US trade (export - import) with Libya in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 14, 2019

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

US Trade with Libya

In 2018, US trade with Libya totaled $1,592.2 million, up 1.43% ($22.5 million) from 2017.

US exports to Libya in 2018 totaled $248.8 million, up 84.74% ($114.1 million) from 2017.

US imports from Libya in 2018 were $1,343.4 million, down 6.38% ($91.6 million) from 2017.

US trade deficit with Libya in 2018 was $1,094.6 million, a 15.82% decrease ($205.7 million) over 2017.

Libya was the US 85th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 84th in 2017), accounting for 0.0372% of US total trade (down from 0.0397% in 2017).

Libya was the US 126th largest export market in 2018 (up from 133rd in 2017), accounting for 0.0149% of US total exports (up from 0.0087% in 2017).

Libya was the US 74th largest supplier in 2018 (down from 69th in 2017), accounting for 0.0514% of US total imports (down from 0.0596% in 2017).

US Exports to Libya

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 45.11% of US total exports to Libya (33.41% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 33.76% of US total exports to Libya (40.11% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 14.33% of US total exports to Libya (19.66% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.87% of US total exports to Libya (1.84% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.37% of US total exports to Libya (0.94% in 2017).

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $52.4 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - an increase of $23.7 million;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $11.1 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 $11.0 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $4.1 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $3.3 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $2.7 million;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $2.5 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $2.1 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $1.7 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1.6 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $1.5 million;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $1.5 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $1.3 million;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $1.1 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 $0.8 million;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - an increase of $0.8 million.

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

  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $5.0 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $3.2 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $1.8 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $1.2 million.
US exports to Libya 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 19,445.7 7.82 8,353.8132.78
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 2,726.6 1.10 183.81,383.25
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 6.4 0.00 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 4.7 0.00 0.0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,349.0 0.54 1,890.8-28.65
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 32.5 0.01 0.0
10 Cereals 25,603.2 10.29 24,086.06.30
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,882.9 1.16 4,650.2-38.01
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 12.9 0.01 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,103.5 2.05 8,273.7-38.32
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 73.7 0.03 46.159.85
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 7.9 0.00 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 153.6 0.06 21.1628.40
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,078.2 0.43 6,075.8-82.25
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,058.9 0.43 427.4147.72
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 31.5 0.01 0.0
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 23,691.6 9.52 6.1388,158.92
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 731.4 0.29 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 19.6 0.01 26.7-26.39
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 3,379.3 1.36 1,236.7173.26
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 35.3 0.01 91.4-61.40
29 Organic chemicals 3,167.2 1.27 1,479.2114.12
30 Pharmaceutical products 11,722.7 4.71 7,614.153.96
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0.0 0.00 8.2-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,118.1 0.45 921.821.29
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 511.0 0.21 393.829.77
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 610.6 0.25 551.010.82
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 916.6 0.37 94.9865.49
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 1,694.2 0.68 2,364.7-28.36
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 5,232.1 2.10 1,980.1164.24
39 Plastics and articles thereof 10,259.1 4.12 10,786.2-4.89
40 Rubber and articles thereof 390.2 0.16 193.4101.75
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 24.8 0.01 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,513.0 0.61 448.2237.56
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 3,019.9 1.21 1,536.896.51
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 28.0 0.01 31.7-11.65
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 95.3 0.04 467.3-79.60
52 Cotton 12.3 0.00 0.0
54 Man-made filaments 7.5 0.00 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 18.1 0.01 351.2-94.84
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.0 0.00 18.0-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 671.3 0.27 44.61,406.79
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 24.5 0.01 465.9-94.73
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 116.2 0.05 42.3174.76
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 406.4 0.16 153.4164.95
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0.0 0.00 3.4-100.00
69 Ceramic products 7.0 0.00 8.9-21.52
70 Glass and glassware 37.4 0.02 69.0-45.87
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 23.6 0.01 0.0
72 Iron and steel 10.3 0.00 22.1-53.21
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,316.6 0.53 1,014.429.78
74 Copper and articles thereof 14.9 0.01 21.8-31.65
75 Nickel and articles thereof 13.3 0.01 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 145.0 0.06 17.9709.41
78 Lead and articles thereof 18.1 0.01 0.0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 9.0-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 613.6 0.25 60.3917.60
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 264.3 0.11 114.6130.64
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 15,752.1 6.33 13,020.820.98
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 21,490.7 8.64 10,484.8104.97
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 68,166.9 27.40 15,748.9332.84
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 846.0 0.34 2,047.3-58.68
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 765.1 0.31 105.6624.83
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 5,218.2 2.10 3,588.445.42
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 2.8 0.00 17.9-84.38
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 1,076.2 0.43 230.9366.11
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 102.9 0.04 52.596.07
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 24.1 0.01 65.1-62.90
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,908.8 1.57 2,656.947.12

US Imports from Libya

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 99.10% of US total imports from Libya (98.92% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.84% of US total imports from Libya (1.04% in 2017).

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

  • No product groups with a substantial increase.

The largest declines in US imports from Libya in 2018 over the 2017 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 $88.2 million.
US imports from Libya 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 347.1 0.03 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,331,308.3 99.10 1,419,538.6-6.22
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 38.7-100.00
31 Fertilizers 11,289.0 0.84 14,833.8-23.90
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 25.5-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1.9 0.00 1.165.49
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 10.1 0.00 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0.0 0.00 4.1-100.00
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 60.7 0.00 5.6992.94
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 2.4 0.00 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 145.9 0.01 35.7308.55
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 264.3 0.02 556.4-52.50
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Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce