US trade (export - import) with Zimbabwe in 2018

Published or Updated: Jul 04, 2019

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

US Trade with Zimbabwe

In 2018, US trade with Zimbabwe totaled $111.8 million, up 15.89% ($15.3 million) from 2017.

US exports to Zimbabwe in 2018 were $33.5 million, down 16.80% ($6.8 million) from 2017.

US imports from Zimbabwe in 2018 totaled $78.3 million, up 39.34% ($22.1 million) from 2017.

US trade deficit with Zimbabwe in 2018 was $44.7 million, a 181.96% increase ($28.9 million) over 2017.

Zimbabwe was the US 163rd largest trading partner in 2018 (up from 165th in 2017), accounting for 0.0026% of US total trade (up from 0.0024% in 2017).

Zimbabwe was the US 175th largest export market in 2018 (down from 169th in 2017), accounting for 0.0020% of US total exports (down from 0.0026% in 2017).

Zimbabwe was the US 131st largest supplier in 2018 (up from 138th in 2017), accounting for 0.0030% of US total imports (up from 0.0023% in 2017).

US Exports to Zimbabwe

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 69.57% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (69.12% in 2017);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.98% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (13.83% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 8.78% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (7.75% in 2017);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.55% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (1.57% in 2017);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.85% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (1.56% in 2017).

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $536.8 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $512.5 thousand;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $484.1 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $390.8 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $175.5 thousand;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $132.9 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $103.3 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Zimbabwe 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 $3,324.5 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $2,308.7 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $688.8 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $562.7 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $365.2 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $290.8 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $260.6 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $246.1 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $232.6 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $193.5 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $193.3 thousand;
  • Photographic or cinematographic goods (HS code 37) - a decrease of $153.9 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 $122.1 thousand.
US exports to Zimbabwe 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 390.8 1.17 0.0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 50.7 0.15 28.876.20
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 114.7 0.34 117.2-2.08
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 3.2 0.01 10.9-71.12
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,632.6 4.87 1,597.02.22
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 56.1 0.17 249.6-77.54
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 58.2-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 430.5 1.28 663.1-35.08
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 175.5 0.52 0.0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 67.3-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 40.9 0.12 331.7-87.66
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 47.9 0.14 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 19.7 0.06 8.4133.56
29 Organic chemicals 191.8 0.57 58.9225.52
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,226.2 3.66 1,788.9-31.46
31 Fertilizers 0.0 0.00 99.1-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 42.9 0.13 16.2165.32
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 150.2 0.45 343.6-56.27
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 5.3 0.02 18.8-72.11
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 39.0 0.12 192.9-79.78
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,829.9 5.46 1,816.20.76
39 Plastics and articles thereof 145.8 0.43 834.6-82.53
40 Rubber and articles thereof 31.1 0.09 396.3-92.16
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 9.5-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3.1 0.01 0.0
45 Cork and articles of cork 6.9 0.02 0.0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 692.2 2.06 208.1232.58
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 217.2 0.65 113.990.73
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 273.4 0.82 311.2-12.14
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 4.0-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 14.4 0.04 0.0
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 9.6-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 2.8 0.01 3.1-8.17
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 19.7 0.06 15.130.93
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 4.0 0.01 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 8.0 0.02 19.7-59.47
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3.0 0.01 3.3-9.17
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 4.1 0.01 0.0
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 5.6-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 32.9 0.10 6.5402.88
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 10.9 0.03 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 219.9 0.66 466.0-52.81
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3.7 0.01 22.8-83.60
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 56.8 0.17 71.8-20.91
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5.4 0.02 67.1-91.90
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 11,746.9 35.03 11,210.04.79
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 1,262.0 3.76 4,586.5-72.48
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 20.7 0.06 4.3386.42
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 8,559.5 25.52 8,047.06.37
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 829.7 2.47 3,138.4-73.56
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 58.6 0.17 34.171.98
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 855.7 2.55 841.61.67
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 7.3-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 10.3 0.03 0.0
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 260.9 0.78 383.0-31.88
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 14.9 0.04 53.0-71.88
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 13.8 0.04 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 1,700.8 5.07 1,961.4-13.28

US Imports from Zimbabwe

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

  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 74.35% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (51.26% in 2017);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 20.81% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (40.79% in 2017).

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $28,255.8 thousand;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $2,268.4 thousand;
  • Nickel and articles thereof (HS code 75) - an increase of $1,122.8 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $857.2 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $372.1 thousand;
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (HS code 06) - an increase of $304.8 thousand.

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

  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $10,535.8 thousand;
  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather (HS code 41) - a decrease of $407.3 thousand.
US imports from Zimbabwe 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
(%)
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 25.3 0.03 0.0
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 939.1 1.20 634.348.05
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 5,584.1 7.13 4,726.918.14
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 119.2 0.15 51.9129.61
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 21.6 0.03 3.3556.76
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 6,198.6 7.92 16,734.4-62.96
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 372.1 0.48 0.0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 3,029.6 3.87 761.1298.03
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 255.1 0.33 248.92.53
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 30.6 0.04 202.1-84.85
39 Plastics and articles thereof 14.1 0.02 2.2544.17
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 610.7 0.78 1,018.0-40.01
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 55.4 0.07 73.6-24.72
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0.5 0.00 2.2-77.50
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 168.3 0.21 98.371.13
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 23.3 0.03 65.6-64.42
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 28.9-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5.5 0.01 21.4-74.43
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 3.1-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 110.0 0.14 123.7-11.13
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 29.3 0.04 4.5547.90
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 146.8 0.19 122.419.93
65 Headgear and parts thereof 2.4 0.00 0.5345.79
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 66.3 0.08 135.7-51.13
69 Ceramic products 7.1 0.01 52.3-86.49
70 Glass and glassware 4.7 0.01 4.310.62
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 49.3 0.06 231.4-78.68
72 Iron and steel 56,985.7 72.80 28,729.998.35
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,148.7 1.47 25.84,345.39
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 64.5 0.08 39.364.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 7.3 0.01 72.2-89.86
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 8.3 0.01 47.3-82.44
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 84.4 0.11 2.33,585.28
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 5.9 0.01 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 20.9-100.00
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 36.9 0.05 9.1306.75
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 965.2 1.23 861.911.98
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 21.4-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 673.9 0.86 731.8-7.92
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 422.9 0.54 261.261.87
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Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce