US trade (export - import) with Somalia in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 07, 2019

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

US Trade with Somalia

In 2018, US trade with Somalia was $54.9 million, down 25.19% ($18.5 million) from 2017.

US exports to Somalia in 2018 were $53.9 million, down 25.64% ($18.6 million) from 2017.

US imports from Somalia in 2018 totaled $1.1 million, up 7.19% ($0.1 million) from 2017.

US trade surplus with Somalia in 2018 was $52.8 million, a 26.11% decrease ($18.6 million) over 2017.

Somalia was the US 178th largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 170th in 2017), accounting for 0.0013% of US total trade (down from 0.0019% in 2017).

Somalia was the US 165th largest export market in 2018 (down from 154th in 2017), accounting for 0.0032% of US total exports (down from 0.0047% in 2017).

Somalia was the US 202nd largest supplier in 2018 (up from 205th in 2017), accounting for 0.0000% of US total imports (just as in 2017).

US Exports to Somalia

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 76.97% of US total exports to Somalia (54.83% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 14.65% of US total exports to Somalia (37.53% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.97% of US total exports to Somalia (0.52% in 2017).

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

  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $4,558.7 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $2,481.8 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $417.1 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $335.9 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $233.0 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $223.4 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $219.6 thousand;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $186.0 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 $173.0 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Somalia 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) - a decrease of $14,719.7 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $3,043.3 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $2,816.0 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $2,108.9 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 $1,775.6 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $1,521.4 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $1,046.1 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $385.0 thousand;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - a decrease of $217.3 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) - a decrease of $164.4 thousand.
US exports to Somalia 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 65.6 0.12 0.0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 2.6 0.00 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,971.5 5.52 4,017.6-26.04
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0.0 0.00 12.4-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 35.9 0.07 0.0
10 Cereals 11,999.0 22.28 13,520.4-11.25
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 2,745.4 5.10 5,561.4-50.63
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 20.7 0.04 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 8,163.3 15.16 5,681.543.68
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 499.1 0.93 526.0-5.10
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 14,949.1 27.76 10,390.443.87
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 186.0 0.35 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 9.0-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 71.4 0.13 4.41,531.48
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0.0 0.00 5.2-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 440.0 0.82 207.0112.56
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 22.5 0.04 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 25.0 0.05 30.6-18.36
39 Plastics and articles thereof 245.7 0.46 90.3172.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 256.4 0.48 33.0676.99
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 176.0 0.33 3.05,757.84
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 13.1 0.02 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 18.1 0.03 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 18.1 0.03 101.7-82.23
52 Cotton 4.2 0.01 3.038.37
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 76.0 0.14 55.237.68
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 62.5 0.12 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 31.6 0.06 42.2-25.19
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 120.7 0.22 148.3-18.62
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 62.7 0.12 71.4-12.14
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 4.5 0.01 51.0-91.27
69 Ceramic products 7.4 0.01 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 0.0 0.00 217.3-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0.0 0.00 3.0-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 352.9 0.66 16.91,983.50
74 Copper and articles thereof 2.8 0.01 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 20.2 0.04 4.9310.54
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 55.4 0.10 54.61.47
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 28.4 0.05 8.4239.11
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 750.0 1.39 3,793.3-80.23
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 4,020.0 7.46 5,795.5-30.64
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,347.6 2.50 16,067.3-91.61
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 426.6 0.79 9.54,391.02
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 219.6 0.41 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,127.4 2.09 1,512.3-25.46
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 3.4 0.01 0.0
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 54.5 0.10 92.3-40.90
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 155.6 0.29 320.0-51.37
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 140.2 0.26 31.3348.39
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 29.4 0.05 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 1,825.4 3.39 3,934.3-53.60

US Imports from Somalia

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

  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 49.77% of US total imports from Somalia (0.38% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 23.19% of US total imports from Somalia (60.78% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 22.17% of US total imports from Somalia (35.34% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.79% of US total imports from Somalia (0.03% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.00% of US total imports from Somalia (2.06% in 2017).

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

  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $534.4 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 $172.8 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $14.2 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $11.5 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $5.4 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $5.2 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $4.8 thousand;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - an increase of $4.8 thousand.

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

  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts (HS code 13) - a decrease of $347.5 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $295.0 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $20.8 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $12.9 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $6.7 thousand.
US imports from Somalia 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
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 17.9 1.66 30.8-41.77
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 4.8 0.44 0.0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 214.2 19.81 561.7-61.87
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 13.9 1.29 20.7-32.65
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 538.2 49.77 3.814,050.78
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 20.8-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.4 0.04 0.317.85
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 14.2 1.32 0.0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 4.8 0.44 0.0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5.2 0.48 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 28.0 2.59 323.0-91.32
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 206.3 19.08 33.5515.35
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 5.4 0.50 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2.4 0.22 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 25.7 2.38 14.280.97
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce