.04.44
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 8,358.6 0.29 8,939.2-6.49
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 18,932.2 0.67 23,041.0-17.83
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 689.1 0.02 821.8-16.15
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 1,923.9 0.07 1,544.024.61
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 40.8 0.00 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 634.4 0.02 444.842.63
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 103,133.0 3.63 13,709.0652.30
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 6,498.2 0.23 7,735.3-15.99
29 Organic chemicals 7,841.3 0.28 6,356.323.36
30 Pharmaceutical products 15,151.7 0.53 19,181.7-21.01
31 Fertilizers 18.7 0.00 352.1-94.68
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,320.6 0.05 1,796.3-26.48
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 8,226.4 0.29 11,403.0-27.86
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 6,487.5 0.23 4,423.946.65
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,416.0 0.05 1,591.9-11.05
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 7,372.0 0.26 5,382.236.97
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 164.9 0.01 189.8-13.12
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 51,328.2 1.81 27,220.488.57
39 Plastics and articles thereof 26,524.5 0.93 18,034.847.07
40 Rubber and articles thereof 10,947.6 0.39 8,446.629.61
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 17.4 0.00 10.074.12
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,052.5 0.04 1,096.2-3.99
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 13.8 0.00 3.0359.63
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,177.2 0.04 1,832.2-35.75
45 Cork and articles of cork 6.5 0.00 42.0-84.61
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 981.2 0.03 1,197.5-18.07
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,248.7 0.08 3,197.2-29.67
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,915.3 0.07 3,212.5-40.38
50 Silk 4.5 0.00 21.5-78.87
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 14.6-100.00
52 Cotton 11.1 0.00 32.3-65.64
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0.0 0.00 8.5-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 24.3 0.00 83.1-70.75
55 Man-made staple fibers 131.5 0.00 344.1-61.78
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 90.1 0.00 180.5-50.11
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 2,326.5 0.08 2,152.48.09
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 19.1 0.00 400.6-95.23
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 949.0 0.03 560.269.40
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 15.6 0.00 33.9-53.86
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,873.0 0.10 2,960.1-2.94
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 6,786.1 0.24 8,319.8-18.43
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 744.1 0.03 837.1-11.11
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 400.1 0.01 801.5-50.08
65 Headgear and parts thereof 490.7 0.02 162.0202.89
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 33.1 0.00 37.4-11.72
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 736.3 0.03 337.4118.25
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,895.9 0.07 2,941.7-35.55
69 Ceramic products 487.2 0.02 397.222.66
70 Glass and glassware 2,592.5 0.09 4,685.1-44.66
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 3,149.2 0.11 3,649.1-13.70
72 Iron and steel 48,111.9 1.70 57,043.1-15.66
73 Articles of iron or steel 20,621.2 0.73 21,881.7-5.76
74 Copper and articles thereof 528.2 0.02 445.418.60
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,125.8 0.04 545.1106.53
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,234.9 0.08 10,136.1-77.95
78 Lead and articles thereof 11,634.8 0.41 5.1229,654.56
79 Zinc and articles thereof 369.6 0.01 61.9497.30
80 Tin and articles thereof 3.2 0.00 4.2-24.22
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 40.2 0.00 118.1-65.99
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 12,003.9 0.42 10,285.416.71
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4,208.2 0.15 2,431.373.08
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 386,310.5 13.61 188,479.6104.96
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 145,032.3 5.11 145,640.8-0.42
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 275.6 0.01 138.299.44
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 379,466.0 13.37 310,875.722.06
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 975,872.5 34.38 92,996.6949.36
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 8,304.2 0.29 22,375.2-62.89
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 104,784.2 3.69 66,141.258.42
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 273.1 0.01 425.5-35.83
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 10.1 0.00 34.2-70.61
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 241,970.5 8.53 36,366.8565.36
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 28,221.4 0.99 25,440.010.93
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,876.3 0.24 6,182.211.23
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,530.1 0.05 1,375.911.21
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,248.6 0.04 2,006.7-37.78

US Imports from Kuwait

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 92.90% of US total imports from Kuwait (93.53% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.30% of US total imports from Kuwait (4.49% in the first half of 2016).

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

  • No product groups with a substantial increase.

The largest declines in US imports from Kuwait in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 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 $9.9 million.
US imports from Kuwait in the first half of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in first-half 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in first-half 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in first-half 2017
over first-half 2016
(%)
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 1,476,528.2 92.89 1,486,439.3-0.67
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0.0 0.00 258.0-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 1,993.9-100.00
31 Fertilizers 68,108.9 4.28 66,822.01.93
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 0.0 0.00 608.7-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 276.5 0.02 1,029.2-73.14
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3.7 0.00 16.4-77.29
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 30.4-72.00
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 8.0 0.00 28.1-71.37
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 2.0 0.00 2.1-6.19
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 10.4-100.00
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 0.0
72 Iron and steel 309.1 0.02 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 6.6 0.00 17.1-61.31
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 874.5 0.06 120.2627.82
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0.0 0.00 5.7-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 10.0-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 306.7 0.02 289.85.84
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 771.9 0.05 650.618.64
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 3.1-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 417.6 0.03 79.7424.20
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 1.1 0.00 64.0-98.24
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 8.2-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 4.3-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 299.5 0.02 5.85,067.67
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce