US trade (export - import) with Lebanon in 2018

Published or Updated: Jun 11, 2019

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

US Trade with Lebanon

In 2018, US trade with Lebanon totaled $1,417.6 million, up 2.73% ($37.7 million) from 2017.

US exports to Lebanon in 2018 totaled $1,305.6 million, up 4.57% ($57.1 million) from 2017.

US imports from Lebanon in 2018 were $112.0 million, down 14.77% ($19.4 million) from 2017.

US trade surplus with Lebanon in 2018 was $1,193.6 million, a 6.84% increase ($76.5 million) over 2017.

Lebanon was the US 86th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 85th in 2017), accounting for 0.0331% of US total trade (down from 0.0349% in 2017).

Lebanon was the US 75th largest export market in 2018 (down from 70th in 2017), accounting for 0.0784% of US total exports (down from 0.0808% in 2017).

Lebanon was the US 120th largest supplier in 2018 (down from 117th in 2017), accounting for 0.0043% of US total imports (down from 0.0055% in 2017).

US Exports to Lebanon

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 38.36% of US total exports to Lebanon (38.94% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 33.03% of US total exports to Lebanon (32.29% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 10.05% of US total exports to Lebanon (8.44% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.05% of US total exports to Lebanon (7.42% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.88% of US total exports to Lebanon (3.27% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.83% of US total exports to Lebanon (2.49% in 2017).

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $33.9 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $28.0 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $24.1 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 $14.1 million;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $6.6 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $6.0 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $4.4 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Lebanon 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) - a decrease of $20.5 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $13.3 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $4.9 million.
US exports to Lebanon 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 147.2 0.01 186.1-20.90
02 Meat and edible meat offal 3,689.3 0.28 4,883.4-24.45
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,468.3 0.11 1,296.313.27
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 863.5 0.07 1,605.7-46.22
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 9.8-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 144.2 0.01 269.4-46.48
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,334.4 0.18 4,438.6-47.41
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 30,183.6 2.31 31,112.4-2.99
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 275.9 0.02 386.9-28.70
10 Cereals 7,898.0 0.60 7,679.52.84
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 208.6 0.02 200.44.10
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 29,212.5 2.24 5,065.4476.71
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 145.1 0.01 25.3472.76
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 6,313.3 0.48 6,911.8-8.66
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 98.5 0.01 97.31.19
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,538.3 0.12 1,594.7-3.54
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,284.4 0.17 1,640.639.24
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 5,487.5 0.42 5,575.9-1.59
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 2,902.3 0.22 3,223.7-9.97
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 16,351.7 1.25 17,166.4-4.75
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,870.2 0.22 3,203.9-10.42
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 4,688.9 0.36 3,295.442.28
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 12,089.9 0.93 5,500.2119.81
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 602.3 0.05 625.9-3.76
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 430,572.8 32.98 402,579.56.95
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 361.7 0.03 1,098.1-67.06
29 Organic chemicals 4,886.5 0.37 4,435.610.17
30 Pharmaceutical products 42,653.1 3.27 38,255.111.50
31 Fertilizers 303.6 0.02 1,614.0-81.19
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,974.9 0.15 2,633.8-25.02
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 6,837.1 0.52 6,825.10.18
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 2,512.4 0.19 3,045.7-17.51
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,581.1 0.12 1,220.729.53
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 131.3 0.01 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 245.2 0.02 192.927.12
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3,665.9 0.28 7,146.7-48.71
39 Plastics and articles thereof 22,397.7 1.72 22,220.80.80
40 Rubber and articles thereof 4,461.4 0.34 3,950.812.93
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 14.4 0.00 57.6-75.02
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 983.8 0.08 2,102.1-53.20
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0.0 0.00 73.8-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 9,710.2 0.74 10,131.6-4.16
45 Cork and articles of cork 5.3 0.00 7.4-28.53
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 7.0 0.00 3.5102.95
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 12,103.6 0.93 10,521.215.04
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 10,469.2 0.80 12,817.8-18.32
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5,304.7 0.41 7,326.9-27.60
50 Silk 41.7 0.00 317.5-86.85
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 45.7 0.00 109.4-58.23
52 Cotton 167.4 0.01 391.6-57.27
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 3.9 0.00 10.9-64.60
54 Man-made filaments 583.7 0.04 349.766.92
55 Man-made staple fibers 153.5 0.01 617.6-75.15
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 103.8 0.01 188.6-44.96
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 124.8 0.01 323.7-61.43
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 159.1 0.01 82.991.75
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 239.1 0.02 435.9-45.14
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 111.6 0.01 19.3477.23
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 4,593.9 0.35 3,705.623.97
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 5,968.8 0.46 5,341.911.73
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 20,771.4 1.59 14,801.540.33
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,543.2 0.27 4,193.0-15.50
65 Headgear and parts thereof 128.4 0.01 105.721.48
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 5.5-100.00
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 157.2 0.01 129.421.52
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 388.8 0.03 561.6-30.77
69 Ceramic products 180.2 0.01 143.825.34
70 Glass and glassware 379.9 0.03 342.810.81
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 8,517.7 0.65 9,030.6-5.68
72 Iron and steel 515.6 0.04 90.3470.71
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,301.9 0.18 3,863.6-40.42
74 Copper and articles thereof 288.9 0.02 361.1-20.01
75 Nickel and articles thereof 8.4 0.00 58.1-85.54
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 712.8 0.05 1,166.1-38.87
78 Lead and articles thereof 7.3 0.00 0.0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 9.2-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0.0 0.00 34.4-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,360.6 0.10 823.665.21
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,116.0 0.09 1,420.5-21.43
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 56,097.3 4.30 69,417.7-19.19
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 34,272.1 2.63 20,201.069.66
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 1,430.3 0.11 4.531,705.40
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 287,031.1 21.98 307,531.8-6.67
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 89,129.9 6.83 55,182.561.52
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,681.6 0.21 1,459.083.80
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 30,203.2 2.31 32,382.0-6.73
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 167.1 0.01 265.2-36.98
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 120.3 0.01 118.61.43
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 8,918.7 0.68 9,081.4-1.79
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 4,399.2 0.34 6,541.0-32.74
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 7,037.6 0.54 9,418.4-25.28
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 683.0 0.05 534.327.84
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 12,607.0 0.97 17,506.2-27.99
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 25,161.8 1.93 25,606.0-1.73

US Imports from Lebanon

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 36.21% of US total imports from Lebanon (29.19% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 30.10% of US total imports from Lebanon (31.41% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 5.62% of US total imports from Lebanon (5.31% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 4.28% of US total imports from Lebanon (3.43% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.19% of US total imports from Lebanon (4.49% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.63% of US total imports from Lebanon (1.39% in 2017).

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

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $1.5 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 $1.2 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $0.9 million;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $0.8 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $0.7 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $0.4 million.

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $14.5 million;
  • 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 $7.6 million;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $1.4 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $1.0 million;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $0.6 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $0.4 million.
US imports from Lebanon 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 5.5 0.00 0.0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 100.7 0.09 35.6182.72
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 16.0-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 24.8 0.02 2.3979.10
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 241.2 0.22 203.618.49
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 3,329.6 2.97 2,924.513.85
10 Cereals 105.6 0.09 26.8294.19
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 14.1 0.01 34.0-58.58
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 623.1 0.56 435.543.08
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 24.8 0.02 9.4162.94
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 7,124.4 6.36 6,384.611.59
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,822.8 2.52 3,001.0-5.94
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 908.3 0.81 711.127.74
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 1,205.3 1.08 1,113.78.22
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 16,663.9 14.88 16,913.4-1.47
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 862.1 0.77 772.311.62
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 6,477.5 5.78 5,674.214.16
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 15.4 0.01 101.6-84.84
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2.7 0.00 10.2-73.30
29 Organic chemicals 19.5 0.02 14.832.01
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,026.7 0.92 2,404.0-57.29
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3,091.1 2.76 2,213.539.65
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 88.1 0.08 134.8-34.63
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 100.2 0.09 499.7-79.96
39 Plastics and articles thereof 303.6 0.27 634.7-52.16
40 Rubber and articles thereof 65.0 0.06 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 301.0 0.27 292.42.92
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 8.4 0.01 6.040.62
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 194.9 0.17 119.463.23
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 5.7 0.01 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 249.5 0.22 209.718.99
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 605.5 0.54 763.6-20.70
50 Silk 14.9 0.01 10.344.80
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 3.4 0.00 0.0
54 Man-made filaments 53.3 0.05 59.3-10.02
55 Man-made staple fibers 5.4 0.00 0.6817.86
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 268.0 0.24 238.612.33
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 251.4 0.22 101.0148.91
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 128.0 0.11 163.2-21.58
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 28.1 0.03 0.0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 41.8 0.04 22.089.76
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 392.3 0.35 328.419.44
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 5,014.8 4.48 5,994.1-16.34
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 46.0 0.04 29.357.07
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 19.8 0.02 7.5164.78
65 Headgear and parts thereof 8.0 0.01 5.350.68
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 1.4-100.00
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 16.9 0.02 12.436.47
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,223.4 1.99 2,848.6-21.95
69 Ceramic products 36.7 0.03 33.210.60
70 Glass and glassware 160.5 0.14 119.833.95
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 33,707.5 30.10 41,266.3-18.32
73 Articles of iron or steel 417.5 0.37 627.0-33.42
74 Copper and articles thereof 139.3 0.12 6.52,029.17
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 153.9 0.14 126.321.86
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 5.4 0.00 0.0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,104.6 0.99 1,062.23.99
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,902.1 3.48 3,789.42.97
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 450.8 0.40 351.028.42
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 74.6 0.07 9.5685.48
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 370.7 0.33 355.34.34
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 32.0 0.03 219.9-85.46
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 4.1 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 2,000.9 1.79 806.8148.02
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 27.0 0.02 40.7-33.65
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 321.9 0.29 110.3191.78
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 4,794.7 4.28 3,328.044.07
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 9,159.8 8.18 23,658.9-61.28
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce