US trade (export - import) with Trinidad and Tobago in 2018

Published or Updated: Jun 03, 2019

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

US Trade with Trinidad and Tobago

In 2018, US trade with Trinidad and Tobago totaled $5,968.5 million, up 11.73% ($626.4 million) from 2017.

US exports to Trinidad and Tobago in 2018 totaled $2,109.4 million, up 16.24% ($294.7 million) from 2017.

US imports from Trinidad and Tobago in 2018 totaled $3,859.1 million, up 9.40% ($331.6 million) from 2017.

US trade deficit with Trinidad and Tobago in 2018 was $1,749.7 million, a 2.15% increase ($36.9 million) over 2017.

Trinidad and Tobago was the US 59th largest trading partner in 2018 (just as in 2017), accounting for 0.1394% of US total trade (up from 0.1351% in 2017).

Trinidad and Tobago was the US 63rd largest export market in 2018 (up from 64th in 2017), accounting for 0.1267% of US total exports (up from 0.1174% in 2017).

Trinidad and Tobago was the US 59th largest supplier in 2018 (down from 57th in 2017), accounting for 0.1475% of US total imports (up from 0.1465% in 2017).

US Exports to Trinidad and Tobago

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 38.70% of US total exports to Trinidad and Tobago (42.66% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 16.82% of US total exports to Trinidad and Tobago (19.05% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 15.10% of US total exports to Trinidad and Tobago (14.70% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 8.17% of US total exports to Trinidad and Tobago (3.64% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.87% of US total exports to Trinidad and Tobago (5.27% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.45% of US total exports to Trinidad and Tobago (2.55% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.49% of US total exports to Trinidad and Tobago (1.59% in 2017).

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

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $104.6 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $64.1 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $35.9 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $27.7 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $25.9 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $22.0 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $8.9 million;
  • 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 $7.4 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $7.0 million;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $6.4 million.

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

  • 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 $23.3 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $16.1 million;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $7.9 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $7.4 million.
US exports to Trinidad and Tobago 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
(%)
01 Live animals 802.5 0.04 717.211.89
02 Meat and edible meat offal 37,869.0 1.80 40,230.7-5.87
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 3,848.3 0.18 4,548.0-15.38
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 32,030.2 1.52 34,862.4-8.12
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,295.6 0.06 1,027.926.04
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 119.9 0.01 101.618.04
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 10,631.2 0.50 9,553.711.28
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 19,040.1 0.90 16,831.813.12
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,332.7 0.11 2,958.1-21.14
10 Cereals 52,769.4 2.50 45,780.615.27
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 6,900.9 0.33 6,912.7-0.17
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 15,370.6 0.73 13,692.912.25
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 365.6 0.02 326.312.05
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 105.4 0.00 323.8-67.44
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 17,684.0 0.84 15,218.416.20
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 5,511.5 0.26 5,694.8-3.22
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 5,119.1 0.24 4,632.510.50
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 7,293.3 0.35 7,410.5-1.58
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 28,577.5 1.35 30,342.9-5.82
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 12,068.7 0.57 12,797.4-5.69
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 28,955.0 1.37 28,242.62.52
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 16,426.3 0.78 16,956.6-3.13
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 48,446.2 2.30 44,294.39.37
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,162.7 0.06 2,226.4-47.78
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 5,674.8 0.27 3,884.346.10
26 Ores, slag and ash 113.5 0.01 177.4-35.99
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 166,584.8 7.90 61,944.2168.93
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 15,852.1 0.75 12,710.824.71
29 Organic chemicals 20,848.6 0.99 16,068.729.75
30 Pharmaceutical products 10,679.8 0.51 9,630.610.89
31 Fertilizers 716.6 0.03 1,237.9-42.11
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 22,735.1 1.08 21,770.54.43
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 50,592.9 2.40 53,893.1-6.12
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 26,592.8 1.26 19,220.838.35
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 4,467.0 0.21 3,815.117.09
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 1,429.8 0.07 1,117.028.01
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 1,168.7 0.06 1,227.0-4.75
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 63,470.6 3.01 41,506.352.92
39 Plastics and articles thereof 81,346.8 3.86 72,458.512.27
40 Rubber and articles thereof 18,603.8 0.88 12,166.252.91
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 28.4 0.00 61.7-53.88
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,857.3 0.09 2,203.1-15.69
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 1,451.9 0.07 755.192.29
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 17,669.8 0.84 18,041.0-2.06
45 Cork and articles of cork 0.0 0.00 18.4-100.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 15.1 0.00 37.7-60.03
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 4,192.7 0.20 2,279.083.97
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 25,012.7 1.19 21,485.116.42
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 4,706.1 0.22 4,423.76.38
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 9.0-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 162.9 0.01 20.0714.42
52 Cotton 383.5 0.02 365.94.81
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 53.8 0.00 6.1781.16
54 Man-made filaments 690.5 0.03 845.2-18.31
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,750.7 0.08 2,048.8-14.55
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,595.8 0.08 1,076.448.25
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,563.9 0.07 2,013.5-22.33
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 243.7 0.01 253.4-3.83
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,629.7 0.08 1,907.6-14.57
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 739.2 0.04 488.051.50
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,854.6 0.14 2,706.55.47
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 7,056.4 0.33 5,277.033.72
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 5,291.4 0.25 4,442.619.11
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 4,345.0 0.21 4,462.7-2.64
65 Headgear and parts thereof 360.4 0.02 360.30.01
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 254.4 0.01 266.5-4.54
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 2,418.0 0.11 2,332.03.69
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 4,729.4 0.22 5,497.1-13.96
69 Ceramic products 3,722.8 0.18 3,060.721.63
70 Glass and glassware 3,568.4 0.17 3,222.210.74
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,721.1 0.27 2,344.2144.05
72 Iron and steel 2,590.7 0.12 9,997.9-74.09
73 Articles of iron or steel 73,783.8 3.50 47,889.454.07
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,136.7 0.05 1,440.3-21.08
75 Nickel and articles thereof 2,917.9 0.14 419.7595.25
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 17,906.9 0.85 15,863.412.88
78 Lead and articles thereof 78.4 0.00 507.3-84.54
79 Zinc and articles thereof 705.7 0.03 192.2267.26
80 Tin and articles thereof 170.1 0.01 301.8-43.66
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 225.9 0.01 263.9-14.40
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 16,544.3 0.78 11,520.243.61
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7,654.7 0.36 7,153.97.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 426,447.9 20.22 362,353.717.69
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 180,580.7 8.56 203,913.0-11.44
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 3,248.8 0.15 1,067.2204.43
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 16,966.6 0.80 21,555.5-21.29
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 80,488.7 3.82 96,621.6-16.70
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 5,068.9 0.24 12,944.3-60.84
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 103,433.1 4.90 75,694.336.65
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 1,525.1 0.07 446.0241.96
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 865.1 0.04 660.231.05
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 1,243.7 0.06 685.981.33
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 31,399.0 1.49 30,164.74.09
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 14,039.4 0.67 10,566.932.86
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 21,551.0 1.02 18,761.414.87
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 500.4 0.02 100.3398.88
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 148,618.0 7.05 112,717.331.85

US Imports from Trinidad and Tobago

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 44.29% of US total imports from Trinidad and Tobago (42.53% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 33.11% of US total imports from Trinidad and Tobago (37.10% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 15.46% of US total imports from Trinidad and Tobago (15.28% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 1.23% of US total imports from Trinidad and Tobago (1.63% in 2017).

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

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $210.6 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $100.7 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $79.0 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $57.9 million.

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

  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - a decrease of $91.9 million;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $18.9 million.
US imports from Trinidad and Tobago 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
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 21,969.1 0.57 29,322.6-25.08
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 510.8 0.01 542.7-5.88
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 66.6 0.00 41.460.89
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,139.3 0.03 1,206.2-5.55
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 35.1 0.00 0.0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 35.0 0.00 50.2-30.30
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 405.0 0.01 509.4-20.48
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,562.8 0.04 1,835.5-14.85
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 355.8 0.01 445.0-20.03
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 3,007.8 0.08 3,119.8-3.59
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 558.3 0.01 524.66.44
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 12,121.7 0.31 11,816.92.58
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 5,867.0 0.15 8,192.5-28.39
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 57.0 0.00 204.8-72.19
26 Ores, slag and ash 89.2 0.00 1,464.0-93.90
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,709,104.3 44.29 1,498,513.414.05
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 563,799.3 14.61 655,663.3-14.01
29 Organic chemicals 525,511.1 13.62 446,489.817.70
30 Pharmaceutical products 3.1 0.00 4.5-32.11
31 Fertilizers 183,297.2 4.75 202,239.1-9.37
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 23.3 0.00 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 421.0 0.01 445.3-5.44
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 340.2 0.01 407.7-16.54
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 21.3 0.00 20.16.04
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 13.8 0.00 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 4,036.4 0.10 3,570.613.05
40 Rubber and articles thereof 93.5 0.00 18.2414.97
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 5.5 0.00 1.0452.50
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 211.2 0.01 61.7242.35
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,905.0 0.08 3,264.6-11.01
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 12.6 0.00 24.1-47.92
54 Man-made filaments 1.8 0.00 0.0
55 Man-made staple fibers 12.8 0.00 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3.2 0.00 0.0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.0 0.00 1.6-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1.5 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 5.2 0.00 0.41,176.89
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 5.4 0.00 9.4-42.51
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 20.2 0.00 0.0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2.3 0.00 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0.0 0.00 6.9-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0.0 0.00 6.5-100.00
69 Ceramic products 136.6 0.00 11.11,125.67
70 Glass and glassware 310.1 0.01 63.0392.06
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,697.3 0.15 6,021.7-5.39
72 Iron and steel 595,071.8 15.42 537,184.010.78
73 Articles of iron or steel 151.7 0.00 194.0-21.81
74 Copper and articles thereof 332.2 0.01 930.9-64.31
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 320.6-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 749.3 0.02 411.881.97
78 Lead and articles thereof 11.1 0.00 37.6-70.44
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 104.0 0.00 12.0763.80
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 34.5 0.00 32.17.47
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 9.3-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 7,204.3 0.19 3,188.4125.95
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 1,642.6 0.04 786.3108.89
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 215.9 0.01 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 23.8 0.00 410.9-94.21
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 70.3 0.00 15.2362.17
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,041.4 0.08 2,976.12.19
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 40.1 0.00 48.9-17.87
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 2,272.2 0.06 2,990.2-24.01
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 10.8 0.00 18.6-41.66
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 4.5 0.00 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2,225.7 0.06 390.9469.41
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 202,128.7 5.24 101,395.999.35
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce