US trade (export - import) with the Cayman Islands in 2017

Published or Updated: May 12, 2018

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

US Trade with the Cayman Islands

In 2017, US trade with the Cayman Islands totaled $935.2 million, up 12.55% ($104.3 million) from 2016.

US exports to the Cayman Islands in 2017 totaled $880.2 million, up 18.37% ($136.6 million) from 2016.

US imports from the Cayman Islands in 2017 were $55.0 million, down 37.04% ($32.3 million) from 2016.

US trade surplus with the Cayman Islands in 2017 was $825.3 million, a 25.75% increase ($169.0 million) over 2016.

The Cayman Islands was the US 96th largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 100th in 2016), accounting for 0.0236% of US total trade (up from 0.0224% in 2016).

The Cayman Islands was the US 82nd largest export market in 2017 (up from 84th in 2016), accounting for 0.0569% of US total exports (up from 0.0512% in 2016).

The Cayman Islands was the US 139th largest supplier in 2017 (down from 126th in 2016), accounting for 0.0023% of US total imports (down from 0.0039% in 2016).

US Exports to the Cayman Islands

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 26.06% of US total exports to the Cayman Islands (11.61% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 17.13% of US total exports to the Cayman Islands (19.16% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.16% of US total exports to the Cayman Islands (9.96% in 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 4.40% of US total exports to the Cayman Islands (13.71% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.33% of US total exports to the Cayman Islands (6.42% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.43% of US total exports to the Cayman Islands (4.14% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.35% of US total exports to the Cayman Islands (3.04% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.28% of US total exports to the Cayman Islands (1.50% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to the Cayman Islands in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $142.3 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $52.3 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $8.1 million;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $3.6 million.

The largest declines in US exports to the Cayman Islands in 2017 over 2016 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) - a decrease of $63.2 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $5.1 million.
US exports to the Cayman Islands 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
(%)
01 Live animals 43.4 0.00 303.7-85.72
02 Meat and edible meat offal 15,643.1 1.78 14,913.64.89
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 3,585.9 0.41 2,842.426.15
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4,638.5 0.53 3,619.428.16
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 29.8 0.00 6.4367.27
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 1,283.6 0.15 1,603.9-19.97
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 5,559.6 0.63 5,203.26.85
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 3,746.9 0.43 3,983.1-5.93
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,366.8 0.16 1,598.1-14.47
10 Cereals 1,876.0 0.21 1,457.328.73
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 294.1 0.03 309.2-4.90
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 251.5 0.03 272.1-7.55
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 137.7 0.02 0.0
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 28.2 0.00 6.3349.70
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 874.5 0.10 709.323.30
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 4,899.3 0.56 4,424.710.73
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,277.8 0.15 1,116.714.43
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 457.7 0.05 429.06.70
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 6,804.1 0.77 6,934.0-1.87
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 3,550.1 0.40 3,408.44.16
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 4,368.1 0.50 3,376.129.38
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 15,671.0 1.78 13,682.314.54
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 4,161.3 0.47 3,795.79.63
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 59.5 0.01 100.4-40.75
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,472.4 0.28 1,990.224.23
26 Ores, slag and ash 172.8 0.02 3.35,181.14
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 226,698.5 25.75 84,352.6168.75
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 672.0 0.08 603.711.32
29 Organic chemicals 677.2 0.08 2,435.2-72.19
30 Pharmaceutical products 3,968.9 0.45 5,215.0-23.90
31 Fertilizers 627.5 0.07 737.5-14.92
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 4,873.8 0.55 5,007.1-2.66
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 6,807.4 0.77 9,318.6-26.95
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 2,748.3 0.31 2,716.01.19
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 260.2 0.03 203.627.83
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 166.3 0.02 202.7-17.95
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 29.2 0.00 57.5-49.23
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 4,709.1 0.53 9,778.1-51.84
39 Plastics and articles thereof 10,670.2 1.21 9,309.914.61
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,875.6 0.21 2,183.7-14.11
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 16.4 0.00 3.8335.99
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3,693.7 0.42 2,395.654.18
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 3.2 0.00 8.5-62.25
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 12,749.6 1.45 14,672.1-13.10
45 Cork and articles of cork 18.7 0.00 37.9-50.65
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 49.0 0.01 60.7-19.17
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 0.0 0.00 9.7-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,796.8 0.66 4,763.621.69
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,105.0 0.24 3,027.9-30.48
50 Silk 4.9 0.00 0.0
52 Cotton 5.5 0.00 26.4-79.25
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 26.5 0.00 7.2268.61
54 Man-made filaments 17.5 0.00 24.7-28.83
55 Man-made staple fibers 12.9 0.00 56.8-77.23
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 147.4 0.02 254.8-42.13
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,329.7 0.15 1,233.67.78
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 45.0 0.01 33.135.90
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 126.5 0.01 148.9-15.06
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 85.1 0.01 50.269.55
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,693.1 0.31 2,156.924.86
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1,267.3 0.14 1,583.3-19.96
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,598.4 0.41 3,693.7-2.58
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 1,175.5 0.13 1,063.710.51
65 Headgear and parts thereof 422.7 0.05 242.074.65
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 156.6 0.02 455.2-65.59
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 134.9 0.02 119.512.86
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 4,903.9 0.56 5,227.5-6.19
69 Ceramic products 3,332.4 0.38 3,158.65.50
70 Glass and glassware 4,865.4 0.55 5,709.9-14.79
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 38,701.3 4.40 101,923.3-62.03
72 Iron and steel 3,332.6 0.38 3,203.74.03
73 Articles of iron or steel 10,582.6 1.20 9,460.411.86
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,866.0 0.21 1,797.93.79
75 Nickel and articles thereof 17.7 0.00 8.2116.13
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 6,984.1 0.79 8,936.6-21.85
78 Lead and articles thereof 93.6 0.01 144.9-35.39
79 Zinc and articles thereof 206.3 0.02 57.2260.62
80 Tin and articles thereof 40.3 0.00 43.1-6.65
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 184.9 0.02 229.3-19.34
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 951.4 0.11 1,079.6-11.88
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5,898.7 0.67 5,807.91.56
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 57,397.0 6.52 49,263.916.51
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 42,076.3 4.78 43,929.3-4.22
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 146.4 0.02 98.049.45
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 26,007.2 2.95 25,366.22.53
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 900.3 0.10 481.586.97
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 11,223.8 1.28 7,661.346.50
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 13,053.9 1.48 15,677.8-16.74
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 6,917.7 0.79 7,728.6-10.49
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 317.1 0.04 221.543.16
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 223.3 0.03 76.5192.15
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 27,489.8 3.12 27,929.5-1.57
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 5,215.3 0.59 4,584.213.77
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 992.8 0.11 1,164.5-14.75
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2,670.1 0.30 646.4313.06
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 219,915.1 24.98 167,640.231.18

US Imports from the Cayman Islands

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 22.42% of US total imports from the Cayman Islands (2.25% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.53% of US total imports from the Cayman Islands (0.99% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.11% of US total imports from the Cayman Islands (0.15% in 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 0.53% of US total imports from the Cayman Islands (80.23% in 2016).

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $26.6 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 $6.1 million;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $2.4 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $0.8 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $0.5 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $0.2 million.

The largest declines in US imports from the Cayman Islands in 2017 over the 2016 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) - a decrease of $69.8 million;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $0.5 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) - a decrease of $0.4 million.
US imports from the Cayman Islands 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 0.0 0.00 88.5-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 8.3 0.02 0.0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 104.8 0.19 9.51,007.32
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 2.1-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0.0 0.00 498.1-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 29.3 0.05 145.0-79.83
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 4.3-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 11.1 0.02 7.352.11
30 Pharmaceutical products 3.7 0.01 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 10.7 0.02 6.760.45
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 464.4 0.84 23.61,863.77
39 Plastics and articles thereof 95.6 0.17 100.2-4.55
40 Rubber and articles thereof 36.7 0.07 0.57,527.65
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2.9 0.01 0.0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 9.0 0.02 5.079.46
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2.5 0.00 27.4-91.03
55 Man-made staple fibers 25.6 0.05 0.0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 3.4 0.01 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1.3 0.00 0.4205.99
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 2.1-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6.1 0.01 2.0205.21
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 43.3 0.08 0.0
69 Ceramic products 9.0 0.02 6.048.54
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 290.9 0.53 70,049.0-99.58
72 Iron and steel 401.4 0.73 7.15,572.23
73 Articles of iron or steel 0.0 0.00 79.6-100.00
74 Copper and articles thereof 458.8 0.83 275.466.61
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 329.4 0.60 370.0-10.99
78 Lead and articles thereof 203.8 0.37 125.562.45
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0.0 0.00 4.9-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,458.7 2.65 964.151.30
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 7,032.0 12.79 912.0671.09
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 882.9 1.61 33.52,533.30
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,453.6 4.46 3.963,629.01
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 495.0 0.90 53.5825.10
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 162.6 0.30 43.6272.55
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 11.8 0.02 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 450.9 0.82 870.0-48.17
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 13.1 0.02 3.8240.85
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 487.8 0.89 169.0188.65
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 38,968.4 70.89 12,417.3213.82
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce