US trade (export - import) with Benin in 2017

Published or Updated: May 08, 2018

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Benin in 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Benin

In 2017, US trade with Benin totaled $269.9 million, up 12.67% ($30.3 million) from 2016.

US exports to Benin in 2017 totaled $251.8 million, up 8.40% ($19.5 million) from 2016.

US imports from Benin in 2017 totaled $18.1 million, up 148.92% ($10.8 million) from 2016.

US trade surplus with Benin in 2017 was $233.7 million, a 3.86% increase ($8.7 million) over 2016.

Benin was the US 137th largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 140th in 2016), accounting for 0.0068% of US total trade (up from 0.0065% in 2016).

Benin was the US 118th largest export market in 2017 (up from 121st in 2016), accounting for 0.0163% of US total exports (up from 0.0160% in 2016).

Benin was the US 156th largest supplier in 2017 (up from 170th in 2016), accounting for 0.0008% of US total imports (up from 0.0003% in 2016).

US Exports to Benin

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 72.98% of US total exports to Benin (81.27% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 17.66% of US total exports to Benin (8.64% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 4.51% of US total exports to Benin (0.61% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.68% of US total exports to Benin (2.18% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.60% of US total exports to Benin (5.17% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Benin in 2017 over 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 $22.8 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $9.9 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $8.3 million;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $5.6 million;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $4.5 million;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $2.4 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $2.3 million;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $1.9 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Benin in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $23.2 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) - a decrease of $4.0 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $3.5 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $3.4 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $1.1 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $1.0 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $0.8 million.
US exports to Benin in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2017
over 2016
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 12,264.6 4.87 6,615.485.40
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 4,645.1 1.84 143.53,136.54
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 4,200.3 1.67 2,276.384.52
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 328.7 0.13 0.0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 124.0 0.05 100.024.00
10 Cereals 11,252.1 4.47 2,935.6283.30
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 335.0 0.13 125.1167.71
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 4.6 0.00 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 2,916.3 1.16 638.1357.02
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 3,984.8 1.58 1,539.1158.90
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 990.9 0.39 2,022.9-51.02
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 3,378.9 1.34 3,656.0-7.58
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 25.1 0.01 6.0317.75
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 14.2 0.01 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 19.3 0.01 9.1113.37
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 11,340.7 4.50 1,410.4704.09
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3.9 0.00 5.0-21.60
29 Organic chemicals 111.8 0.04 3,642.1-96.93
30 Pharmaceutical products 69.1 0.03 3,477.3-98.01
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 21.8 0.01 66.8-67.44
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,297.2 0.52 2,031.7-36.15
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 46.4 0.02 110.8-58.10
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 3.0 0.00 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 15.3 0.01 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 489.8 0.19 967.9-49.40
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,888.2 0.75 1,372.837.54
40 Rubber and articles thereof 74.1 0.03 331.3-77.62
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3.6 0.00 9.8-63.25
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 86.3 0.03 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 109.6 0.04 14.5657.89
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 21.0 0.01 184.7-88.63
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 5.5-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 80.6 0.03 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 77.9 0.03 117.6-33.78
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,732.3 1.48 4,788.8-22.06
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 136.2 0.05 86.557.46
65 Headgear and parts thereof 42.7 0.02 62.8-31.95
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 170.0 0.07 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3.5 0.00 0.0
69 Ceramic products 153.2 0.06 32.5371.70
72 Iron and steel 6.0 0.00 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 58.8 0.02 229.7-74.40
74 Copper and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 34.7-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3.9 0.00 31.4-87.62
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 33.5 0.01 15.3119.27
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 2.9 0.00 102.0-97.13
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 6,296.3 2.50 29,482.5-78.64
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 2,172.5 0.86 6,190.6-64.91
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 3.7 0.00 26.9-86.40
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 174,558.4 69.33 151,751.815.03
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 74.5 0.03 23.4217.71
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 129.9 0.05 3.53,611.11
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 524.5 0.21 1,288.2-59.29
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 420.6-100.00
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 349.2 0.14 459.4-23.98
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 57.2 0.02 150.6-62.04
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 71.5 0.03 97.6-26.76
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 2,975.4 1.18 3,173.3-6.23

US Imports from Benin

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 93.87% of US total imports from Benin (65.68% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.92% of US total imports from Benin (0.00% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.73% of US total imports from Benin (1.04% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.28% of US total imports from Benin (1.80% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.01% of US total imports from Benin (1.30% in 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Benin in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $12.0 million;
  • Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair (HS code 67) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • 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 $0.2 million;
  • Live animals (HS code 01) - an increase of $0.2 million;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $0.1 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Benin in 2017 over the 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $1.9 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $0.1 million.
US imports from Benin in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2016
USD thousand)
Change
in 2017
over 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 313.0 1.73 97.6220.82
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 3.3-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 10.0 0.06 13.1-23.82
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 16,550.8 91.43 4,562.0262.79
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0.0 0.00 14.5-100.00
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 9.7-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 22.9 0.13 28.6-20.06
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 40.0 0.22 10.8270.14
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0.0 0.00 20.5-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 51.2 0.28 3.81,263.27
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 4.9 0.03 10.6-54.06
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0.0 0.00 58.2-100.00
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 49.6 0.27 71.3-30.42
39 Plastics and articles thereof 0.6 0.00 1.3-52.66
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 129.9 0.72 72.678.99
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 3.4-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2.6 0.01 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4.3 0.02 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 344.1 1.90 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 3.2 0.02 0.0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 4.1-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0.0 0.00 34.4-100.00
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 0.0 0.00 47.0-100.00
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 12.9-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2.5 0.01 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 349.9 1.93 104.3235.43
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 28.0 0.15 31.9-12.32
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 195.6 1.08 2,054.5-90.48
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce