US trade (export - import) with Lesotho in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 14, 2019

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

US Trade with Lesotho

In 2018, US trade with Lesotho totaled $432.6 million, up 35.62% ($113.6 million) from 2017.

US exports to Lesotho in 2018 totaled $2.3 million, up 21.58% ($0.4 million) from 2017.

US imports from Lesotho in 2018 totaled $430.2 million, up 35.71% ($113.2 million) from 2017.

US trade deficit with Lesotho in 2018 was $427.9 million, a 35.79% increase ($112.8 million) over 2017.

Lesotho was the US 129th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 128th in 2017), accounting for 0.0101% of US total trade (up from 0.0081% in 2017).

Lesotho was the US 205th largest export market in 2018 (up from 207th in 2017), accounting for 0.0001% of US total exports (just as in 2017).

Lesotho was the US 100th largest supplier in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 0.0164% of US total imports (up from 0.0132% in 2017).

US Exports to Lesotho

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 89.28% of US total exports to Lesotho (47.47% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.77% of US total exports to Lesotho (38.06% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.84% of US total exports to Lesotho (0.49% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.22% of US total exports to Lesotho (0.15% in 2017).

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

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1.0 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $0.4 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 $0.1 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $0.1 million;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $0.0 million.

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $0.7 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $0.3 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $0.1 million;
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - a decrease of $0.0 million;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $0.0 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $0.0 million.
US exports to Lesotho 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
(%)
30 Pharmaceutical products 0.0 0.00 704.6-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 64.0 2.77 4.51,330.11
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 14.7-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 28.2 1.22 2.8919.61
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0.0 0.00 9.3-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 42.4 1.84 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 0.0 0.00 4.5-100.00
74 Copper and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 6.5-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 2.9 0.12 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 455.7 19.71 100.9351.52
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 208.0 9.00 135.253.86
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 41.2 1.78 5.2691.65
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 18.4 0.79 343.4-94.65
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,341.0 58.00 318.0321.68
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 18.5-100.00
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 2.6 0.11 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 107.6 4.66 233.6-53.91

US Imports from Lesotho

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 76.47% of US total imports from Lesotho (94.26% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 22.89% of US total imports from Lesotho (5.03% in 2017).

The largest gains in US imports from Lesotho in 2018 over 2017 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 $82.5 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $22.4 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $7.8 million.

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

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
US imports from Lesotho 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
(%)
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 35.8 0.01 54.0-33.79
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 89.3 0.02 79.112.94
39 Plastics and articles thereof 212.5 0.05 422.3-49.69
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 5.3-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 218,477.8 50.78 196,121.411.40
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 110,552.9 25.70 102,733.37.61
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 98,490.2 22.89 15,942.2517.79
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0.0 0.00 76.4-100.00
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 1,943.7 0.45 1,139.770.54
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 29.9 0.01 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 6.6 0.00 0.0
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 4.9 0.00 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 10.0 0.00 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 393.3 0.09 471.3-16.55
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Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce