US trade with Sierra Leone in the first half of 2017

Published or Updated: Oct 19, 2017

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

US Trade with Sierra Leone

In the first half of 2017, US trade with Sierra Leone totaled $50.4 million, up 5.89% ($2.8 million) from the first half of 2016.

US exports to Sierra Leone in the first half of 2017 totaled $43.8 million, up 36.33% ($11.7 million) from the first half of 2016.

US imports from Sierra Leone in the first half of 2017 were $6.5 million, down 57.58% ($8.9 million) from the first half of 2016.

US trade surplus with Sierra Leone in the first half of 2017 was $37.3 million, a 122.83% increase ($20.6 million) over the first half of 2016.

Sierra Leone was the US 163rd largest trading partner in the first half of 2017 (down from 160th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0026% of US total trade (just as in the first half of 2016).

Sierra Leone was the US 141st largest export market in the first half of 2017 (up from 148th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0058% of US total exports (up from 0.0045% in the first half of 2016).

Sierra Leone was the US 166th largest supplier in the first half of 2017 (down from 147th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0006% of US total imports (down from 0.0014% in the first half of 2016).

US Exports to Sierra Leone

The major share of US exports to Sierra Leone in the first half of 2017 (and in the first half of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 40.37% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (40.28% in the first half of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 25.69% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (32.74% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 5.27% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (6.70% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.88% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (5.59% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.49% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (1.35% in the first half of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.71% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (1.09% in the first half of 2016).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $4,529.6 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $974.1 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $716.8 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $475.2 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $236.0 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $233.7 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $205.1 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $199.3 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) - an increase of $176.5 thousand.

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

  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $791.3 thousand;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $306.2 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $283.1 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 $212.5 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $132.5 thousand.
US exports to Sierra Leone 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
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 3,496.7 7.98 4,288.0-18.45
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 60.2 0.14 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 87.5 0.20 159.5-45.16
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0.0 0.00 98.0-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
10 Cereals 4,929.8 11.24 400.21,131.82
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2.6 0.01 0.0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 12.4 0.03 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 341.0 0.78 226.750.40
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 33.7 0.08 23.245.71
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 26.0 0.06 101.0-74.22
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0.0 0.00 2.9-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 130.2 0.30 54.8137.46
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 277.0 0.63 409.4-32.36
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 8,035.0 18.33 7,060.913.80
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 238.1 0.54 121.496.12
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 18.7 0.04 0.0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 8.6 0.02 5.072.73
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 38.3 0.09 96.1-60.09
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 56.0 0.13 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 29.5 0.07 113.4-74.00
31 Fertilizers 0.0 0.00 3.6-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 102.6 0.23 89.714.42
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 285.3 0.65 190.449.81
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 68.8 0.16 70.9-2.99
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0.0 0.00 10.6-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 151.8 0.35 236.1-35.68
39 Plastics and articles thereof 733.3 1.67 1,016.3-27.85
40 Rubber and articles thereof 272.8 0.62 67.7302.89
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 12.1 0.03 99.0-87.75
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 7.0 0.02 15.6-55.13
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 207.6 0.47 294.8-29.57
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 95.0 0.22 41.6128.61
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 19.0 0.04 5.0279.10
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 9.0 0.02 19.0-52.77
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 22.1 0.05 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 652.9 1.49 735.0-11.18
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 43.5 0.10 53.5-18.64
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,562.6 3.56 1,328.917.59
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3.0 0.01 14.2-78.91
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 458.6 1.05 222.6106.03
69 Ceramic products 350.5 0.80 384.4-8.82
70 Glass and glassware 22.4 0.05 43.9-48.86
73 Articles of iron or steel 522.1 1.19 46.91,014.18
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 12.0-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 21.8 0.05 328.0-93.36
78 Lead and articles thereof 3.7 0.01 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 86.5 0.20 46.685.81
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 17.9 0.04 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,744.2 8.54 3,544.95.62
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 1,061.4 2.42 1,273.9-16.68
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 57.0 0.13 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 6,099.6 13.91 5,382.913.32
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 3.5 0.01 0.0
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0.0 0.00 72.8-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 298.5 0.68 255.616.75
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 7.8 0.02 4.669.22
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 1,187.2 2.71 1,010.717.46
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 19.7 0.04 92.5-78.73
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3.0 0.01 14.8-80.01

US Imports from Sierra Leone

The major share of US imports from Sierra Leone 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) - 41.74% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (21.14% in the first half of 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 27.11% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (4.27% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 8.59% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (3.13% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.07% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (2.52% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.32% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (0.68% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.54% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (0.55% in the first half of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.01% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (62.93% in the first half of 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Sierra Leone in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 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) - an increase of $1,114.6 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $385.3 thousand;
  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather (HS code 41) - an increase of $109.5 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $98.9 thousand;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $64.5 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $60.9 thousand;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - an increase of $57.9 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $43.2 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $25.6 thousand;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - an increase of $24.8 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $22.7 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $20.5 thousand.

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $9,638.3 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 $550.2 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $293.1 thousand;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $158.6 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $104.5 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $76.7 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $60.0 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 $20.0 thousand.
US imports from Sierra Leone 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 18.0 0.28 0.0
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 231.6 3.54 167.138.63
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 98.5 1.51 175.2-43.78
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 17.0 0.26 10.069.60
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3.2 0.05 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 76.2 1.17 33.0130.80
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 7.4 0.11 3.7100.38
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10.6 0.16 0.0
26 Ores, slag and ash 66.3 1.01 9,704.5-99.32
29 Organic chemicals 20.7 0.32 34.4-40.04
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0.0 0.00 10.0-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 4.9 0.07 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 38.7 0.59 24.855.69
40 Rubber and articles thereof 36.4 0.56 15.9128.69
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 145.5 2.22 36.0304.56
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 104.5-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 22.7 0.35 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 21.4 0.33 11.585.69
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0.0 0.00 5.0-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 11.4 0.17 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 3.5-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 17.5 0.27 16.09.33
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 38.7 0.59 54.3-28.74
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 84.0 1.28 26.1221.75
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 98.9 1.51 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 22.4 0.34 5.5309.51
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,773.1 27.11 658.5169.27
73 Articles of iron or steel 81.6 1.25 20.8293.37
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 8.7 0.13 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 38.2 0.58 54.9-30.39
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 433.1 6.62 407.56.29
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 826.7 12.64 1,119.8-26.18
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 714.4 10.92 1,264.7-43.51
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 37.3 0.57 50.4-25.96
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 34.9 0.53 32.95.94
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 27.2 0.42 87.1-68.81
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,090.1 16.66 704.854.67
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 5.0-100.00
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 158.6-100.00
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 19.4 0.30 39.5-50.75
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 35.7 0.55 10.9227.51
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 11.5 0.18 7.847.40
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 12.7 0.19 13.2-3.89
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce