US trade with El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017

Published or Updated: May 14, 2018

The report on US foreign trade in goods with El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with El Salvador

In the 4th quarter of 2017, US trade with El Salvador totaled $1,392.8 million, up 0.73% ($10.0 million) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

US exports to El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 were $757.6 million, down 2.40% ($18.6 million) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

US imports from El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 totaled $635.2 million, up 4.73% ($28.7 million) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

US trade surplus with El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 was $122.4 million, a 27.86% decrease ($47.3 million) over the 4th quarter of 2016.

El Salvador was the US 59th largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2017 (down from 58th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1335% of US total trade (down from 0.1438% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

El Salvador was the US 53rd largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2017 (down from 49th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1859% of US total exports (down from 0.2049% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

El Salvador was the US 63rd largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2017 (up from 64th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.1000% of US total imports (down from 0.1040% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

US Exports to El Salvador

The major share of US exports to El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 (and in the 4th quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 22.84% of US total exports to El Salvador (24.43% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 21.42% of US total exports to El Salvador (19.86% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 16.82% of US total exports to El Salvador (12.51% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 13.37% of US total exports to El Salvador (20.52% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.03% of US total exports to El Salvador (10.79% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.34% of US total exports to El Salvador (2.53% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.08% of US total exports to El Salvador (1.64% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cotton (HS code 52) - an increase of $23.5 million;
  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - an increase of $8.2 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $8.0 million;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $7.5 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $5.9 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $5.1 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $4.9 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $2.9 million.

The largest declines in US exports to El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $47.3 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $12.3 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $12.0 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $9.2 million;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $4.0 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $3.8 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $2.8 million;
  • Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery (HS code 58) - a decrease of $2.3 million.
US exports to El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in Q4 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in Q4 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 866.5 0.11 1,174.8-26.24
02 Meat and edible meat offal 11,311.3 1.49 11,192.21.06
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 210.5 0.03 159.931.65
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 3,405.0 0.45 2,976.914.38
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 902.5 0.12 162.9453.98
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 18.8 0.00 33.0-42.91
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 861.6 0.11 961.1-10.35
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 7,959.6 1.05 8,443.5-5.73
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 284.2 0.04 308.0-7.71
10 Cereals 27,636.2 3.65 74,961.2-63.13
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 153.9 0.02 126.122.03
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1,146.8 0.15 177.0547.79
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 118.4 0.02 220.5-46.31
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 450.5-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 2,222.0 0.29 1,610.737.95
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,278.2 0.17 807.358.33
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 764.5 0.10 718.36.44
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,902.4 0.38 3,565.4-18.60
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 4,494.4 0.59 3,856.816.53
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 4,421.8 0.58 4,629.6-4.49
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 12,264.6 1.62 16,258.9-24.57
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,847.3 0.24 1,027.079.87
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 16,239.3 2.14 25,457.6-36.21
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 3.6 0.00 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 643.1 0.08 460.739.61
26 Ores, slag and ash 47.3 0.01 48.3-2.11
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 161,616.4 21.33 153,612.85.21
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,599.3 0.21 2,837.3-43.63
29 Organic chemicals 9,055.7 1.20 3,157.9186.77
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,427.8 0.19 1,737.4-17.82
31 Fertilizers 469.4 0.06 795.4-40.98
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 6,676.9 0.88 7,239.0-7.76
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 7,995.4 1.06 5,066.157.82
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 2,609.4 0.34 2,557.22.04
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,156.1 0.15 1,688.2-31.52
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 74.1 0.01 113.6-34.80
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 768.6 0.10 1,242.8-38.16
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 4,221.3 0.56 5,649.3-25.28
39 Plastics and articles thereof 37,103.4 4.90 49,404.9-24.90
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,848.6 0.38 2,254.226.37
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 30.3 0.00 35.0-13.42
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,114.6 0.15 532.1109.45
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 65.6 0.01 7.5775.97
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 241.0 0.03 258.5-6.77
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 2.9 0.00 29.5-90.16
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,860.9 0.38 2,203.429.84
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 20,997.9 2.77 16,120.930.25
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 1,171.1 0.15 1,003.416.71
50 Silk 2.5 0.00 0.0
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 417.1 0.06 477.1-12.58
52 Cotton 34,366.1 4.54 10,818.6217.66
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 46.7 0.01 26.178.87
54 Man-made filaments 17,609.6 2.32 16,759.15.07
55 Man-made staple fibers 17,035.2 2.25 9,567.778.05
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 2,290.7 0.30 2,251.71.73
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 245.1 0.03 255.2-3.98
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 980.6 0.13 3,312.3-70.39
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,133.7 0.15 669.069.44
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 16,667.2 2.20 18,023.0-7.52
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 25,699.5 3.39 24,185.86.26
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2,459.9 0.32 3,905.4-37.01
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6,122.0 0.81 5,710.17.21
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2,253.2 0.30 996.2126.18
65 Headgear and parts thereof 3.4 0.00 33.8-89.90
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 17.5 0.00 27.0-35.19
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 50.5 0.01 71.5-29.44
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,092.1 0.28 2,469.3-15.28
69 Ceramic products 211.9 0.03 175.620.68
70 Glass and glassware 1,412.9 0.19 498.4183.47
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,521.5 0.20 1,551.3-1.92
72 Iron and steel 264.7 0.03 226.416.91
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,669.2 0.35 2,042.030.71
74 Copper and articles thereof 262.8 0.03 213.922.84
75 Nickel and articles thereof 521.2 0.07 306.869.90
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,949.2 0.26 1,032.688.76
78 Lead and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 15.3-100.00
79 Zinc and articles thereof 16.9 0.00 17.6-4.02
80 Tin and articles thereof 76.7 0.01 52.845.26
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 14,582.8 1.92 6,357.5129.38
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,285.1 0.17 969.932.50
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,710.5 0.23 1,484.315.24
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 56,473.2 7.45 56,838.6-0.64
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 56,795.6 7.50 54,865.13.52
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 700.4 0.09 483.744.79
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 21,297.5 2.81 25,056.7-15.00
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 25,259.0 3.33 37,248.5-32.19
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,176.0 0.16 986.519.21
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 11,367.5 1.50 14,136.1-19.59
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 223.1 0.03 277.0-19.46
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 261.7 0.03 150.573.87
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 1,848.7 0.24 222.1732.20
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 3,103.5 0.41 2,293.335.33
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 3,132.8 0.41 3,547.3-11.69
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,213.0 0.29 1,715.229.03
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 37.1 0.00 15.0147.22
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 51,625.9 6.81 46,560.010.88

US Imports from El Salvador

The major share of US imports from El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 (and in the 4th quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 82.55% of US total imports from El Salvador (79.44% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 6.90% of US total imports from El Salvador (9.69% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.03% of US total imports from El Salvador (2.62% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.21% of US total imports from El Salvador (0.96% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $34.8 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $6.2 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $5.5 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 $3.1 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $2.7 million.

The largest declines in US imports from El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $18.4 million;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $7.6 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 $5.7 million.
US imports from El Salvador in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in Q4 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in Q4 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 580.9 0.09 524.510.74
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,494.5 0.39 1,110.1124.72
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 983.0 0.15 1,229.1-20.03
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 25.1-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 1,379.7 0.22 1,336.63.22
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 4,183.3 0.66 3,954.55.78
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 925.5 0.15 1,767.7-47.64
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 5,065.2 0.80 4,599.310.13
10 Cereals 44.5 0.01 12.1268.31
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 73.0 0.01 148.6-50.84
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 19.4 0.00 93.0-79.10
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 39.4 0.01 16.0146.45
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 26.1 0.00 50.3-48.22
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 8,700.9 1.37 27,055.4-67.84
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 220.6 0.03 144.252.99
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 8,357.8 1.32 6,634.625.97
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 947.7 0.15 978.7-3.17
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 4,605.5 0.73 4,576.50.63
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 5,191.4 0.82 4,502.215.31
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 286.7 0.05 127.5124.80
29 Organic chemicals 131.6 0.02 120.09.67
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,509.7 0.40 2,141.917.17
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 5.4 0.00 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 285.1 0.04 213.033.84
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 0.0 0.00 106.6-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 807.6 0.13 200.8302.31
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,926.0 0.62 2,993.831.14
40 Rubber and articles thereof 5.6 0.00 61.3-90.90
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 79.4-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 641.9 0.10 606.55.84
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 348.3 0.05 370.3-5.93
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 934.7 0.15 909.42.79
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 232.8 0.04 365.6-36.32
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 221.6 0.03 148.948.86
54 Man-made filaments 836.3 0.13 804.53.95
55 Man-made staple fibers 787.3 0.12 838.7-6.13
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 7.3 0.00 14.5-49.69
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 2.4 0.00 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 430.2 0.07 390.010.32
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 545.3 0.09 712.6-23.47
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 432.7 0.07 175.8146.09
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 435,558.1 68.57 400,721.28.69
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 73,097.4 11.51 70,427.63.79
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9,936.5 1.56 3,688.0169.43
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2,281.0 0.36 3,780.0-39.66
65 Headgear and parts thereof 174.5 0.03 124.640.02
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,100.0 0.49 10,661.4-70.92
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 3,549.3 0.56 2,537.739.86
72 Iron and steel 237.1 0.04 101.9132.80
73 Articles of iron or steel 168.7 0.03 12.81,216.53
74 Copper and articles thereof 220.5 0.03 344.7-36.03
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2,716.6 0.43 1,935.040.39
79 Zinc and articles thereof 362.7 0.06 435.9-16.80
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,074.4 0.17 472.9127.17
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 256.7 0.04 67.3281.24
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 446.9 0.07 148.3201.40
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 18,565.0 2.92 15,515.019.66
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 5.5 0.00 22.6-75.67
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 55.3-100.00
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 63.4 0.01 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 166.3 0.03 152.09.43
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 15.1 0.00 19.6-22.66
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 591.1 0.09 6,252.6-90.55
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,503.3 0.24 467.3221.70
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 675.3 0.11 773.8-12.73
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 4.7 0.00 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 23,170.2 3.65 17,643.431.33
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce