US trade (export - import) with El Salvador in 2017

Published or Updated: May 14, 2018

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

US Trade with El Salvador

In 2017, US trade with El Salvador totaled $5,592.7 million, up 1.14% ($63.0 million) from 2016.

US exports to El Salvador in 2017 totaled $3,050.8 million, up 3.16% ($93.4 million) from 2016.

US imports from El Salvador in 2017 were $2,542.0 million, down 1.18% ($30.3 million) from 2016.

US trade surplus with El Salvador in 2017 was $508.8 million, a 32.11% increase ($123.7 million) over 2016.

El Salvador was the US 58th largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 59th in 2016), accounting for 0.1414% of US total trade (down from 0.1493% in 2016).

El Salvador was the US 51st largest export market in 2017 (just as in 2016), accounting for 0.1973% of US total exports (down from 0.2035% in 2016).

El Salvador was the US 64th largest supplier in 2017 (down from 63rd in 2016), accounting for 0.1055% of US total imports (down from 0.1143% in 2016).

US Exports to El Salvador

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 22.39% of US total exports to El Salvador (22.86% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 21.53% of US total exports to El Salvador (19.38% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 15.76% of US total exports to El Salvador (13.74% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 14.60% of US total exports to El Salvador (18.17% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.51% of US total exports to El Salvador (11.27% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.19% of US total exports to El Salvador (2.98% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.13% of US total exports to El Salvador (1.62% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to El Salvador 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 $82.9 million;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - an increase of $47.5 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $16.6 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $16.1 million;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $15.7 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $10.9 million;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - an increase of $10.7 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 $10.0 million.

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $73.8 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $20.0 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $13.6 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $13.3 million;
  • Knitted or crocheted fabrics (HS code 60) - a decrease of $11.0 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $10.8 million;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $9.4 million.
US exports to El Salvador 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 3,974.3 0.13 3,881.02.40
02 Meat and edible meat offal 31,661.9 1.04 29,854.46.05
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 931.0 0.03 704.832.09
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 11,872.1 0.39 11,587.62.45
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,445.3 0.05 425.2239.92
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 47.5 0.00 49.6-4.18
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 3,553.1 0.12 3,224.910.18
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 15,398.2 0.50 16,821.9-8.46
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 931.0 0.03 1,119.4-16.83
10 Cereals 171,657.6 5.63 245,421.3-30.06
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 501.1 0.02 779.3-35.70
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 10,898.3 0.36 6,602.965.05
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 668.4 0.02 612.19.20
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 878.7 0.03 527.966.46
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 11,420.5 0.37 6,497.075.78
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 3,650.2 0.12 3,167.915.22
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,298.5 0.08 1,623.441.58
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 11,189.4 0.37 11,714.3-4.48
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 13,415.1 0.44 12,783.44.94
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 16,662.5 0.55 15,704.76.10
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 47,262.2 1.55 67,221.0-29.69
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 5,273.1 0.17 3,581.547.23
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 79,738.3 2.61 93,358.0-14.59
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 3.6 0.00 9.3-61.48
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,526.3 0.08 1,998.026.44
26 Ores, slag and ash 239.7 0.01 220.58.72
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 653,920.0 21.43 570,975.214.53
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 11,104.9 0.36 13,866.0-19.91
29 Organic chemicals 26,601.5 0.87 15,656.169.91
30 Pharmaceutical products 5,833.6 0.19 6,602.3-11.64
31 Fertilizers 4,666.8 0.15 1,869.8149.59
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 27,985.1 0.92 30,025.1-6.79
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 24,612.9 0.81 19,581.125.70
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 11,034.1 0.36 11,117.0-0.75
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 4,776.9 0.16 4,776.50.01
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 136.6 0.00 122.311.62
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 3,313.9 0.11 4,926.9-32.74
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 25,008.4 0.82 26,285.0-4.86
39 Plastics and articles thereof 164,525.1 5.39 177,837.6-7.49
40 Rubber and articles thereof 11,167.4 0.37 20,606.5-45.81
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 145.1 0.00 200.6-27.65
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,444.8 0.08 1,928.626.76
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 1,023.6 0.03 29.33,387.74
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,112.2 0.04 906.322.72
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 6.1 0.00 29.5-79.25
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 11,352.5 0.37 10,724.85.85
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 79,475.3 2.61 72,675.89.36
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5,245.3 0.17 3,839.836.60
50 Silk 25.4 0.00 24.72.91
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 2,332.1 0.08 1,771.931.62
52 Cotton 96,925.3 3.18 49,464.395.95
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 52.6 0.00 31.467.88
54 Man-made filaments 75,885.5 2.49 72,587.24.54
55 Man-made staple fibers 67,305.0 2.21 51,619.230.39
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 11,208.0 0.37 8,994.424.61
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,025.3 0.03 782.031.12
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 4,971.7 0.16 9,935.2-49.96
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 4,401.6 0.14 3,079.842.92
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 70,567.2 2.31 81,548.0-13.47
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 104,829.9 3.44 88,743.218.13
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 10,713.4 0.35 12,890.8-16.89
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 23,341.9 0.77 20,201.315.55
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 6,908.4 0.23 4,063.970.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 19.9 0.00 213.4-90.68
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 55.6 0.00 77.6-28.35
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 214.7 0.01 199.97.42
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 7,981.7 0.26 7,387.18.05
69 Ceramic products 744.8 0.02 578.228.82
70 Glass and glassware 3,151.4 0.10 1,957.161.02
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5,024.4 0.16 5,419.3-7.29
72 Iron and steel 749.0 0.02 914.9-18.14
73 Articles of iron or steel 12,676.6 0.42 8,068.457.12
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,023.7 0.03 1,143.7-10.50
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,433.2 0.05 1,258.613.87
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 4,996.2 0.16 5,326.1-6.19
78 Lead and articles thereof 53.5 0.00 24.4118.95
79 Zinc and articles thereof 109.1 0.00 103.05.90
80 Tin and articles thereof 364.2 0.01 384.8-5.36
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 30,817.1 1.01 20,068.653.56
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 6,428.4 0.21 4,931.530.35
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 6,466.8 0.21 5,620.715.05
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 221,394.3 7.26 223,793.8-1.07
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 199,881.0 6.55 189,873.15.27
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 2,363.1 0.08 1,727.736.78
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 85,537.3 2.80 92,517.7-7.54
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 122,859.6 4.03 106,257.715.62
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,616.3 0.09 2,705.2-3.29
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 48,457.0 1.59 59,278.5-18.26
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 783.2 0.03 894.8-12.48
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 990.0 0.03 676.446.37
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 5,523.8 0.18 1,352.9308.28
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 10,923.0 0.36 11,186.5-2.36
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 8,349.7 0.27 9,134.0-8.59
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 7,092.1 0.23 6,647.76.69
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 73.0 0.00 68.17.10
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 247,524.9 8.11 247,801.0-0.11

US Imports from El Salvador

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 79.26% of US total imports from El Salvador (79.41% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.17% of US total imports from El Salvador (9.96% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.67% of US total imports from El Salvador (2.73% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.17% of US total imports from El Salvador (0.78% in 2016).

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

  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $12.9 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $8.5 million.

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

  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $41.5 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $20.7 million;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - a decrease of $9.0 million.
US imports from El Salvador 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 2,337.1 0.09 2,262.03.32
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 5,985.0 0.24 4,601.530.07
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4,108.9 0.16 4,420.2-7.04
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 37.5 0.00 90.2-58.44
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 12,451.9 0.49 12,890.0-3.40
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 12,260.0 0.48 11,121.810.23
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 4,479.2 0.18 5,749.3-22.09
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 63,470.7 2.50 50,597.825.44
10 Cereals 126.2 0.00 82.053.81
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 390.4 0.02 370.25.46
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 230.3 0.01 342.6-32.76
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 226.3 0.01 169.633.39
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 12.1 0.00 0.0
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 466.8 0.02 327.542.54
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 56,396.6 2.22 97,895.8-42.39
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,282.6 0.05 1,172.79.38
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 30,198.6 1.19 26,012.216.09
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 3,791.7 0.15 4,163.8-8.94
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 16,751.4 0.66 16,743.90.05
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 18,170.9 0.71 17,204.25.62
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 10.3 0.00 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 783.7 0.03 584.734.05
29 Organic chemicals 822.4 0.03 143.4473.46
30 Pharmaceutical products 10,577.3 0.42 3,986.7165.31
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 47.7 0.00 12.9269.31
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 974.2 0.04 675.044.31
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 124.7 0.00 217.6-42.72
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0.0 0.00 20.1-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3,035.8 0.12 278.1991.73
39 Plastics and articles thereof 14,162.1 0.56 14,607.5-3.05
40 Rubber and articles thereof 81.4 0.00 227.7-64.25
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 138.4-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,863.2 0.07 2,300.4-19.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,849.0 0.07 1,725.67.15
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 24.8 0.00 17.541.29
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3,840.8 0.15 4,446.1-13.61
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,585.5 0.06 1,258.825.96
52 Cotton 104.3 0.00 19.8427.57
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 908.2 0.04 722.625.68
54 Man-made filaments 2,449.3 0.10 2,972.2-17.60
55 Man-made staple fibers 2,928.2 0.12 2,855.02.56
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 82.4 0.00 76.18.27
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 28.1 0.00 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,884.4 0.07 1,703.910.59
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2,127.9 0.08 2,302.7-7.59
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 1,817.8 0.07 896.2102.83
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,697,512.7 66.78 1,718,205.8-1.20
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 264,363.1 10.40 268,895.5-1.69
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 26,428.8 1.04 21,012.425.78
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 13,219.8 0.52 22,226.4-40.52
65 Headgear and parts thereof 970.2 0.04 718.535.03
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 36,671.1 1.44 31,287.717.21
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 5.7-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 0.0 0.00 15.5-100.00
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 11,753.0 0.46 11,544.11.81
72 Iron and steel 1,261.0 0.05 907.638.94
73 Articles of iron or steel 576.2 0.02 522.610.25
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,039.3 0.04 1,548.2-32.87
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 11.2-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 12,178.9 0.48 6,653.683.04
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,482.1 0.06 1,329.111.51
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0.0 0.00 312.2-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2,369.5 0.09 2,106.712.48
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,035.7 0.04 513.5101.68
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,709.1 0.07 7,561.8-77.40
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 64,533.7 2.54 61,840.84.35
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 153.5 0.01 164.1-6.45
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 268.2 0.01 71.2276.56
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 118.7 0.00 90.231.65
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,023.7 0.04 591.473.10
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 48.2 0.00 44.68.13
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 11,114.8 0.44 17,235.9-35.51
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 5,929.9 0.23 5,978.2-0.81
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,419.2 0.10 2,491.2-2.89
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 17.6 0.00 3.0476.25
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 98,470.2 3.87 89,979.09.44
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce