US trade with Syria in the first half of 2017

Published or Updated: Oct 20, 2017

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

US Trade with Syria

In the first half of 2017, US trade with Syria totaled $6.3 million, up 18.15% ($1.0 million) from the first half of 2016.

US exports to Syria in the first half of 2017 totaled $2.9 million, up 91.28% ($1.4 million) from the first half of 2016.

US imports from Syria in the first half of 2017 were $3.4 million, down 11.21% ($0.4 million) from the first half of 2016.

US trade deficit with Syria in the first half of 2017 was $0.5 million, a 79.98% decrease ($1.8 million) over the first half of 2016.

Syria was the US 193rd largest trading partner in the first half of 2017 (just as in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0003% of US total trade (just as in the first half of 2016).

Syria was the US 194th largest export market in the first half of 2017 (up from 198th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0004% of US total exports (up from 0.0002% in the first half of 2016).

Syria was the US 177th largest supplier in the first half of 2017 (down from 170th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0003% of US total imports (just as in the first half of 2016).

US Exports to Syria

The major share of US exports to Syria 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) - 67.45% of US total exports to Syria (53.89% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 22.11% of US total exports to Syria (0.00% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.95% of US total exports to Syria (40.72% in the first half of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.00% of US total exports to Syria (5.39% in the first half of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Syria in the first half of 2017 over the first half of 2016 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) - an increase of $1,116.7 thousand;
  • Headgear and parts thereof (HS code 65) - an increase of $582.0 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $40.6 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $35.4 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $27.5 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $13.5 thousand.

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

  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $419.7 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $47.3 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $35.3 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $30.5 thousand;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $25.9 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $10.3 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $9.7 thousand.
US exports to Syria 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 40.6 1.39 0.0
10 Cereals 53.5 1.83 51.04.90
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,881.0 64.23 764.3146.10
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0.0 0.00 9.7-100.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0.0 0.00 5.4-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 8.1 0.28 34.0-76.23
30 Pharmaceutical products 39.9 1.36 70.4-43.28
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 74.8 2.55 494.5-84.87
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0.0 0.00 10.3-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 22.3 0.76 8.8152.95
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 2.6 0.09 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 27.5 0.94 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 35.4 1.21 0.0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 582.0 19.88 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0.0 0.00 47.3-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 35.3-100.00

US Imports from Syria

The major share of US imports from Syria 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) - 62.08% of US total imports from Syria (56.87% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.81% of US total imports from Syria (0.68% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.38% of US total imports from Syria (0.14% in the first half of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.91% of US total imports from Syria (3.80% in the first half of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.37% of US total imports from Syria (1.95% in the first half of 2016).

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

  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $510.9 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $45.8 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $41.5 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) - an increase of $23.8 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $20.0 thousand.

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

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $356.5 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $234.2 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $146.7 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $140.3 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $113.3 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $52.6 thousand;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $10.8 thousand.
US imports from Syria 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
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 9.0 0.27 0.0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 101.3 2.99 248.0-59.14
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,626.3 48.04 1,115.445.80
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 198.9 5.87 555.4-64.19
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 9.5 0.28 12.9-26.01
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 85.0 2.51 43.595.47
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 67.0 1.98 180.3-62.84
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 4.4 0.13 6.9-35.92
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0.0 0.00 6.1-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 10.5 0.31 2.7291.25
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 23.8 0.70 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 12.4 0.37 2.7366.44
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 1.0-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2.4 0.07 142.7-98.35
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 8.5 0.25 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 20.0 0.59 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0.0 0.00 2.3-100.00
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 0.6-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.4 0.01 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1.1 0.03 3.6-69.85
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2.1 0.06 54.7-96.12
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 8.8 0.26 14.2-38.51
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 1.0-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 969.5 28.64 1,203.7-19.46
70 Glass and glassware 0.0 0.00 8.0-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 45.8 1.35 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 15.3 0.45 26.1-41.21
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 6.0-100.00
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 66.9 1.98 61.88.30
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6.4 0.19 0.0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2.5 0.07 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2.4 0.07 0.0
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce