US trade (export - import) with Liberia in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 15, 2019

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

US Trade with Liberia

In 2018, US trade with Liberia totaled $282.2 million, up 17.77% ($42.6 million) from 2017.

US exports to Liberia in 2018 totaled $216.7 million, up 50.36% ($72.6 million) from 2017.

US imports from Liberia in 2018 were $65.5 million, down 31.41% ($30.0 million) from 2017.

US trade surplus with Liberia in 2018 was $151.2 million, a 210.94% increase ($102.6 million) over 2017.

Liberia was the US 142nd largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 140th in 2017), accounting for 0.0066% of US total trade (up from 0.0061% in 2017).

Liberia was the US 127th largest export market in 2018 (up from 129th in 2017), accounting for 0.0130% of US total exports (up from 0.0093% in 2017).

Liberia was the US 137th largest supplier in 2018 (down from 125th in 2017), accounting for 0.0025% of US total imports (down from 0.0040% in 2017).

US Exports to Liberia

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 46.30% of US total exports to Liberia (29.41% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 14.16% of US total exports to Liberia (18.83% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 10.80% of US total exports to Liberia (4.84% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.42% of US total exports to Liberia (22.80% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.03% of US total exports to Liberia (8.37% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 4.74% of US total exports to Liberia (7.06% in 2017).

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $34.1 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $12.9 million;
  • 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 (HS code 86) - an increase of $10.7 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 $6.9 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $3.9 million;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $2.9 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $2.5 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $2.5 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $2.2 million;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $2.0 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $1.3 million;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $1.1 million;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $1.0 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $0.9 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 $0.9 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $0.8 million;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - an increase of $0.7 million.

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $14.4 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $0.7 million.
US exports to Liberia 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
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 1,049.6 0.48 998.35.14
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0.0 0.00 220.2-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 123.4-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 272.8 0.13 320.3-14.83
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 43.6 0.02 95.6-54.35
10 Cereals 12,490.3 5.76 26,869.1-53.51
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 67.1-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 434.3 0.20 23.71,733.82
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 12.0 0.01 35.0-65.71
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 10.7 0.00 0.0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 36.5 0.02 12.0203.95
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 144.6 0.07 353.6-59.12
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 335.9 0.16 219.153.31
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 5,540.5 2.56 3,344.065.69
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 44.3 0.02 177.6-75.04
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,037.2 0.48 6.017,149.91
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 29,650.7 13.68 27,127.19.30
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 490.6 0.23 121.6303.53
29 Organic chemicals 112.9 0.05 245.7-54.06
30 Pharmaceutical products 277.2 0.13 962.9-71.21
31 Fertilizers 0.0 0.00 359.7-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 311.7 0.14 208.449.58
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 412.9 0.19 154.8166.73
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 295.0 0.14 338.4-12.82
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 22.8 0.01 51.9-56.07
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,724.1 0.80 1,746.7-1.29
39 Plastics and articles thereof 6,195.3 2.86 5,384.315.06
40 Rubber and articles thereof 5,388.7 2.49 2,484.3116.91
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 3.7 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) 39.5 0.02 8.9342.07
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 488.2 0.23 408.419.54
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 269.7 0.12 136.497.78
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 147.7 0.07 272.6-45.82
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 9.3 0.00 15.8-40.79
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 4.3 0.00 33.6-87.20
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 20.4-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 75.1 0.03 2.92,535.09
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 201.4 0.09 231.6-13.03
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9,546.1 4.41 9,518.60.29
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 415.7 0.19 339.922.29
65 Headgear and parts thereof 20.6 0.01 7.0194.63
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 9.3 0.00 471.3-98.02
69 Ceramic products 1,389.3 0.64 716.493.93
70 Glass and glassware 20.4 0.01 33.8-39.57
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 18.8 0.01 9.0108.70
72 Iron and steel 1,000.2 0.46 50.31,888.26
73 Articles of iron or steel 18,677.1 8.62 5,775.7223.38
74 Copper and articles thereof 72.6 0.03 64.113.32
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2.9 0.00 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 677.2 0.31 668.01.38
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 872.4 0.40 345.3152.63
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 2,104.6 0.97 75.52,688.57
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 55,120.8 25.44 21,015.5162.29
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 10,158.7 4.69 3,237.6213.77
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 11,263.8 5.20 533.12,012.84
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 12,190.8 5.63 10,894.111.90
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 152.2 0.07 248.8-38.82
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,665.8 0.77 545.3205.46
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 9,781.9 4.51 5,913.965.41
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 11.8 0.01 35.6-66.98
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 5.5-100.00
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 2,960.6 1.37 2,081.042.27
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 227.2 0.10 22.6904.91
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 103.1 0.05 114.7-10.14
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 25.0-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 10,659.0 4.92 8,187.530.19

US Imports from Liberia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 91.95% of US total imports from Liberia (65.98% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 3.65% of US total imports from Liberia (2.62% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.20% of US total imports from Liberia (0.62% in 2017).

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

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $0.4 million.

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $27.5 million;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $3.1 million.
US imports from Liberia 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
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2.9 0.00 26.2-88.96
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 8.8 0.01 0.0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 26.6 0.04 29.2-9.12
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 715.4 1.09 523.236.73
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 4.2 0.01 12.3-65.76
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 2.4 0.00 0.0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 25.1 0.04 0.0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2.9 0.00 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 11.4 0.02 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 121.9 0.19 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 158.7 0.24 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1.1 0.00 0.0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 59,945.9 91.52 63,010.6-4.86
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 5.5 0.01 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 18.2 0.03 117.3-84.48
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 10.7-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2.4 0.00 1.2100.33
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 25.5 0.04 0.0
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 35.7-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,389.7 3.65 2,502.8-4.52
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3.4 0.01 125.3-97.31
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 16.8 0.03 49.6-66.21
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 20.4 0.03 17.914.26
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 141.0 0.22 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,803.2 2.75 1,441.925.06
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 50.3 0.08 27,590.6-99.82
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce