US trade with Lebanon in the first half of 2017

Published or Updated: Oct 23, 2017

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

US Trade with Lebanon

In the first half of 2017, US trade with Lebanon totaled $605.9 million, up 3.76% ($21.9 million) from the first half of 2016.

US exports to Lebanon in the first half of 2017 totaled $544.1 million, up 2.74% ($14.5 million) from the first half of 2016.

US imports from Lebanon in the first half of 2017 totaled $61.9 million, up 13.58% ($7.4 million) from the first half of 2016.

US trade surplus with Lebanon in the first half of 2017 was $482.2 million, a 1.50% increase ($7.1 million) over the first half of 2016.

Lebanon was the US 86th largest trading partner in the first half of 2017 (up from 90th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0315% of US total trade (down from 0.0324% in the first half of 2016).

Lebanon was the US 75th largest export market in the first half of 2017 (down from 73rd in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0719% of US total exports (down from 0.0745% in the first half of 2016).

Lebanon was the US 119th largest supplier in the first half of 2017 (down from 117th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0053% of US total imports (up from 0.0050% in the first half of 2016).

US Exports to Lebanon

The major share of US exports to Lebanon 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) - 37.22% of US total exports to Lebanon (42.70% in the first half of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 31.79% of US total exports to Lebanon (23.10% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.55% of US total exports to Lebanon (8.31% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 8.52% of US total exports to Lebanon (10.47% in the first half of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.98% of US total exports to Lebanon (3.99% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.91% of US total exports to Lebanon (2.72% in the first half of 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.28% of US total exports to Lebanon (1.43% in the first half of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Lebanon 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) - an increase of $50.6 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $7.9 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $5.2 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $2.2 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $1.8 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Lebanon 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) - a decrease of $17.4 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $7.4 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $7.2 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $5.0 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $3.5 million;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - a decrease of $2.9 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $2.8 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 $2.4 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $2.2 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $2.1 million.
US exports to Lebanon 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 56.2 0.01 17.6220.34
02 Meat and edible meat offal 1,638.9 0.30 1,694.2-3.26
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 161.6 0.03 158.81.75
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 195.8 0.04 1,322.4-85.20
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 5.6 0.00 0.0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 77.4 0.01 72.66.59
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,125.4 0.39 1,665.427.63
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 12,438.4 2.29 14,625.3-14.95
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 190.4 0.03 158.819.90
10 Cereals 2,937.8 0.54 2,540.915.62
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 91.3 0.02 229.2-60.16
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,823.2 0.34 2,624.8-30.54
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 11.8 0.00 338.1-96.51
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3,307.5 0.61 3,316.3-0.26
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 84.7 0.02 74.014.40
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 825.0 0.15 994.6-17.05
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 882.9 0.16 1,222.8-27.80
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 3,190.6 0.59 3,527.4-9.55
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,366.9 0.25 1,411.9-3.18
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 7,789.3 1.43 8,364.0-6.87
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,200.5 0.22 878.636.64
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 1,703.2 0.31 6,696.8-74.57
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 4,227.6 0.78 3,513.620.32
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 348.4 0.06 240.544.85
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 172,629.3 31.73 122,075.141.41
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 345.0 0.06 115.2199.62
29 Organic chemicals 1,551.1 0.29 2,324.9-33.29
30 Pharmaceutical products 18,531.3 3.41 21,321.0-13.08
31 Fertilizers 1,138.7 0.21 200.5467.85
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,552.0 0.29 959.861.70
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3,006.6 0.55 3,011.5-0.16
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 1,515.5 0.28 881.072.03
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 715.6 0.13 502.342.47
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 107.6 0.02 185.5-41.99
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,470.6 0.45 2,327.26.16
39 Plastics and articles thereof 13,096.8 2.41 10,887.320.29
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,487.7 0.46 1,307.390.29
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 21.6 0.00 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,491.6 0.27 1,889.9-21.08
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 8.1 0.00 9.4-14.22
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,271.4 0.79 3,578.419.37
45 Cork and articles of cork 4.8 0.00 5.7-17.09
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 3.5 0.00 0.0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 3,371.8 0.62 6,227.1-45.85
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,368.5 0.99 7,448.3-27.92
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3,175.3 0.58 3,859.0-17.72
50 Silk 168.0 0.03 163.92.51
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 44.7 0.01 45.7-2.22
52 Cotton 337.8 0.06 341.1-0.97
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 10.9 0.00 5.888.25
54 Man-made filaments 100.0 0.02 62.360.55
55 Man-made staple fibers 570.6 0.10 481.118.60
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 113.6 0.02 96.417.85
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 131.1 0.02 130.30.59
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 11.3 0.00 37.4-69.70
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 259.6 0.05 133.993.94
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 7.4 0.00 31.4-76.43
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,811.3 0.33 2,414.2-24.97
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,719.3 0.50 3,402.1-20.07
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6,884.1 1.27 5,056.536.14
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2,555.4 0.47 1,843.238.64
65 Headgear and parts thereof 60.0 0.01 70.2-14.43
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 5.5 0.00 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 56.1 0.01 94.3-40.49
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 330.2 0.06 168.496.05
69 Ceramic products 62.2 0.01 87.9-29.29
70 Glass and glassware 173.2 0.03 287.6-39.79
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 6,942.1 1.28 7,561.8-8.19
72 Iron and steel 16.8 0.00 18.0-6.46
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,801.7 0.33 759.4137.27
74 Copper and articles thereof 55.3 0.01 106.0-47.83
75 Nickel and articles thereof 50.6 0.01 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 686.9 0.13 1,618.5-57.56
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 27.3 0.01 9.9175.34
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 468.4 0.09 653.3-28.30
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 978.4 0.18 392.6149.22
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 33,964.4 6.24 41,374.3-17.91
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 10,397.4 1.91 12,823.0-18.92
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 4.5 0.00 37.4-87.99
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 138,622.1 25.48 130,770.36.00
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 2,562.7 0.47 19,996.0-87.18
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 966.8 0.18 1,592.8-39.30
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 16,007.7 2.94 19,512.9-17.96
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 157.0 0.03 115.935.48
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 83.1 0.02 58.641.86
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 1,772.8 0.33 8,934.2-80.16
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 3,730.7 0.69 4,654.3-19.84
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 3,201.9 0.59 2,901.210.37
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 211.9 0.04 538.2-60.64
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 9,317.1 1.71 4,070.9128.87

US Imports from Lebanon

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

  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 34.45% of US total imports from Lebanon (31.42% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 32.42% of US total imports from Lebanon (35.74% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 6.09% of US total imports from Lebanon (7.34% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.01% of US total imports from Lebanon (3.55% in the first half of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.49% of US total imports from Lebanon (3.12% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.75% of US total imports from Lebanon (1.27% in the first half of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.86% of US total imports from Lebanon (1.16% in the first half of 2016).

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

  • 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 $4.2 million;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $0.9 million;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $0.6 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $0.5 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $0.2 million;
  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof (HS code 91) - an increase of $0.2 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $0.2 million.

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

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $0.6 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $0.3 million;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - a decrease of $0.3 million;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - a decrease of $0.3 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $0.2 million.
US imports from Lebanon 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
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 30.9 0.05 25.521.05
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 16.0 0.03 11.341.38
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2.3 0.00 4.8-51.58
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 134.9 0.22 11.31,097.01
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,644.4 2.66 1,805.3-8.91
10 Cereals 7.8 0.01 330.2-97.62
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 21.4 0.03 7.7177.42
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 208.4 0.34 197.05.78
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 9.4 0.02 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3,316.3 5.36 3,883.8-14.61
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,416.5 2.29 1,392.61.71
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 278.1 0.45 217.128.11
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 685.5 1.11 620.010.57
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 8,204.8 13.26 7,924.23.54
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 477.9 0.77 368.529.69
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 3,600.4 5.82 2,671.834.76
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 8.7 0.01 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 4.3 0.01 11.0-60.76
29 Organic chemicals 4.1 0.01 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,384.0 2.24 777.378.06
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,002.5 1.62 579.872.89
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 42.8 0.07 98.7-56.60
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 322.4 0.52 84.5281.45
39 Plastics and articles thereof 343.5 0.56 395.5-13.15
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 6.2-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 132.7 0.21 240.3-44.78
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 22.5 0.04 178.8-87.43
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0.0 0.00 2.0-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 72.7 0.12 83.4-12.78
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 439.4 0.71 367.619.54
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 294.0-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 49.4 0.08 27.878.11
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 269.7-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 126.7 0.20 103.222.79
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 35.0 0.06 93.3-62.44
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 112.1 0.18 102.39.60
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 6.9-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 14.5 0.02 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 162.2 0.26 366.6-55.75
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 3,244.4 5.24 2,709.419.74
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 12.0 0.02 5.7109.10
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 7.1 0.01 11.2-36.66
65 Headgear and parts thereof 2.0 0.00 0.7174.79
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 2.9 0.00 7.4-61.52
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,214.3 1.96 1,169.13.86
69 Ceramic products 27.4 0.04 15.280.29
70 Glass and glassware 98.9 0.16 68.544.25
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 21,319.2 34.45 17,117.524.55
73 Articles of iron or steel 502.4 0.81 85.0491.30
74 Copper and articles thereof 2.1 0.00 132.8-98.46
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 111.9 0.18 99.912.03
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 464.8 0.75 373.424.47
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,803.1 2.91 1,389.729.75
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 94.1 0.15 216.0-56.44
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 9.5 0.02 27.0-64.76
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 254.5 0.41 65.2290.33
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 219.9 0.36 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 546.0 0.88 509.07.26
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 7.1 0.01 34.2-79.24
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 23.9 0.04 148.4-83.87
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,718.4 2.78 1,550.810.81
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce