US trade (export - import) with Benin in 2016

Published or Updated: May 04, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Benin in 2016: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Benin

In 2016, US trade with Benin was $239.5 million, down 62.41% ($397.6 million) from 2015.

US exports to Benin in 2016 were $232.3 million, down 63.25% ($399.8 million) from 2015.

US imports from Benin in 2016 totaled $7.3 million, up 42.61% ($2.2 million) from 2015.

US trade surplus with Benin in 2016 was $225.0 million, a 64.11% decrease ($402.0 million) over 2015.

Benin was the US 140th largest trading partner in 2016 (down from 108th in 2015), accounting for 0.0065% of US total trade (down from 0.0167% in 2015).

Benin was the US 121st largest export market in 2016 (down from 88th in 2015), accounting for 0.0160% of US total exports (down from 0.0420% in 2015).

Benin was the US 170th largest supplier in 2016 (up from 179th in 2015), accounting for 0.0003% of US total imports (up from 0.0002% in 2015).

US Exports to Benin

The major share of US exports to Benin in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 81.27% of US total exports to Benin (87.84% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 8.64% of US total exports to Benin (6.30% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.17% of US total exports to Benin (0.81% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.18% of US total exports to Benin (1.47% in 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.61% of US total exports to Benin (2.28% in 2015).

The largest gains in US exports to Benin in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $22,846.9 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) - an increase of $5,119.8 thousand;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $3,515.2 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $3,077.6 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1,001.6 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Benin in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $394,351.8 thousand;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $10,604.8 thousand;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $8,360.8 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $4,211.4 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $3,527.6 thousand;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $2,592.3 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $2,494.8 thousand;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $2,385.1 thousand;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $1,433.8 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $1,329.8 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $1,262.3 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $1,155.6 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $1,113.8 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $723.1 thousand.
US exports to Benin in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 6,615.4 2.85 14,976.2-55.83
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 143.5 0.06 2,735.8-94.75
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,276.3 0.98 3,538.6-35.67
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 100.0 0.04 84.019.05
10 Cereals 2,935.6 1.26 4,091.2-28.25
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 125.1 0.05 311.0-59.77
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 95.9-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 638.1 0.27 3,133.0-79.63
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 1,539.1 0.66 2,868.9-46.35
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 137.9-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 2,022.9 0.87 2,746.0-26.33
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 3,656.0 1.57 5,089.8-28.17
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 6.0 0.00 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 9.1 0.00 2,394.2-99.62
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,410.4 0.61 12,015.2-88.26
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 5.0 0.00 220.3-97.73
29 Organic chemicals 3,642.1 1.57 126.92,770.38
30 Pharmaceutical products 3,477.3 1.50 399.7770.05
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 66.8 0.03 13.9381.42
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 2,031.7 0.87 1,961.03.60
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 110.8 0.05 410.4-73.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0.0 0.00 3.1-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 967.9 0.42 353.9173.52
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,372.8 0.59 1,487.9-7.74
40 Rubber and articles thereof 331.3 0.14 124.7165.77
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 9.8 0.00 52.9-81.47
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 5.9-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 14.5 0.01 33.4-56.77
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 184.7 0.08 242.7-23.90
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 14.6-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 5.5 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 37.5-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 117.6 0.05 113.63.48
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 4,788.8 2.06 9,000.2-46.79
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 86.5 0.04 134.4-35.63
65 Headgear and parts thereof 62.8 0.03 0.0
69 Ceramic products 32.5 0.01 12.2165.80
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0.0 0.00 6.7-100.00
72 Iron and steel 0.0 0.00 4.4-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 229.7 0.10 460.7-50.14
74 Copper and articles thereof 34.7 0.01 33.05.24
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 31.4 0.01 28.211.23
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 15.3 0.01 150.8-89.88
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 102.0 0.04 40.4152.22
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 29,482.5 12.69 6,635.6344.31
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 6,190.6 2.67 1,070.8478.13
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 26.9 0.01 6.2330.45
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 151,751.8 65.33 546,103.6-72.21
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 23.4 0.01 0.0
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 3.5 0.00 1,117.3-99.69
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,288.2 0.55 286.6349.54
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 18.0-100.00
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 420.6 0.18 32.91,179.50
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 459.4 0.20 361.127.24
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 150.6 0.06 14.4944.77
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 97.6 0.04 39.5147.43
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,173.3 1.37 6,700.9-52.64

US Imports from Benin

The major share of US imports from Benin in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 65.68% of US total imports from Benin (80.50% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.80% of US total imports from Benin (2.29% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 1.30% of US total imports from Benin (0.49% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.04% of US total imports from Benin (0.95% in 2015).

The largest gains in US imports from Benin in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $1,405.0 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $592.0 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) - an increase of $42.4 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $34.4 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $23.9 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Benin in 2016 over the 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
US imports from Benin in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2015
USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
01 Live animals 97.6 1.34 103.3-5.55
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2.5 0.03 0.0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 3.3 0.04 0.0
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 4.0-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 13.1 0.18 0.0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 4,562.0 62.73 3,970.014.91
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 14.5 0.20 0.0
10 Cereals 9.7 0.13 0.0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 28.6 0.39 18.157.84
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 10.8 0.15 5.0114.39
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 20.5 0.28 0.0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 3.8 0.05 4.8-22.07
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10.6 0.15 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 58.2 0.80 43.434.15
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 71.3 0.98 73.3-2.79
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1.3 0.02 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 72.6 1.00 48.749.15
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3.4 0.05 0.0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 1.0-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0.0 0.00 5.1-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0.0 0.00 3.9-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4.1 0.06 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 34.4 0.47 0.0
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 47.0 0.65 4.6926.32
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 12.9 0.18 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 20.7-100.00
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 104.3 1.43 118.4-11.87
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 31.9 0.44 26.022.91
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 2,054.5 28.25 649.5216.33
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce