US trade (export - import) with Syria in 2018

Published or Updated: Jun 17, 2019

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

US Trade with Syria

In 2018, US trade with Syria totaled $57.0 million, up 292.36% ($42.5 million) from 2017.

US exports to Syria in 2018 totaled $50.7 million, up 621.38% ($43.7 million) from 2017.

US imports from Syria in 2018 were $6.3 million, down 16.48% ($1.2 million) from 2017.

US trade balance with Syria went from a deficit of $0.5 million in 2017, to a surplus of $44.5 million in 2018.

Syria was the US 176th largest trading partner in 2018 (up from 190th in 2017), accounting for 0.0013% of US total trade (up from 0.0004% in 2017).

Syria was the US 167th largest export market in 2018 (up from 194th in 2017), accounting for 0.0030% of US total exports (up from 0.0005% in 2017).

Syria was the US 180th largest supplier in 2018 (down from 174th in 2017), accounting for 0.0002% of US total imports (down from 0.0003% in 2017).

US Exports to Syria

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.48% of US total exports to Syria (75.23% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.26% of US total exports to Syria (5.06% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.98% of US total exports to Syria (7.84% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.02% of US total exports to Syria (9.21% in 2017).

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $45,068.2 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $599.6 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $595.4 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $201.1 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $187.0 thousand.

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

  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $2,279.6 thousand;
  • Headgear and parts thereof (HS code 65) - a decrease of $582.0 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $194.3 thousand.
US exports to Syria 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
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 722.0 1.42 603.319.68
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0.0 0.00 61.6-100.00
10 Cereals 288.3 0.57 161.378.78
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,667.0 3.29 3,946.6-57.76
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,117.5 2.20 517.8115.80
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 8.1-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 273.6 0.54 86.6215.85
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 110.3 0.22 304.6-63.78
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 3.3-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 3.5 0.01 112.1-96.87
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 54.0 0.11 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 58.0 0.11 37.056.92
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6.4 0.01 6.40.14
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 23.2 0.05 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 2.6-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 27.5-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9.0 0.02 35.4-74.46
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 582.0-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 203.9 0.40 2.96,981.08
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 31.4 0.06 36.7-14.37
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 911.8 1.80 316.4188.20
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 45,248.3 89.20 180.125,022.34

US Imports from Syria

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 57.30% of US total imports from Syria (62.39% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.78% of US total imports from Syria (1.20% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.40% of US total imports from Syria (1.09% in 2017).

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $763.5 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $451.8 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $147.5 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $119.5 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $57.5 thousand;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $29.1 thousand.

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

  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $1,878.1 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $582.2 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $103.9 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $77.1 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 $52.8 thousand;
  • 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 (HS code 34) - a decrease of $48.4 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $41.7 thousand;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $20.5 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $20.0 thousand;
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - a decrease of $19.9 thousand.
US imports from Syria 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 9.1 0.14 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 29.3 0.47 14.798.65
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 39.0 0.62 116.1-66.38
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,874.2 29.96 3,752.3-50.05
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 16.1 0.26 0.0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 11.3 0.18 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 672.6 10.75 220.9204.55
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 48.9 0.78 19.8147.46
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 5.0 0.08 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 412.3 6.59 292.840.80
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 334.9 5.35 187.578.68
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 94.6 1.51 37.2154.65
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 37.8 0.60 32.815.35
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 29.9 0.48 24.621.85
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 2.7 0.04 51.1-94.71
39 Plastics and articles thereof 16.5 0.26 14.017.39
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 0.8-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 12.5 0.20 24.0-47.93
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 4.4 0.07 8.5-48.67
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 20.0-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3.7 0.06 0.0
52 Cotton 1.5 0.02 0.0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1.2 0.02 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 0.3-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 0.4-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 8.8 0.14 4.498.74
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 6.5 0.10 15.7-58.59
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 11.5 0.18 18.2-37.11
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,315.1 21.02 1,897.3-30.68
70 Glass and glassware 10.1 0.16 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 7.4 0.12 49.1-84.89
74 Copper and articles thereof 5.6 0.09 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 11.8 0.19 32.3-63.47
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 9.9 0.16 15.3-35.06
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 0.0 0.00 4.9-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 6.8-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 19.9-100.00
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 67.5 1.08 120.3-43.88
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 11.0 0.18 15.4-28.61
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2.7 0.04 2.57.73
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 161.8 2.59 265.6-39.10
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 969.5 15.50 206.0370.71
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Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce