US trade with Lesotho in the first half of 2017

Published or Updated: Oct 23, 2017

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

US Trade with Lesotho

In the first half of 2017, US trade with Lesotho was $138.0 million, down 2.96% ($4.2 million) from the first half of 2016.

US exports to Lesotho in the first half of 2017 totaled $0.7 million, up 115.97% ($0.4 million) from the first half of 2016.

US imports from Lesotho in the first half of 2017 were $137.3 million, down 3.24% ($4.6 million) from the first half of 2016.

US trade deficit with Lesotho in the first half of 2017 was $136.6 million, a 3.52% decrease ($5.0 million) over the first half of 2016.

Lesotho was the US 132nd largest trading partner in the first half of 2017 (down from 126th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0072% of US total trade (down from 0.0079% in the first half of 2016).

Lesotho was the US 209th largest export market in the first half of 2017 (up from 212th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0001% of US total exports (up from 0.0000% in the first half of 2016).

Lesotho was the US 101st largest supplier in the first half of 2017 (just as in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0118% of US total imports (down from 0.0130% in the first half of 2016).

US Exports to Lesotho

The major share of US exports to Lesotho 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) - 57.74% of US total exports to Lesotho (39.39% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 21.49% of US total exports to Lesotho (36.03% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.29% of US total exports to Lesotho (0.00% in the first half of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Lesotho 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) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $0.1 million;
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $0.0 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Lesotho in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 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 $0.0 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $0.0 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 $0.0 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $0.0 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $0.0 million.
US exports to Lesotho 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
(%)
30 Pharmaceutical products 150.0 20.86 85.775.05
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0.0 0.00 3.1-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0.0 0.00 31.1-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 4.5 0.62 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9.3 1.29 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 4.5 0.63 0.0
74 Copper and articles thereof 6.5 0.90 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 73.3 10.19 57.826.71
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 0.0 0.00 12.9-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2.5 0.35 38.6-93.45
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 339.4 47.20 13.82,357.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 8.1-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 18.5 2.57 0.0

US Imports from Lesotho

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 94.80% of US total imports from Lesotho (96.10% in the first half of 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 4.41% of US total imports from Lesotho (3.40% in the first half of 2016).

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $3.0 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) - an increase of $1.2 million.

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $9.2 million.
US imports from Lesotho 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
(%)
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 33.9 0.02 12.6168.52
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 15.3 0.01 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 153.2 0.11 144.06.36
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 81,108.7 59.08 90,294.2-10.17
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 49,027.4 35.71 46,045.66.48
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 6,047.9 4.41 4,823.025.40
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0.0 0.00 2.6-100.00
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 644.6 0.47 347.985.28
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 7.8-100.00
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce