US trade (export - import) with Laos in 2018

Published or Updated: Jun 17, 2019

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

US Trade with Laos

In 2018, US trade with Laos totaled $160.9 million, up 29.36% ($36.5 million) from 2017.

US exports to Laos in 2018 were $14.7 million, down 42.63% ($10.9 million) from 2017.

US imports from Laos in 2018 totaled $146.2 million, up 48.07% ($47.5 million) from 2017.

US trade deficit with Laos in 2018 was $131.5 million, a 79.94% increase ($58.4 million) over 2017.

Laos was the US 150th largest trading partner in 2018 (up from 159th in 2017), accounting for 0.0038% of US total trade (up from 0.0031% in 2017).

Laos was the US 187th largest export market in 2018 (down from 177th in 2017), accounting for 0.0009% of US total exports (down from 0.0017% in 2017).

Laos was the US 115th largest supplier in 2018 (up from 122nd in 2017), accounting for 0.0056% of US total imports (up from 0.0041% in 2017).

US Exports to Laos

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 52.65% of US total exports to Laos (58.02% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 16.40% of US total exports to Laos (22.17% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 13.75% of US total exports to Laos (5.01% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.07% of US total exports to Laos (6.81% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.73% of US total exports to Laos (2.61% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.33% of US total exports to Laos (1.12% in 2017).

The largest gains in US exports to Laos 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 $1,652.6 thousand;
  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts (HS code 13) - an increase of $393.7 thousand;
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (HS code 35) - an increase of $356.1 thousand;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $297.0 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $160.0 thousand;
  • Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use (HS code 59) - an increase of $100.5 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $89.5 thousand;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $84.9 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $82.9 thousand;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - an increase of $74.0 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $67.2 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $44.9 thousand.

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $8,704.5 thousand;
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - a decrease of $3,277.1 thousand;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - a decrease of $415.9 thousand;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - a decrease of $308.7 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $260.3 thousand;
  • 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 $246.0 thousand;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $215.4 thousand;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - a decrease of $167.5 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $157.4 thousand;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $128.6 thousand;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $120.9 thousand;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - a decrease of $118.3 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $66.1 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $55.6 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - a decrease of $48.8 thousand.
US exports to Laos 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
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 130.5 0.89 112.915.56
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 5.2 0.04 0.0
10 Cereals 610.4 4.14 450.435.52
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 393.7 2.67 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 181.3 1.23 218.4-17.02
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 212.2 1.44 167.326.85
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 121.0 0.82 336.5-64.03
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 74.0 0.50 0.0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 297.0 2.02 0.0
26 Ores, slag and ash 0.0 0.00 3.1-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 0.0 0.00 2.6-100.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 84.9 0.58 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 128.6-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 11.7 0.08 28.7-59.38
31 Fertilizers 0.0 0.00 25.6-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 19.9 0.13 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 40.9 0.28 301.2-86.41
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 16.5-100.00
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 436.7 2.97 80.6441.73
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 215.5 1.46 132.662.50
39 Plastics and articles thereof 810.3 5.50 967.8-16.27
40 Rubber and articles thereof 10.9 0.07 66.5-83.63
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 4.3 0.03 3.042.47
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 8.0 0.05 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 25.8 0.18 18.043.32
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 118.3-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 415.9-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 202.6 1.38 102.298.37
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 18.0 0.12 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 33.7 0.23 5.9476.65
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0.0 0.00 8.6-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 18.8-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 15.7 0.11 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 2.9 0.02 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 2,414.9 16.40 5,692.0-57.57
73 Articles of iron or steel 10.8 0.07 29.1-62.94
75 Nickel and articles thereof 3.3 0.02 6.7-51.09
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0.0 0.00 167.5-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 30.3 0.21 30.5-0.54
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4.4 0.03 53.2-91.66
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,633.8 11.09 10,338.3-84.20
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 310.2 2.11 556.2-44.23
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,193.7 28.47 2,541.265.03
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 650.0 4.41 560.515.97
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 3.2 0.02 3.05.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 963.6 6.54 896.47.50
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 120.9-100.00
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 21.5 0.15 37.3-42.37
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 174.7 1.19 483.4-63.86
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 12.1-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 347.5 2.36 413.6-15.98

US Imports from Laos

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 62.03% of US total imports from Laos (59.96% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 9.24% of US total imports from Laos (11.99% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 8.45% of US total imports from Laos (11.86% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 8.06% of US total imports from Laos (6.84% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 6.84% of US total imports from Laos (3.94% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 3.07% of US total imports from Laos (3.33% in 2017).

The largest gains in US imports from Laos in 2018 over 2017 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) - an increase of $26,424.2 thousand;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $4,695.5 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $4,534.7 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $3,563.4 thousand;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - an increase of $2,113.6 thousand;
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - an increase of $1,661.1 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1,550.0 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $1,509.9 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $1,312.3 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $1,021.7 thousand;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - an increase of $482.9 thousand.

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $1,317.7 thousand.
US imports from Laos 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 134.9 0.09 450.6-70.05
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 3,762.3 2.57 2,450.153.56
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 17.3-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 35.4 0.02 120.8-70.71
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 54.3 0.04 36.050.92
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 40.5 0.03 0.0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 229.4 0.16 214.27.11
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 227.9 0.16 0.0
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 6,510.2 4.45 1,814.7258.74
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0.0 0.00 6.8-100.00
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 29.1 0.02 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2,721.4 1.86 1,699.760.11
40 Rubber and articles thereof 746.5 0.51 367.8102.96
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 66.9 0.05 59.113.09
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 83.0 0.06 200.6-58.61
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 4.3 0.00 5.2-17.30
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5.1 0.00 2.974.05
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0.0 0.00 5.1-100.00
50 Silk 53.3 0.04 57.2-6.74
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 0.6-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 63.6 0.04 75.8-16.14
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 9.8-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 34.8-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 5,338.1 3.65 5,430.2-1.70
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,858.1 1.27 3,175.8-41.49
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2.2 0.00 7.4-70.83
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 5,032.8 3.44 2,919.172.41
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1.8 0.00 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 13,503.5 9.24 11,842.314.03
73 Articles of iron or steel 11,280.7 7.72 6,746.067.22
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 489.5 0.33 6.77,223.98
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7.0 0.00 3.5102.64
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,804.3 2.60 240.91,479.07
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 82,648.3 56.53 56,224.147.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 11.8 0.01 66.2-82.13
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 4,224.5 2.89 2,674.557.96
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 2.6 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 75.4 0.05 82.6-8.77
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 37.2 0.03 40.5-8.16
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 27.5 0.02 63.7-56.86
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,093.9 2.12 1,584.095.32
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce