US trade (export - import) with Libya in 2015

Published or Updated: Feb 18, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Libya in 2015: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Libya

In 2015, US trade with Libya was $385.1 million, down 49.55% ($378.3 million) from 2014.

US exports to Libya in 2015 were $218.0 million, down 59.01% ($313.9 million) from 2014.

US imports from Libya in 2015 were $167.1 million, down 27.81% ($64.4 million) from 2014.

US trade surplus with Libya in 2015 was $50.9 million, a 83.06% decrease ($249.5 million) over 2014.

Libya was the US 118th largest trading partner in 2015 (down from 110th in 2014), accounting for 0.0101% of US total trade (down from 0.0189% in 2014).

Libya was the US 122nd largest export market in 2015 (down from 102nd in 2014), accounting for 0.0145% of US total exports (down from 0.0328% in 2014).

Libya was the US 111th largest supplier in 2015 (down from 107th in 2014), accounting for 0.0072% of US total imports (down from 0.0096% in 2014).

US Exports to Libya

The major share of US exports to Libya in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 59.93% of US total exports to Libya (19.62% in 2014);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 19.66% of US total exports to Libya (56.20% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 14.31% of US total exports to Libya (8.13% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.57% of US total exports to Libya (1.86% in 2014);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.63% of US total exports to Libya (1.50% in 2014);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.43% of US total exports to Libya (8.09% in 2014);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.40% of US total exports to Libya (1.29% in 2014).

The largest gains in US exports to Libya in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $20.5 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - an increase of $17.1 million;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $1.2 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Libya in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $80.8 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 $76.3 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $74.8 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $42.1 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $19.3 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $6.9 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $6.5 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $5.6 million;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $4.5 million;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $3.2 million;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $3.2 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) - a decrease of $2.9 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $2.6 million;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $2.5 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $2.5 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $2.2 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $1.5 million;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - a decrease of $1.4 million;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - a decrease of $1.4 million;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $1.3 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $1.2 million;
  • Photographic or cinematographic goods (HS code 37) - a decrease of $0.9 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $0.9 million;
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (HS code 35) - a decrease of $0.8 million;
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) (HS code 42) - a decrease of $0.8 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $0.7 million.
US exports to Libya in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2014
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2015
over 2014
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 17,729.4 8.13 17,978.7-1.39
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 2,422.5 1.11 5,651.5-57.14
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 72.9 0.03 69.64.70
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 2,209.9 1.01 7,816.9-71.73
10 Cereals 29,813.9 13.68 9,352.7218.77
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 3.0-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,802.9 1.74 4,255.6-10.64
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 51,248.1 23.51 51,327.0-0.15
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 0.0 0.00 283.1-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 59.7 0.03 82.9-27.94
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0.0 0.00 47.6-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 110.2 0.05 682.4-83.86
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4,249.9 1.95 4,680.8-9.21
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 428.8 0.20 1,911.0-77.56
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 50.4 0.02 28.576.62
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 17,267.9 7.92 168.510,147.02
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,179.6 0.54 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 5.2 0.00 49.2-89.49
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 938.3 0.43 42,991.4-97.82
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 60.4 0.03 189.4-68.13
29 Organic chemicals 1,393.4 0.64 2,640.8-47.24
30 Pharmaceutical products 7,155.9 3.28 13,694.8-47.75
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 113.2 0.05 428.4-73.57
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 2,117.3 0.97 1,954.98.31
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 744.3 0.34 1,319.6-43.60
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 396.3 0.18 1,216.5-67.43
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 80.5 0.04 100.1-19.59
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 227.2 0.10 1,161.3-80.44
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3,703.7 1.70 4,013.7-7.72
39 Plastics and articles thereof 14,956.7 6.86 14,988.3-0.21
40 Rubber and articles thereof 241.5 0.11 1,556.7-84.48
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 15.4 0.01 808.6-98.10
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4,075.4 1.87 8,579.3-52.50
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 1,041.0 0.48 754.837.92
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 465.9 0.21 388.719.85
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 24.3 0.01 183.5-86.76
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 67.0-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 152.9 0.07 342.2-55.32
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 187.8-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 13.0 0.01 4.2205.90
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 9.1 0.00 667.1-98.64
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 576.7 0.26 3,204.5-82.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 100.0 0.05 1,002.0-90.02
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 10.5 0.00 1,369.8-99.23
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 40.8-100.00
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 4.5 0.00 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3.5 0.00 463.2-99.24
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 89.6-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 29.6 0.01 353.7-91.63
72 Iron and steel 0.0 0.00 155.1-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,164.9 0.53 3,646.0-68.05
74 Copper and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 67.3-100.00
75 Nickel and articles thereof 10.1 0.00 68.7-85.33
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 48.1 0.02 166.0-70.99
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 129.0 0.06 3,333.7-96.13
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 21.0 0.01 531.3-96.04
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 15,036.4 6.90 95,875.4-84.32
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 4,256.4 1.95 80,573.8-94.72
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 6.5 0.00 25.0-74.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 16,445.4 7.54 91,213.1-81.97
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 196.6 0.09 2,444.4-91.96
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 297.2 0.14 2,846.7-89.56
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 6,629.6 3.04 25,941.9-74.44
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 62.3 0.03 143.3-56.51
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 11.8 0.01 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 352.7 0.16 3,218.6-89.04
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 218.1 0.10 1,599.7-86.37
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 50.3 0.02 178.6-71.83
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,762.7 1.73 10,675.2-64.75

US Imports from Libya

The major share of US imports from Libya in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 84.39% of US total imports from Libya (92.70% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 14.29% of US total imports from Libya (6.78% in 2014).

The largest gains in US imports from Libya in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $4.6 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $3.6 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $1.0 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Libya in 2015 over the 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $73.6 million.
US imports from Libya in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2014
USD thousand)
Change
in 2015
over 2014
(%)
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 141,044.3 84.39 214,622.8-34.28
29 Organic chemicals 3,605.9 2.16 0.0
31 Fertilizers 20,286.2 12.14 15,701.429.20
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.3 0.00 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 44.9-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 18.5 0.01 0.0
78 Lead and articles thereof 2.2 0.00 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3.0 0.00 0.0
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 11.4 0.01 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 37.2 0.02 25.645.68
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 2,130.1 1.27 1,140.086.85
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce