US trade (export - import) with El Salvador in 2016

Published or Updated: May 22, 2017

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

US Trade with El Salvador

In 2016, US trade with El Salvador was $5,529.7 million, down 5.72% ($335.3 million) from 2015.

US exports to El Salvador in 2016 were $2,957.4 million, down 8.91% ($289.3 million) from 2015.

US imports from El Salvador in 2016 were $2,572.3 million, down 1.76% ($46.0 million) from 2015.

US trade surplus with El Salvador in 2016 was $385.1 million, a 38.72% decrease ($243.4 million) over 2015.

El Salvador was the US 59th largest trading partner in 2016 (down from 57th in 2015), accounting for 0.1493% of US total trade (down from 0.1539% in 2015).

El Salvador was the US 51st largest export market in 2016 (just as in 2015), accounting for 0.2035% of US total exports (down from 0.2159% in 2015).

El Salvador was the US 63rd largest supplier in 2016 (down from 61st in 2015), accounting for 0.1143% of US total imports (up from 0.1135% in 2015).

US Exports to El Salvador

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 22.86% of US total exports to El Salvador (25.57% in 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 19.38% of US total exports to El Salvador (17.60% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 18.17% of US total exports to El Salvador (14.25% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 13.74% of US total exports to El Salvador (16.84% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.27% of US total exports to El Salvador (9.84% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.98% of US total exports to El Salvador (3.77% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.62% of US total exports to El Salvador (1.47% in 2015).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $73,647.7 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $13,872.4 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $13,067.0 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $10,576.0 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $9,831.9 thousand.

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $143,184.2 thousand;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - a decrease of $57,279.3 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $42,964.9 thousand;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - a decrease of $33,347.2 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $23,995.3 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $21,306.3 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $16,447.3 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 $14,774.5 thousand;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - a decrease of $11,547.2 thousand;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $10,716.4 thousand.
US exports to El Salvador 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
(%)
01 Live animals 3,881.0 0.13 3,527.810.01
02 Meat and edible meat offal 29,854.4 1.01 27,691.77.81
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 704.8 0.02 654.77.65
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 11,587.6 0.39 13,618.1-14.91
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 425.2 0.01 506.8-16.10
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 49.6 0.00 9.9398.34
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 3,224.9 0.11 3,023.06.68
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 16,821.9 0.57 19,453.9-13.53
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,119.4 0.04 2,085.2-46.32
10 Cereals 245,421.3 8.30 171,773.642.87
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 779.3 0.03 607.328.33
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 6,602.9 0.22 6,789.7-2.75
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 612.1 0.02 621.5-1.52
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 527.9 0.02 72.6626.95
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 6,497.0 0.22 10,990.9-40.89
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 3,167.9 0.11 3,866.4-18.07
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,623.4 0.05 2,048.5-20.75
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 11,714.3 0.40 13,227.9-11.44
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 12,783.4 0.43 11,804.18.30
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 15,704.7 0.53 14,504.88.27
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 67,221.0 2.27 54,153.924.13
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 3,581.5 0.12 3,157.313.44
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 93,358.0 3.16 98,301.9-5.03
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 9.3 0.00 14.5-35.74
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,998.0 0.07 2,901.7-31.14
26 Ores, slag and ash 220.5 0.01 236.0-6.56
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 570,975.2 19.31 568,217.90.49
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 13,866.0 0.47 13,152.15.43
29 Organic chemicals 15,656.1 0.53 14,598.67.24
30 Pharmaceutical products 6,602.3 0.22 7,190.0-8.17
31 Fertilizers 1,869.8 0.06 12,586.2-85.14
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 30,025.1 1.02 25,969.715.62
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 19,581.1 0.66 18,544.05.59
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 11,117.0 0.38 9,655.615.14
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 4,776.5 0.16 3,541.634.87
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 122.3 0.00 36.5235.11
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 4,926.9 0.17 4,792.12.81
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 26,285.0 0.89 26,753.9-1.75
39 Plastics and articles thereof 177,837.6 6.01 167,261.66.32
40 Rubber and articles thereof 20,606.5 0.70 15,536.132.64
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 200.6 0.01 166.720.31
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,928.6 0.07 2,178.0-11.45
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 29.3 0.00 19.252.53
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 906.3 0.03 1,891.2-52.08
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 29.5 0.00 33.8-12.80
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 10,724.8 0.36 22,272.0-51.85
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 72,675.8 2.46 89,123.0-18.45
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3,839.8 0.13 8,977.9-57.23
50 Silk 24.7 0.00 109.3-77.41
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 1,771.9 0.06 1,401.926.39
52 Cotton 49,464.3 1.67 106,743.5-53.66
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 31.4 0.00 211.1-85.15
54 Man-made filaments 72,587.2 2.45 79,568.5-8.77
55 Man-made staple fibers 51,619.2 1.75 84,966.4-39.25
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 8,994.4 0.30 13,956.5-35.55
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 782.0 0.03 1,218.8-35.84
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 9,935.2 0.34 9,346.56.30
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 3,079.8 0.10 3,222.5-4.43
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 81,548.0 2.76 89,915.4-9.31
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 88,743.2 3.00 112,738.5-21.28
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 12,890.8 0.44 13,278.3-2.92
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 20,201.3 0.68 20,902.5-3.35
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 4,063.9 0.14 8,927.2-54.48
65 Headgear and parts thereof 213.4 0.01 106.999.61
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 77.6 0.00 111.8-30.54
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 199.9 0.01 128.455.73
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 7,387.1 0.25 5,395.936.90
69 Ceramic products 578.2 0.02 1,483.7-61.03
70 Glass and glassware 1,957.1 0.07 2,424.2-19.27
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,419.3 0.18 4,914.810.26
72 Iron and steel 914.9 0.03 1,809.3-49.43
73 Articles of iron or steel 8,068.4 0.27 13,043.0-38.14
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,143.7 0.04 1,644.2-30.44
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,258.6 0.04 802.656.82
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 5,326.1 0.18 5,917.7-10.00
78 Lead and articles thereof 24.4 0.00 6.5275.77
79 Zinc and articles thereof 103.0 0.00 140.4-26.61
80 Tin and articles thereof 384.8 0.01 121.1217.81
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 20,068.6 0.68 11,340.076.97
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 4,931.5 0.17 6,199.4-20.45
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5,620.7 0.19 6,545.0-14.12
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 223,793.8 7.57 245,100.2-8.69
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 189,873.1 6.42 204,647.7-7.22
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 1,727.7 0.06 1,148.350.46
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 92,517.7 3.13 82,685.811.89
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 106,257.7 3.59 249,441.9-57.40
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,705.2 0.09 1,881.943.75
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 59,278.5 2.00 45,406.130.55
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 894.8 0.03 1,311.9-31.79
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 676.4 0.02 797.0-15.14
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 1,352.9 0.05 2,919.1-53.65
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 11,186.5 0.38 15,479.6-27.73
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 9,134.0 0.31 9,359.6-2.41
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 6,647.7 0.22 8,860.4-24.97
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 68.1 0.00 149.7-54.47
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 247,801.0 8.38 290,765.9-14.78

US Imports from El Salvador

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 79.41% of US total imports from El Salvador (78.97% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.96% of US total imports from El Salvador (10.46% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.73% of US total imports from El Salvador (2.37% in 2015).

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

  • 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 $12,593.5 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $8,537.0 thousand.

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

  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $26,729.2 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $23,446.2 thousand;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - a decrease of $10,090.2 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $9,779.4 thousand.
US imports from El Salvador 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 2,262.0 0.09 3,094.5-26.90
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 4,601.5 0.18 4,723.8-2.59
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4,420.2 0.17 3,149.740.34
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 90.2 0.00 41.3118.76
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 12,890.0 0.50 12,923.5-0.26
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 11,121.8 0.43 11,554.9-3.75
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 5,749.3 0.22 4,276.534.44
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 50,597.8 1.97 77,327.0-34.57
10 Cereals 82.0 0.00 156.1-47.46
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 370.2 0.01 343.87.67
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 342.6 0.01 437.4-21.69
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 169.6 0.01 483.5-64.92
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 327.5 0.01 111.0194.92
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 97,895.8 3.81 96,681.21.26
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,172.7 0.05 1,007.716.37
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 26,012.2 1.01 24,390.96.65
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4,163.8 0.16 4,415.7-5.70
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 16,743.9 0.65 14,524.315.28
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 17,204.2 0.67 14,111.521.92
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 33.0-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 584.7 0.02 673.1-13.14
29 Organic chemicals 143.4 0.01 407.3-64.79
30 Pharmaceutical products 3,986.7 0.15 591.1574.51
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 12.9 0.00 32.8-60.58
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 675.0 0.03 575.017.41
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 217.6 0.01 18.91,052.99
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 20.1 0.00 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 278.1 0.01 233.319.17
39 Plastics and articles thereof 14,607.5 0.57 18,285.3-20.11
40 Rubber and articles thereof 227.7 0.01 738.0-69.15
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 138.4 0.01 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,300.4 0.09 2,234.72.94
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,725.6 0.07 1,791.5-3.68
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 17.5 0.00 6.0190.53
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 4,446.1 0.17 5,084.0-12.55
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,258.8 0.05 586.3114.71
52 Cotton 19.8 0.00 15.527.44
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 722.6 0.03 645.511.94
54 Man-made filaments 2,972.2 0.12 4,984.9-40.38
55 Man-made staple fibers 2,855.0 0.11 3,742.4-23.71
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 76.1 0.00 177.6-57.16
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.0 0.00 0.4-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,703.9 0.07 1,647.13.45
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2,302.7 0.09 2,535.0-9.16
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 896.2 0.03 948.2-5.48
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,718,205.8 66.80 1,727,985.1-0.57
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 268,895.5 10.45 269,329.4-0.16
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 21,012.4 0.82 22,374.6-6.09
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 22,226.4 0.86 32,316.6-31.22
65 Headgear and parts thereof 718.5 0.03 884.3-18.75
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 31,287.7 1.22 22,750.737.52
69 Ceramic products 5.7 0.00 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 15.5 0.00 2.5512.06
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 11,544.1 0.45 14,628.0-21.08
72 Iron and steel 907.6 0.04 539.268.32
73 Articles of iron or steel 522.6 0.02 1,106.5-52.77
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,548.2 0.06 2,371.8-34.73
75 Nickel and articles thereof 11.2 0.00 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 6,653.6 0.26 8,435.4-21.12
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,329.1 0.05 828.460.45
80 Tin and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 20.3-100.00
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 312.2 0.01 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2,106.7 0.08 2,696.8-21.88
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 513.5 0.02 882.4-41.81
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 7,561.8 0.29 1,383.9446.40
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 61,840.8 2.40 59,423.94.07
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 164.1 0.01 201.2-18.46
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 71.2 0.00 236.9-69.93
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 90.2 0.00 60.549.10
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 591.4 0.02 640.4-7.66
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 34.3-100.00
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 44.6 0.00 22.895.82
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 17,235.9 0.67 4,642.4271.27
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 5,978.2 0.23 8,767.4-31.81
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,491.2 0.10 2,416.33.10
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 3.0 0.00 85.7-96.44
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 89,979.0 3.50 113,425.2-20.67
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce