US trade (export - import) with Sierra Leone in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 04, 2019

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

US Trade with Sierra Leone

In 2018, US trade with Sierra Leone totaled $127.9 million, up 0.46% ($0.6 million) from 2017.

US exports to Sierra Leone in 2018 were $70.7 million, down 10.85% ($8.6 million) from 2017.

US imports from Sierra Leone in 2018 totaled $57.1 million, up 19.17% ($9.2 million) from 2017.

US trade surplus with Sierra Leone in 2018 was $13.6 million, a 56.74% decrease ($17.8 million) over 2017.

Sierra Leone was the US 160th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 157th in 2017), accounting for 0.0030% of US total trade (down from 0.0032% in 2017).

Sierra Leone was the US 157th largest export market in 2018 (down from 149th in 2017), accounting for 0.0042% of US total exports (down from 0.0051% in 2017).

Sierra Leone was the US 142nd largest supplier in 2018 (up from 144th in 2017), accounting for 0.0022% of US total imports (up from 0.0020% in 2017).

US Exports to Sierra Leone

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 37.59% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (35.84% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 36.71% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (30.35% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.87% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (4.40% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 5.16% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (5.28% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 2.42% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (0.09% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.03% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (1.38% in 2017).

The largest gains in US exports to Sierra Leone 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 $3,542.6 thousand;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $2,113.8 thousand;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $1,505.2 thousand;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - an increase of $1,123.9 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $884.4 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $443.9 thousand.

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $10,035.0 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $3,841.6 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $1,218.5 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $500.9 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $483.4 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $453.0 thousand;
  • 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 $393.2 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $379.3 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $250.3 thousand.
US exports to Sierra Leone 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 8,084.9 11.43 5,971.135.40
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 60.2-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0.0 0.00 156.3-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 49.4 0.07 0.0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 39.2 0.06 0.0
10 Cereals 1,269.9 1.80 5,111.5-75.16
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 10.3-100.00
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 12.4-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 297.5 0.42 426.9-30.32
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 69.0 0.10 66.24.18
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 79.7 0.11 57.139.49
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 124.0 0.18 152.9-18.88
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 190.7 0.27 302.6-36.99
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 16,239.9 22.97 15,795.92.81
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 137.2 0.19 279.5-50.92
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0.0 0.00 18.7-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 8.6-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,505.2 2.13 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 204.7 0.29 67.7202.40
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 29.5 0.04 86.0-65.66
29 Organic chemicals 14.1 0.02 9.548.53
30 Pharmaceutical products 49.6 0.07 29.568.24
31 Fertilizers 86.4 0.12 8.4924.91
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 70.3 0.10 139.3-49.48
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 333.8 0.47 376.0-11.22
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 201.5 0.28 92.1118.75
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 67.3 0.10 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 359.6 0.51 450.3-20.13
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2,875.0 4.07 1,990.744.43
40 Rubber and articles thereof 61.8 0.09 312.1-80.21
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 5.6 0.01 87.1-93.59
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 12.8 0.02 7.082.86
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 14.7 0.02 217.3-93.24
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 100.0 0.14 130.1-23.10
52 Cotton 38.2 0.05 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 5.2 0.01 39.2-86.72
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 17.7 0.02 13.926.73
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 22.1-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 389.5 0.55 872.9-55.37
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 17.7 0.03 55.5-68.05
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,145.1 4.45 3,174.1-0.91
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 29.4 0.04 3.0879.87
65 Headgear and parts thereof 4.9 0.01 0.0
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 4.4-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 5.6 0.01 458.6-98.78
69 Ceramic products 2,583.9 3.65 1,460.076.98
70 Glass and glassware 36.8 0.05 22.463.87
72 Iron and steel 28.6 0.04 27.05.91
73 Articles of iron or steel 308.4 0.44 809.4-61.89
74 Copper and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 10.0-100.00
75 Nickel and articles thereof 8.5 0.01 5.554.55
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 216.0 0.31 74.4190.56
78 Lead and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 3.7-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 3.7 0.01 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 140.7 0.20 116.820.53
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 20.5 0.03 44.1-53.50
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 5,173.9 7.32 6,392.4-19.06
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 2,226.9 3.15 2,092.06.45
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 36.4 0.05 237.3-84.65
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 17,873.0 25.27 14,330.424.72
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 101.8 0.14 7.31,287.35
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 18.5 0.03 109.4-83.10
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 527.9 0.75 907.2-41.81
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 7.8-100.00
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 1,711.3 2.42 2,104.6-18.69
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 43.1 0.06 36.219.23
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 22.4 0.03 3.0657.26
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,405.6 4.82 13,440.7-74.66

US Imports from Sierra Leone

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 55.47% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (10.01% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 26.36% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (16.14% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 9.46% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (64.59% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 3.83% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (2.77% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.22% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (1.06% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.68% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (2.32% in 2017).

The largest gains in US imports from Sierra Leone 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 $23,069.0 thousand;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $7,323.7 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) - an increase of $4,198.1 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $639.9 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $322.9 thousand;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - an increase of $263.5 thousand;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $209.2 thousand.

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

  • 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 $25,565.9 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - a decrease of $911.6 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $635.7 thousand.
US imports from Sierra Leone 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
(%)
01 Live animals 0.0 0.00 57.2-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 833.7 1.46 624.533.50
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 738.5 1.29 98.5649.59
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2.7 0.00 20.9-86.87
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0.0 0.00 103.7-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 409.3 0.72 321.327.41
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 163.3 0.29 49.5229.60
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 20.5 0.04 33.8-39.26
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 8.5 0.01 0.0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10.4 0.02 10.6-2.32
26 Ores, slag and ash 15,063.1 26.36 7,739.494.63
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 2.2 0.00 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 24.3-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 37.9 0.07 58.9-35.59
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 8.0 0.01 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 173.5 0.30 73.2136.97
40 Rubber and articles thereof 181.6 0.32 151.519.93
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 146.3-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 5.1 0.01 0.31,826.62
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 24.4 0.04 3.9527.78
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 28.5-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 11.3 0.02 28.0-59.57
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 15.3 0.03 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 32.4 0.06 28.215.04
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.3 0.00 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 11.2 0.02 1.3775.41
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 68.8 0.12 14.8363.63
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 40.4 0.07 113.9-64.51
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 168.7 0.30 259.5-34.96
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1.3 0.00 0.0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 353.8 0.62 90.3291.76
65 Headgear and parts thereof 4.0 0.01 0.0
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 1.3-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 132.6 0.23 98.933.98
70 Glass and glassware 76.6 0.13 47.262.12
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,406.4 9.46 30,972.3-82.54
73 Articles of iron or steel 211.6 0.37 81.6159.21
74 Copper and articles thereof 14.9 0.03 3.5327.84
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 71.6 0.13 8.7723.75
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 84.7 0.15 103.0-17.81
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3.8 0.01 915.3-99.59
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 24,714.4 43.25 1,645.51,401.96
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 5,331.4 9.33 1,133.3370.43
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 60.9 0.11 69.8-12.75
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 382.9 0.67 60.1537.35
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 13.9 0.02 38.5-63.80
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 28.3 0.05 50.8-44.33
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,167.4 2.04 1,803.0-35.25
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 22.1-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 31.8-100.00
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 128.0 0.22 59.6114.79
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 66.2 0.12 55.020.42
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 92.6 0.16 11.5705.83
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 7.1 0.01 16.3-56.35
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 763.1 1.34 635.220.13
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Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce