US trade with Somalia in the first half of 2017

Published or Updated: Oct 19, 2017

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

US Trade with Somalia

In the first half of 2017, US trade with Somalia totaled $34.8 million, up 42.72% ($10.4 million) from the first half of 2016.

US exports to Somalia in the first half of 2017 totaled $34.4 million, up 45.10% ($10.7 million) from the first half of 2016.

US imports from Somalia in the first half of 2017 were $0.3 million, down 46.21% ($0.3 million) from the first half of 2016.

US trade surplus with Somalia in the first half of 2017 was $34.1 million, a 47.61% increase ($11.0 million) over the first half of 2016.

Somalia was the US 170th largest trading partner in the first half of 2017 (just as in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0018% of US total trade (up from 0.0014% in the first half of 2016).

Somalia was the US 150th largest export market in the first half of 2017 (up from 157th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0045% of US total exports (up from 0.0033% in the first half of 2016).

Somalia was the US 205th largest supplier in the first half of 2017 (down from 201st in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0000% of US total imports (down from 0.0001% in the first half of 2016).

US Exports to Somalia

The major share of US exports to Somalia 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) - 55.14% of US total exports to Somalia (37.57% in the first half of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 36.99% of US total exports to Somalia (45.83% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.74% of US total exports to Somalia (4.60% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.63% of US total exports to Somalia (1.76% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.15% of US total exports to Somalia (1.13% in the first half of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Somalia 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 $3,737.7 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $3,489.4 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 $2,287.0 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $1,905.6 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $1,465.8 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $934.7 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $734.7 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $227.0 thousand;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - an increase of $196.9 thousand.

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $2,568.0 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $713.7 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $319.9 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $270.0 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 $233.3 thousand;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $180.6 thousand.
US exports to Somalia 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
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,733.6 7.94 1,798.951.96
10 Cereals 9,183.6 26.67 5,445.968.63
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 22.0-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3,730.6 10.83 241.11,447.20
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 903.3 2.62 168.6435.64
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 270.0-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 2,435.7 7.07 970.0151.12
29 Organic chemicals 9.0 0.03 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 4.4 0.01 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 5.2 0.02 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 135.1 0.39 35.4281.44
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 0.0 0.00 6.4-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3.1 0.01 13.5-77.33
39 Plastics and articles thereof 33.0 0.10 16.4101.22
40 Rubber and articles thereof 26.5 0.08 346.4-92.35
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3.0 0.01 71.5-95.79
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 6.0-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 101.7 0.30 0.0
52 Cotton 3.0 0.01 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 35.2 0.10 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 8.7-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 33.9 0.10 81.3-58.22
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 112.0 0.33 825.7-86.44
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 71.4 0.21 150.7-52.64
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 25.2-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 51.0 0.15 33.253.81
70 Glass and glassware 212.0 0.62 15.11,306.54
72 Iron and steel 0.0 0.00 24.3-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 12.1 0.04 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 23.2-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 40.3 0.12 220.8-81.77
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 615.1 1.79 3,183.1-80.68
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 2,852.3 8.28 565.3404.60
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 8,985.9 26.10 7,080.326.91
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 9.5 0.03 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 274.9 0.80 47.8474.72
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 31.5-100.00
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 104.8 0.30 338.2-69.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 31.3 0.09 0.0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 16.7-100.00

US Imports from Somalia

The major share of US imports from Somalia 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) - 90.97% of US total imports from Somalia (96.46% in the first half of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 6.09% of US total imports from Somalia (0.00% in the first half of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.74% of US total imports from Somalia (0.00% in the first half of 2016).

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

  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $20.8 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $12.9 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $3.4 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 $2.6 thousand.

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

  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts (HS code 13) - a decrease of $217.9 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $90.3 thousand;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $6.6 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $3.6 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $2.7 thousand.
US imports from Somalia 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
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 12.9 3.77 0.0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 6.6-100.00
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 285.7 83.61 503.7-43.27
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 12.3 3.59 102.6-88.04
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 20.8 6.09 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3.4 0.98 0.0
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 2.6 0.75 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 3.6-100.00
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce