US trade (export - import) with Lesotho in 2016

Published or Updated: May 03, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Lesotho in 2016: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Lesotho

In 2016, US trade with Lesotho was $321.9 million, down 6.70% ($23.1 million) from 2015.

US exports to Lesotho in 2016 totaled $2.1 million, up 136.73% ($1.2 million) from 2015.

US imports from Lesotho in 2016 were $319.8 million, down 7.07% ($24.3 million) from 2015.

US trade deficit with Lesotho in 2016 was $317.7 million, a 7.44% decrease ($25.5 million) over 2015.

Lesotho was the US 126th largest trading partner in 2016 (down from 124th in 2015), accounting for 0.0087% of US total trade (down from 0.0091% in 2015).

Lesotho was the US 203rd largest export market in 2016 (up from 213th in 2015), accounting for 0.0001% of US total exports (just as in 2015).

Lesotho was the US 99th largest supplier in 2016 (down from 94th in 2015), accounting for 0.0142% of US total imports (down from 0.0149% in 2015).

US Exports to Lesotho

The major share of US exports to Lesotho in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 34.32% of US total exports to Lesotho (49.80% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 32.49% of US total exports to Lesotho (2.72% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 19.04% of US total exports to Lesotho (4.13% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.48% of US total exports to Lesotho (0.00% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.35% of US total exports to Lesotho (1.03% in 2015).

The largest gains in US exports to Lesotho in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $458.6 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $219.6 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $175.1 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $174.3 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $163.3 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $121.2 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $38.6 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $35.1 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $31.0 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $27.3 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $19.1 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $15.7 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Lesotho in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $127.6 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 $102.5 thousand;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - a decrease of $23.6 thousand;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $14.0 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $10.0 thousand.
US exports to Lesotho in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 0.0 0.00 14.0-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 458.6 21.97 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 10.0-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 219.6 10.52 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 210.7 10.09 36.4479.01
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3.1 0.15 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 35.1 1.68 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 121.2 5.81 0.0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 27.3 1.31 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2.6 0.13 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 15.7 0.75 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 28.2 1.35 9.0211.61
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 31.0 1.48 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 423.8 20.30 248.770.41
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 55.3 2.65 157.8-64.94
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 38.6 1.85 0.0
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 17.7 0.85 15.017.90
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 180.9 8.67 17.6925.41
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 0.0 0.00 4.0-100.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 23.6-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 218.2 10.45 345.7-36.90

US Imports from Lesotho

The major share of US imports from Lesotho in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 95.32% of US total imports from Lesotho (90.20% in 2015);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 4.19% of US total imports from Lesotho (9.50% in 2015).

The largest gains in US imports from Lesotho in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • No product groups with a substantial increase.

The largest declines in US imports from Lesotho in 2016 over the 2015 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) - a decrease of $19,315.2 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $3,221.9 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $2,354.5 thousand.
US imports from Lesotho in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2015
USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 12.6 0.00 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 349.8 0.11 161.8116.13
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2.7 0.00 4.8-42.72
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 207,441.2 64.86 210,663.1-1.53
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 97,393.0 30.45 99,747.5-2.36
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 4.6-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 13,387.1 4.19 32,702.3-59.06
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 4.6 0.00 0.0
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 792.2 0.25 443.278.73
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 123.2-100.00
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 0.0 0.00 0.4-100.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 4.1-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 7.8 0.00 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 421.7 0.13 281.549.80
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce