US trade (export - import) with Iran in 2013

Published or Updated: Feb 02, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Iran in 2013: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Iran

In 2013, US trade with Iran totaled $310.4 million, up 22.54% ($57.1 million) from 2012.

US exports to Iran in 2013 totaled $308.1 million, up 22.71% ($57.0 million) from 2012.

US imports from Iran in 2013 totaled $2.2 million, up 3.52% ($0.1 million) from 2012.

US trade surplus with Iran in 2013 was $305.9 million, a 22.87% increase ($56.9 million) over 2012.

Iran was the US 133rd largest trading partner in 2013 (up from 137th in 2012), accounting for 0.0079% of US total trade (up from 0.0065% in 2012).

Iran was the US 116th largest export market in 2013 (up from 119th in 2012), accounting for 0.0195% of US total exports (up from 0.0163% in 2012).

Iran was the US 193rd largest supplier in 2013 (down from 189th in 2012), accounting for 0.0001% of US total imports (just as in 2012).

US Exports to Iran

The major share of US exports to Iran in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 65.35% of US total exports to Iran (58.55% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 13.57% of US total exports to Iran (18.82% in 2012);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 12.90% of US total exports to Iran (10.64% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 8.06% of US total exports to Iran (11.80% in 2012).

The largest gains in US exports to Iran in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $34.0 million;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $17.9 million;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $17.1 million;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - an increase of $13.1 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $2.3 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 $1.1 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $1.0 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Iran in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $13.5 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $5.2 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $4.2 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $4.1 million.
US exports to Iran in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2012
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2013
over 2012
(%)
01 Live animals 437.1 0.14 676.2-35.37
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 46.3 0.02 466.9-90.09
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 43,825.0 14.22 25,910.969.14
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 5,605.4 1.82 4,724.418.65
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 17,383.1 5.64 244.96,997.53
10 Cereals 77,710.0 25.22 91,178.7-14.77
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 51,915.9 16.85 17,904.8189.96
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 329.6-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,495.7 0.49 1,992.6-24.94
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0.0 0.00 22.0-100.00
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 2,958.8 0.96 3,571.0-17.14
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 4.3 0.00 771.6-99.45
29 Organic chemicals 6,687.3 2.17 4,397.452.07
30 Pharmaceutical products 14,577.8 4.73 18,821.2-22.55
31 Fertilizers 766.5 0.25 252.2203.93
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 87.5 0.03 21.9300.31
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 4.0 0.00 0.0
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 407.0 0.13 588.1-30.81
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 51.5 0.02 167.6-69.24
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,683.4 0.55 639.6163.19
39 Plastics and articles thereof 17,543.6 5.69 21,606.0-18.80
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 39,738.3 12.90 26,660.349.05
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 4.4 0.00 40.7-89.12
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 0.0 0.00 27.1-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 16.1 0.01 22.9-29.49
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0.0 0.00 125.1-100.00
74 Copper and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 30.3-100.00
75 Nickel and articles thereof 26.3 0.01 226.7-88.42
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 44.1 0.01 50.1-11.88
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 82.8 0.03 800.3-89.65
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 1,361.9 0.44 266.2411.57
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 23,403.7 7.60 28,572.0-18.09
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 274.4 0.09 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 0.0 0.00 13.5-100.00

US Imports from Iran

The major share of US imports from Iran in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.65% of US total imports from Iran (0.28% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.25% of US total imports from Iran (18.23% in 2012);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 0.00% of US total imports from Iran (1.59% in 2012).
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.00% of US total imports from Iran (7.10% in 2012).

The largest gains in US imports from Iran in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $0.7 million;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $0.0 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Iran in 2013 over the 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - a decrease of $0.4 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $0.1 million;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $0.1 million;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $0.1 million;
  • 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 $0.0 million.
US imports from Iran in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2012
USD thousand)
Change
in 2013
over 2012
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 83.2-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0.0 0.00 69.1-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 36.5 1.65 6.1498.18
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 5.6 0.25 390.8-98.58
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0.0 0.00 34.1-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,457.5 65.66 1,541.8-5.47
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 720.0 32.44 19.03,680.41
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce