US trade with Nepal in the first half of 2017

Published or Updated: Oct 20, 2017

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

US Trade with Nepal

In the first half of 2017, US trade with Nepal totaled $98.2 million, up 46.37% ($31.1 million) from the first half of 2016.

US exports to Nepal in the first half of 2017 totaled $52.9 million, up 132.58% ($30.1 million) from the first half of 2016.

US imports from Nepal in the first half of 2017 totaled $45.4 million, up 2.21% ($1.0 million) from the first half of 2016.

US trade balance with Nepal went from a deficit of $21.7 million in the first half of 2016, to a surplus of $7.5 million in the first half of 2017.

Nepal was the US 142nd largest trading partner in the first half of 2017 (up from 149th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0051% of US total trade (up from 0.0037% in the first half of 2016).

Nepal was the US 137th largest export market in the first half of 2017 (up from 161st in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0070% of US total exports (up from 0.0032% in the first half of 2016).

Nepal was the US 124th largest supplier in the first half of 2017 (down from 123rd in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0039% of US total imports (down from 0.0041% in the first half of 2016).

US Exports to Nepal

The major share of US exports to Nepal 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) - 78.83% of US total exports to Nepal (61.46% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.66% of US total exports to Nepal (15.67% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.86% of US total exports to Nepal (5.18% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.12% of US total exports to Nepal (5.63% in the first half of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Nepal 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 $27,113.1 thousand;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $3,075.0 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $2,492.6 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $1,343.7 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $232.4 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $165.6 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Nepal in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $3,309.1 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $1,979.5 thousand;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - a decrease of $1,149.9 thousand.
US exports to Nepal 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
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 232.4 0.44 0.0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 8.7 0.02 0.0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 8.3 0.02 7.95.01
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 10.4 0.02 0.0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 136.4 0.26 0.0
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 44.2-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 42.2 0.08 3,351.4-98.74
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 63.9 0.12 0.0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 2.9-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 3,131.1 5.92 56.05,488.11
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 8.6-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,435.2 2.71 91.51,468.97
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 34.7 0.07 0.0
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 6.7 0.01 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 0.0 0.00 3.4-100.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 14.5 0.03 65.8-78.02
29 Organic chemicals 172.2 0.33 83.2107.08
30 Pharmaceutical products 387.5 0.73 344.212.60
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 143.5 0.27 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 75.2 0.14 72.83.39
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 192.9 0.36 225.4-14.43
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 63.8 0.12 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0.0 0.00 10.6-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 245.4 0.46 206.119.06
39 Plastics and articles thereof 210.5 0.40 157.533.69
40 Rubber and articles thereof 4.2 0.01 12.9-67.32
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 12.7 0.02 6.0112.47
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 33.5-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 0.0 0.00 30.8-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3.7 0.01 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 54.5 0.10 26.7103.66
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 1,149.9-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3.0 0.01 0.0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 22.9 0.04 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2.7 0.01 0.0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 7.4 0.01 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 12.2 0.02 3.3273.67
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4.4 0.01 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2.8 0.01 123.4-97.74
65 Headgear and parts thereof 5.6 0.01 3.464.79
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 3.3 0.01 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 11.9 0.02 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 2.7 0.01 2.8-0.43
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 11.0 0.02 22.0-50.14
72 Iron and steel 0.0 0.00 8.2-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 54.6 0.10 23.2135.14
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 6.2-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 7.7-100.00
78 Lead and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 11.2-100.00
80 Tin and articles thereof 35.3 0.07 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 5.7 0.01 2.8104.04
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 21.3 0.04 10.799.48
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 5,203.9 9.84 2,711.491.93
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 1,376.8 2.60 1,415.9-2.76
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 0.0 0.00 41.3-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 167.4 0.32 2,146.9-92.20
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 31,275.7 59.14 4,162.5651.36
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 20.8 0.04 18.114.34
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,642.8 6.89 3,477.24.76
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 4.6 0.01 25.4-81.92
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 100.3 0.19 159.7-37.19
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 127.0 0.24 141.8-10.47
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 4.3 0.01 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 12.7 0.02 0.0

US Imports from Nepal

The major share of US imports from Nepal 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) - 61.95% of US total imports from Nepal (72.97% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 10.62% of US total imports from Nepal (7.09% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.89% of US total imports from Nepal (1.40% in the first half of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.29% of US total imports from Nepal (2.96% in the first half of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.19% of US total imports from Nepal (0.20% in the first half of 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 2.00% of US total imports from Nepal (2.41% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.24% of US total imports from Nepal (0.94% in the first half of 2016).

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

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $2,813.0 thousand;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - an increase of $1,734.8 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $834.1 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $635.7 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $489.8 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - an increase of $142.5 thousand.

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

  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - a decrease of $2,627.1 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $1,168.9 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $953.1 thousand;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - a decrease of $177.4 thousand;
  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather (HS code 41) - a decrease of $171.1 thousand;
  • 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) - a decrease of $165.2 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $162.6 thousand;
  • Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork (HS code 46) - a decrease of $147.8 thousand.
US imports from Nepal 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
(%)
01 Live animals 2.0 0.00 0.0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 43.1 0.10 0.0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 22.4 0.05 7.3208.52
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 16.1 0.04 32.5-50.39
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 165.4 0.36 143.814.98
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 12.4 0.03 22.2-44.14
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3.8 0.01 2.643.09
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 25.2 0.06 21.318.61
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 271.6 0.60 333.5-18.56
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 58.9 0.13 123.2-52.18
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 2.6 0.01 0.0
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 4,196.8 9.25 2,462.070.47
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 7.7-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 247.9 0.55 218.913.27
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 934.9 2.06 299.2212.45
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 10.7 0.02 11.2-4.15
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 8.5 0.02 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 104.0 0.23 91.114.26
40 Rubber and articles thereof 6.5 0.01 0.31,932.70
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 171.1-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 931.3 2.05 1,058.8-12.04
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 10.9 0.02 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 41.4 0.09 45.5-9.18
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 102.3 0.23 250.1-59.09
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 17.8 0.04 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 830.1 1.83 992.7-16.38
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 45.3 0.10 26.074.42
50 Silk 1.3 0.00 0.6114.21
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 113.5 0.25 101.611.72
52 Cotton 0.5 0.00 2.8-81.68
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 2.6 0.01 15.7-83.42
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 142.9 0.31 146.2-2.24
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 19,391.3 42.74 22,018.4-11.93
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 3.4 0.01 2.727.02
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 8.9 0.02 54.4-83.55
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 6.6 0.01 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,474.6 3.25 2,427.7-39.26
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 3,358.2 7.40 4,527.0-25.82
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,369.1 7.43 2,879.317.01
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 23.5 0.05 9.8140.41
65 Headgear and parts thereof 209.9 0.46 204.92.45
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3.1 0.01 11.5-72.81
69 Ceramic products 20.4 0.04 19.44.85
70 Glass and glassware 406.1 0.90 583.5-30.41
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 905.3 2.00 1,070.5-15.43
73 Articles of iron or steel 116.0 0.26 5.81,890.49
74 Copper and articles thereof 164.2 0.36 167.2-1.80
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 15.0 0.03 18.4-18.22
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 47.0 0.10 40.715.50
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 222.3 0.49 186.519.19
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 853.0 1.88 18.94,423.66
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 17.1 0.04 12.240.06
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 20.0 0.04 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2.4 0.01 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 99.7 0.22 55.978.47
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 76.3 0.17 40.887.19
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 77.3 0.17 108.6-28.80
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 201.8 0.44 154.930.32
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 148.5 0.33 6.02,376.80
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 4,242.5 9.35 1,429.6196.77
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce