US trade (export - import) with Uganda in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 15, 2019

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

US Trade with Uganda

In 2018, US trade with Uganda was $157.8 million, down 16.65% ($31.5 million) from 2017.

US exports to Uganda in 2018 were $86.5 million, down 19.77% ($21.3 million) from 2017.

US imports from Uganda in 2018 were $71.3 million, down 12.53% ($10.2 million) from 2017.

US trade surplus with Uganda in 2018 was $15.2 million, a 42.20% decrease ($11.1 million) over 2017.

Uganda was the US 152nd largest trading partner in 2018 (down from 147th in 2017), accounting for 0.0037% of US total trade (down from 0.0048% in 2017).

Uganda was the US 152nd largest export market in 2018 (down from 139th in 2017), accounting for 0.0052% of US total exports (down from 0.0070% in 2017).

Uganda was the US 132nd largest supplier in 2018 (down from 128th in 2017), accounting for 0.0027% of US total imports (down from 0.0034% in 2017).

US Exports to Uganda

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 58.27% of US total exports to Uganda (78.65% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 22.92% of US total exports to Uganda (9.59% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.14% of US total exports to Uganda (1.53% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.67% of US total exports to Uganda (3.57% in 2017);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 3.03% of US total exports to Uganda (2.73% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.05% of US total exports to Uganda (0.93% in 2017).

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

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $4.5 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $2.5 million;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $2.4 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $1.2 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $1.0 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $0.7 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $0.5 million;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $0.5 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - an increase of $0.3 million.

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $27.8 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $3.6 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $2.2 million;
  • 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 (HS code 86) - a decrease of $0.9 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $0.8 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $0.7 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $0.5 million.
US exports to Uganda 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 0.0 0.00 4.7-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 458.1 0.53 0.0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 12.5 0.01 14.1-11.52
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 7.0 0.01 2.6168.20
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 24.8 0.03 0.0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 288.4 0.33 821.2-64.88
10 Cereals 165.4 0.19 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 392.2 0.45 102.5282.49
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 13.0 0.02 0.0
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 48.0 0.06 0.0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 5.1 0.01 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 357.0 0.41 32.8987.45
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 3.9 0.00 0.0
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0.0 0.00 29.0-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 99.1 0.11 122.1-18.88
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 25.7 0.03 3.5633.82
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3.1 0.00 17.0-81.76
29 Organic chemicals 1,206.3 1.39 490.0146.19
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,429.7 2.81 1,227.198.00
31 Fertilizers 3.8 0.00 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 111.5 0.13 172.8-35.47
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,611.0 1.86 1,143.440.89
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 143.3 0.17 100.742.36
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 19.4 0.02 26.1-25.78
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 195.0 0.23 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 16.4 0.02 61.9-73.49
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 6,020.7 6.96 3,514.071.34
39 Plastics and articles thereof 7,959.1 9.20 3,439.0131.44
40 Rubber and articles thereof 102.6 0.12 149.0-31.14
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 2.7 0.00 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 86.9 0.10 251.2-65.40
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 12.5-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 2,833.8 3.28 3,649.4-22.35
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 337.7 0.39 188.878.82
52 Cotton 17.6 0.02 0.0
54 Man-made filaments 5.4 0.01 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 51.7 0.06 117.0-55.78
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 5.2 0.01 8.9-41.89
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 17.1 0.02 42.8-59.95
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 35.5 0.04 225.8-84.30
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 358.5 0.41 49.5624.11
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,166.6 1.35 1,829.9-36.25
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 855.4 0.99 569.850.14
65 Headgear and parts thereof 103.0 0.12 94.09.54
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0.0 0.00 5.6-100.00
69 Ceramic products 82.4 0.10 48.071.51
70 Glass and glassware 114.7 0.13 212.0-45.88
72 Iron and steel 85.9 0.10 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,053.0 1.22 729.044.45
74 Copper and articles thereof 2.9 0.00 17.9-84.07
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,519.9 2.91 77.33,159.15
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0.0 0.00 2.6-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 285.5 0.33 434.8-34.32
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 501.8 0.58 383.930.71
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 12,849.5 14.86 16,492.3-22.09
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 8,965.9 10.37 8,989.8-0.27
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 0.0 0.00 938.4-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,738.5 2.01 1,431.621.44
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 20,840.7 24.10 48,674.6-57.18
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 19.3 0.02 47.3-59.24
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 5,978.1 6.91 8,196.5-27.07
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 6.1 0.01 5.316.08
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 19.6 0.02 6.0227.17
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 693.3 0.80 490.541.35
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 260.7 0.30 443.6-41.23
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 291.9 0.34 126.6130.51
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 100.1 0.12 34.8187.96
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 3.7-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 2,465.6 2.85 1,475.667.09

US Imports from Uganda

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 76.42% of US total imports from Uganda (71.17% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 3.34% of US total imports from Uganda (8.46% in 2017);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 2.22% of US total imports from Uganda (0.87% in 2017);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 2.18% of US total imports from Uganda (0.29% in 2017);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.96% of US total imports from Uganda (0.18% in 2017).

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

  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - an increase of $1.3 million;
  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $0.9 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $0.8 million;
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (HS code 06) - an increase of $0.8 million;
  • 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 $0.3 million.

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $5.4 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $4.7 million;
  • Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes (HS code 35) - a decrease of $4.3 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $0.3 million.
US imports from Uganda 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 2,797.6 3.92 2,788.10.34
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 1,956.9 2.75 1,146.570.69
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 63.6 0.09 8.4656.98
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 48.7 0.07 208.7-76.68
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 48,189.5 67.61 52,918.8-8.94
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 39.1 0.05 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 781.6 1.10 598.530.60
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 140.3-100.00
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 10.1 0.01 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 331.6 0.47 129.2156.64
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 155.9 0.22 50.0211.88
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 4.6 0.01 0.0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 86.8 0.12 11.9626.58
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 6.8 0.01 0.0
26 Ores, slag and ash 1,581.4 2.22 710.0122.73
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0.0 0.00 199.6-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 12.4-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 18.3 0.03 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 9.2 0.01 17.0-45.80
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,352.9 3.30 6,665.0-64.70
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2.3 0.00 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 3.9-100.00
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 8.7 0.01 6.925.77
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 200.0 0.28 123.462.09
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 19.3 0.03 59.5-67.57
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 364.4 0.51 229.858.60
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 26.4 0.04 2.21,107.99
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 8.5 0.01 9.9-13.43
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 28.3 0.04 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.8 0.00 0.0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 9.2-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 58.4 0.08 403.8-85.53
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 26.9 0.04 12.7112.27
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 18.6 0.03 20.4-8.70
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 116.1 0.16 140.4-17.30
65 Headgear and parts thereof 15.4 0.02 27.1-43.07
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 0.3-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 17.0 0.02 12.337.42
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 42.8-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,555.1 2.18 237.4555.03
74 Copper and articles thereof 2.4 0.00 12.9-81.68
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 123.3 0.17 57.1116.08
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 370.5 0.52 26.41,304.87
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 6.6 0.01 6.8-2.35
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 896.5 1.26 55.01,528.78
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 5.3 0.01 0.0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 11.7-100.00
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 0.0 0.00 11.5-100.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 75.9 0.11 26.7184.58
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 16.9 0.02 52.2-67.59
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 13.9 0.02 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 8,868.5 12.44 14,287.9-37.93
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce