US trade (export - import) with Rwanda in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 06, 2019

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

US Trade with Rwanda

In 2018, US trade with Rwanda was $92.4 million, down 16.35% ($18.1 million) from 2017.

US exports to Rwanda in 2018 were $25.3 million, down 61.81% ($40.9 million) from 2017.

US imports from Rwanda in 2018 totaled $67.2 million, up 51.44% ($22.8 million) from 2017.

US trade balance with Rwanda went from a surplus of $21.8 million in 2017, to a deficit of $41.9 million in 2018.

Rwanda was the US 167th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 162nd in 2017), accounting for 0.0022% of US total trade (down from 0.0028% in 2017).

Rwanda was the US 178th largest export market in 2018 (down from 156th in 2017), accounting for 0.0015% of US total exports (down from 0.0043% in 2017).

Rwanda was the US 136th largest supplier in 2018 (up from 145th in 2017), accounting for 0.0026% of US total imports (up from 0.0018% in 2017).

US Exports to Rwanda

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 75.34% of US total exports to Rwanda (94.71% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.03% of US total exports to Rwanda (2.96% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.09% of US total exports to Rwanda (0.32% in 2017).

The largest gains in US exports to Rwanda 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 $1,792.8 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $1,707.0 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $937.1 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $835.1 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $392.9 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $196.7 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $142.6 thousand.

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $46,323.4 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $284.6 thousand;
  • 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 $214.7 thousand;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $76.0 thousand.
US exports to Rwanda 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
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 7.2 0.03 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 10.3 0.04 0.0
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 6.8 0.03 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 18.8 0.07 28.1-33.04
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 8.1 0.03 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 33.2 0.13 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 227.5 0.90 512.1-55.58
31 Fertilizers 54.0 0.21 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 50.3 0.20 13.0286.25
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 8.2 0.03 0.0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0.0 0.00 3.0-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 682.4 2.70 539.826.42
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,715.7 6.79 880.694.83
40 Rubber and articles thereof 6.2 0.02 6.3-0.90
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 9.4 0.04 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 4.9 0.02 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 108.5 0.43 109.3-0.67
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 80.6 0.32 156.6-48.54
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.0 0.00 21.7-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 19.3 0.08 51.0-62.24
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4.6 0.02 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 505.3 2.00 112.4349.51
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0.0 0.00 16.6-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 5.5-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 6.4 0.03 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 4.5 0.02 9.8-53.89
73 Articles of iron or steel 93.0 0.37 77.320.27
74 Copper and articles thereof 4.0 0.02 14.7-72.65
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 17.8 0.07 64.9-72.54
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 59.9 0.24 55.77.70
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 45.9 0.18 14.1226.11
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,899.3 15.44 2,962.331.63
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 1,587.2 6.28 1,801.8-11.91
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,418.1 9.57 625.3286.73
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 9,250.7 36.62 55,574.1-83.35
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,877.0 7.43 1,680.311.71
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 3.4 0.01 3.19.27
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 61.1-100.00
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 129.3 0.51 71.082.10
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 27.7 0.11 48.4-42.71
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 10.0 0.04 58.5-82.95
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 2,266.3 8.97 559.3305.19

US Imports from Rwanda

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 46.32% of US total imports from Rwanda (50.36% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 44.31% of US total imports from Rwanda (40.00% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 4.60% of US total imports from Rwanda (3.42% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.18% of US total imports from Rwanda (1.72% in 2017).

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $12,019.5 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $7,882.0 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $1,553.1 thousand;
  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts (HS code 13) - an increase of $493.6 thousand;
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) (HS code 42) - an increase of $368.1 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $322.9 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $302.6 thousand.

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

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
US imports from Rwanda 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 7.6 0.01 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2.7 0.00 8.6-68.70
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 766.1 1.14 443.272.85
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 28,699.6 42.73 20,817.537.86
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 279.5 0.42 243.914.61
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 1,311.1 1.95 817.560.37
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0.0 0.00 3.6-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 22.6 0.03 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 16.8 0.03 0.0
26 Ores, slag and ash 29,757.6 44.31 17,738.167.76
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 15.1 0.02 19.2-21.25
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 6.3 0.01 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,575.3 2.35 1,207.230.50
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 7.6-100.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 686.2 1.02 649.85.61
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 102.9 0.15 103.2-0.25
52 Cotton 7.5 0.01 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 10.0 0.01 0.33,602.21
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.8 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 3,062.4 4.56 1,509.3102.90
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 1.9-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 7.5 0.01 3.6110.80
70 Glass and glassware 11.3 0.02 9.321.21
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 6.0 0.01 6.7-10.24
73 Articles of iron or steel 3.1 0.00 3.2-1.82
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 5.7 0.01 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 486.0 0.72 183.4164.96
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 63.7 0.09 250.1-74.54
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2.6 0.00 0.0
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 5.5 0.01 10.6-47.99
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 132.5 0.20 60.3119.73
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 105.6 0.16 248.3-57.45
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Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce