US trade with Zimbabwe in the first half of 2017

Published or Updated: Oct 19, 2017

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

US Trade with Zimbabwe

In the first half of 2017, US trade with Zimbabwe totaled $48.6 million, up 121.65% ($26.7 million) from the first half of 2016.

US exports to Zimbabwe in the first half of 2017 totaled $20.1 million, up 71.62% ($8.4 million) from the first half of 2016.

US imports from Zimbabwe in the first half of 2017 totaled $28.6 million, up 178.67% ($18.3 million) from the first half of 2016.

US trade balance with Zimbabwe went from a surplus of $1.4 million in the first half of 2016, to a deficit of $8.5 million in the first half of 2017.

Zimbabwe was the US 165th largest trading partner in the first half of 2017 (up from 175th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0025% of US total trade (up from 0.0012% in the first half of 2016).

Zimbabwe was the US 167th largest export market in the first half of 2017 (up from 176th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0026% of US total exports (up from 0.0016% in the first half of 2016).

Zimbabwe was the US 135th largest supplier in the first half of 2017 (up from 155th in the first half of 2016), accounting for 0.0024% of US total imports (up from 0.0009% in the first half of 2016).

US Exports to Zimbabwe

The major share of US exports to Zimbabwe in the first half of 2017 (and in the first half of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 63.93% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (61.64% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 13.25% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (14.27% in the first half of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.08% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (13.69% in the first half of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.37% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (2.01% in the first half of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.51% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (2.39% in the first half of 2016).

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,575.3 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $2,071.5 thousand;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - an increase of $1,187.1 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $992.9 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $641.4 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) - an increase of $341.4 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $328.6 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $237.5 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $214.0 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $207.6 thousand;
  • Photographic or cinematographic goods (HS code 37) - an increase of $186.6 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $117.2 thousand;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $99.1 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $67.3 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $67.1 thousand.

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $699.8 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $374.7 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $356.9 thousand;
  • 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 $169.3 thousand;
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (HS code 06) - a decrease of $121.3 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $107.0 thousand;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - a decrease of $84.1 thousand.
US exports to Zimbabwe 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
(%)
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 28.8 0.14 19.348.71
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 0.0 0.00 121.3-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 4.7 0.02 361.7-98.69
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 374.7-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,344.6 6.71 157.5753.61
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 217.4 1.08 3.36,446.72
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 663.1 3.31 610.68.59
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 5.9-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0.0 0.00 9.7-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 67.3 0.34 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 331.7 1.65 3.110,611.66
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 8.4 0.04 21.0-59.79
29 Organic chemicals 15.9 0.08 2.8475.14
30 Pharmaceutical products 215.0 1.07 914.8-76.50
31 Fertilizers 99.1 0.49 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 16.2 0.08 4.0299.26
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 195.3 0.97 153.527.25
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 13.9 0.07 3.3315.62
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 186.6 0.93 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 393.3 1.96 155.8152.47
39 Plastics and articles thereof 804.2 4.01 162.7394.16
40 Rubber and articles thereof 74.0 0.37 181.1-59.11
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 11.8-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 35.4 0.18 119.5-70.37
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 104.8 0.52 53.496.41
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 162.6 0.81 106.852.19
50 Silk 4.0 0.02 0.0
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 10.5-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3.1 0.02 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 6.0-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 15.5 0.08 0.0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3.3 0.02 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 3.2 0.02 0.0
69 Ceramic products 5.6 0.03 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 3.5 0.02 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 379.7 1.89 172.0120.68
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 18.0 0.09 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 10.8 0.05 62.8-82.73
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 67.1 0.33 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 6,245.1 31.15 4,173.649.63
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 870.7 4.34 1,040.0-16.28
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 4.4-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,040.2 20.15 1,464.9175.80
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 1,204.8 6.01 212.0468.39
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 34.1 0.17 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 424.0 2.11 306.838.21
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 25.5-100.00
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 377.5 1.88 36.1944.54
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 45.0 0.22 17.1163.61

US Imports from Zimbabwe

The major share of US imports from Zimbabwe in the first half of 2017 (and in the first half of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 54.54% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (58.53% in the first half of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 37.89% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (16.40% in the first half of 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 0.74% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (2.46% in the first half of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.26% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (8.81% in the first half of 2016).

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $9,539.0 thousand;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $7,728.5 thousand;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $676.9 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $623.2 thousand;
  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather (HS code 41) - an increase of $351.2 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $200.2 thousand;
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (HS code 06) - an increase of $131.9 thousand.

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

  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $828.6 thousand.
US imports from Zimbabwe 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
(%)
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 42.0-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 292.7 1.02 160.882.06
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,062.0 7.22 1,438.843.31
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 41.9 0.15 18.0132.89
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 7,728.5 27.06 0.0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 698.7 2.45 21.83,108.31
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 74.0 0.26 902.7-91.80
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 4.7 0.02 75.5-93.78
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1.2 0.00 8.7-85.94
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 621.8 2.18 270.6129.79
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 35.6 0.12 14.1152.13
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 2.2 0.01 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 28.6 0.10 69.1-58.54
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 20.0 0.07 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 28.9 0.10 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 9.8 0.03 2.9238.16
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 48.2 0.17 46.24.42
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 92.6 0.32 50.683.05
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 38.1 0.13 73.5-48.12
69 Ceramic products 5.0 0.02 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 4.3 0.01 0.0
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 210.5 0.74 252.0-16.48
72 Iron and steel 15,524.1 54.35 5,985.2159.38
75 Nickel and articles thereof 25.8 0.09 0.0
80 Tin and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 7.6-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 29.3 0.10 6.5350.47
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 42.5 0.15 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 17.5 0.06 5.1240.42
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 4.0 0.01 12.3-67.71
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 252.5 0.88 248.11.78
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3.6 0.01 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 490.4 1.72 290.268.97
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce