US trade (export - import) with Jamaica in 2017

Published or Updated: May 13, 2018

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

US Trade with Jamaica

In 2017, US trade with Jamaica totaled $2,442.3 million, up 23.49% ($464.6 million) from 2016.

US exports to Jamaica in 2017 totaled $2,092.0 million, up 26.68% ($440.5 million) from 2016.

US imports from Jamaica in 2017 totaled $350.2 million, up 7.37% ($24.0 million) from 2016.

US trade surplus with Jamaica in 2017 was $1,741.8 million, a 31.43% increase ($416.5 million) over 2016.

Jamaica was the US 75th largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 76th in 2016), accounting for 0.0618% of US total trade (up from 0.0534% in 2016).

Jamaica was the US 60th largest export market in 2017 (up from 64th in 2016), accounting for 0.1353% of US total exports (up from 0.1136% in 2016).

Jamaica was the US 98th largest supplier in 2017 (down from 97th in 2016), accounting for 0.0145% of US total imports (just as in 2016).

US Exports to Jamaica

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 28.50% of US total exports to Jamaica (18.00% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 20.37% of US total exports to Jamaica (25.20% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 18.51% of US total exports to Jamaica (22.61% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 13.12% of US total exports to Jamaica (12.73% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.73% of US total exports to Jamaica (4.10% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.42% of US total exports to Jamaica (3.27% in 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.74% of US total exports to Jamaica (1.19% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.31% of US total exports to Jamaica (1.33% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Jamaica 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 $299.8 million;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $62.4 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $21.9 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) - an increase of $16.8 million;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $10.7 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $7.7 million.

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

  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $7.8 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $6.5 million.
US exports to Jamaica 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 1,578.2 0.08 1,177.634.02
02 Meat and edible meat offal 41,320.7 1.98 39,557.24.46
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 8,871.7 0.42 8,396.45.66
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 36,157.8 1.73 36,057.30.28
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 666.0 0.03 384.673.16
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 308.4 0.01 433.3-28.84
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 5,943.6 0.28 4,742.025.34
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 3,738.6 0.18 3,027.923.47
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,567.6 0.12 2,618.2-1.93
10 Cereals 95,717.2 4.58 92,521.93.45
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 2,615.8 0.13 2,381.09.86
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,571.5 0.12 2,717.2-5.36
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 493.3 0.02 659.2-25.16
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 9.0 0.00 22.2-59.40
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 34,952.9 1.67 31,976.79.31
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 4,259.2 0.20 3,388.425.70
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 6,492.3 0.31 5,221.024.35
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,883.5 0.14 3,264.2-11.66
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 25,666.3 1.23 27,842.9-7.82
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 16,390.0 0.78 15,880.33.21
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 32,685.9 1.56 34,034.2-3.96
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 47,898.1 2.29 46,832.12.28
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 50,275.7 2.40 51,127.2-1.67
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 2,183.2 0.10 1,854.317.74
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,814.7 0.13 2,536.510.97
26 Ores, slag and ash 17.1 0.00 934.5-98.17
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 593,486.9 28.37 293,720.6102.06
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 124,116.3 5.93 61,706.0101.14
29 Organic chemicals 7,009.2 0.34 6,061.615.63
30 Pharmaceutical products 11,966.2 0.57 9,254.329.30
31 Fertilizers 4,195.8 0.20 3,352.625.15
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 12,402.1 0.59 12,835.4-3.38
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 24,739.0 1.18 25,059.1-1.28
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 10,555.7 0.50 12,514.6-15.65
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 3,299.9 0.16 2,163.952.50
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 239.2 0.01 428.1-44.12
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 767.9 0.04 1,385.6-44.58
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 15,610.7 0.75 17,441.7-10.50
39 Plastics and articles thereof 51,238.4 2.45 50,163.92.14
40 Rubber and articles thereof 8,316.5 0.40 7,833.56.17
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 90.4 0.00 11.0723.71
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,119.6 0.05 1,639.4-31.71
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 48.3 0.00 56.2-14.04
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 43,942.2 2.10 33,291.131.99
45 Cork and articles of cork 40.0 0.00 29.933.76
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 60.9 0.00 13.7345.17
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 126.7 0.01 11.8972.78
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 25,245.1 1.21 28,544.8-11.56
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 8,534.5 0.41 5,861.345.61
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 111.8-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 18.7 0.00 14.727.06
52 Cotton 336.6 0.02 389.3-13.54
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 98.2 0.00 37.3163.10
54 Man-made filaments 1,021.5 0.05 1,020.50.10
55 Man-made staple fibers 593.7 0.03 543.39.26
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,168.6 0.06 812.043.92
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 1,079.6 0.05 992.18.82
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 858.1 0.04 872.7-1.67
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,850.6 0.09 1,987.3-6.88
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 104.7 0.01 230.0-54.48
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,509.3 0.12 1,953.928.43
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,491.3 0.21 2,358.090.47
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 8,955.9 0.43 6,386.040.24
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2,388.4 0.11 2,194.38.85
65 Headgear and parts thereof 676.5 0.03 459.047.36
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 394.0 0.02 318.323.80
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 766.7 0.04 1,328.8-42.30
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,032.1 0.14 3,950.1-23.24
69 Ceramic products 3,383.5 0.16 5,078.5-33.38
70 Glass and glassware 4,598.6 0.22 4,227.98.77
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 36,435.5 1.74 19,596.285.93
72 Iron and steel 4,638.3 0.22 3,240.743.13
73 Articles of iron or steel 19,931.5 0.95 27,707.2-28.06
74 Copper and articles thereof 954.9 0.05 1,298.6-26.47
75 Nickel and articles thereof 50.1 0.00 86.3-41.88
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 15,294.2 0.73 11,955.227.93
78 Lead and articles thereof 56.4 0.00 148.5-62.03
79 Zinc and articles thereof 205.8 0.01 78.3162.67
80 Tin and articles thereof 2.9 0.00 196.7-98.53
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 67.4 0.00 106.5-36.71
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 3,875.1 0.19 3,478.911.39
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 5,593.1 0.27 5,711.7-2.08
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 194,695.0 9.31 188,904.43.07
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 101,568.4 4.86 100,999.30.56
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 1,416.6 0.07 1,340.45.68
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 47,161.8 2.25 39,441.319.57
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 4,322.1 0.21 970.9345.18
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 4,742.7 0.23 1,882.0152.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 33,385.6 1.60 39,872.1-16.27
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 8,027.0 0.38 7,266.410.47
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 873.7 0.04 431.2102.63
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 2,151.0 0.10 3,211.3-33.02
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 22,745.0 1.09 18,943.820.07
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,096.8 0.29 5,528.510.28
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 8,374.4 0.40 8,029.74.29
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 304.7 0.01 203.849.54
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 154,507.1 7.39 132,620.116.50

US Imports from Jamaica

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 43.84% of US total imports from Jamaica (39.67% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 23.96% of US total imports from Jamaica (35.72% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 20.08% of US total imports from Jamaica (14.60% in 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 2.40% of US total imports from Jamaica (2.57% in 2016).

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

  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - an increase of $22.4 million;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $20.5 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $5.4 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $4.0 million;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $2.6 million;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $2.1 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $1.9 million;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $1.2 million.

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $28.4 million;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $4.2 million;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $2.1 million;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $1.7 million.
US imports from Jamaica 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
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,569.8 0.73 1,406.282.75
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 3,715.5 1.06 3,782.3-1.77
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 30.9 0.01 6.3393.71
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 92.3 0.03 71.928.39
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 28,137.1 8.03 25,998.68.23
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 5,084.7 1.45 5,765.2-11.81
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 11,020.1 3.15 9,134.020.65
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 16.0-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 592.2 0.17 597.9-0.94
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 375.6 0.11 438.0-14.23
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 141.7 0.04 83.270.38
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 4.1-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 76.6 0.02 83.2-7.95
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 187.7 0.05 28.8551.65
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 5,354.6 1.53 7,102.9-24.61
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 30.5 0.01 19.754.47
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 12,865.6 3.67 10,257.125.43
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 13,379.2 3.82 15,498.9-13.68
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 20,045.9 5.72 19,557.72.50
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 49,840.8 14.23 29,380.869.64
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0.0 0.00 168.9-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 4,785.2 1.37 9,022.4-46.96
26 Ores, slag and ash 79,110.8 22.59 107,481.5-26.40
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 6.2 0.00 7.9-20.96
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 67,343.6 19.23 44,951.449.81
31 Fertilizers 82.5 0.02 106.8-22.73
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 92.9 0.03 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,292.5 0.37 1,437.0-10.06
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 163.5 0.05 141.215.78
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 6.7 0.00 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,348.7 0.39 977.937.91
40 Rubber and articles thereof 13.9 0.00 0.43,379.25
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 76.0 0.02 4.71,529.54
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 1,236.6 0.35 944.130.97
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0.0 0.00 15.4-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 10.3 0.00 18.4-44.38
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 9.5 0.00 11.7-19.23
55 Man-made staple fibers 11.9 0.00 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 99.5 0.03 129.5-23.20
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 13.5 0.00 7.872.55
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 23.5 0.01 18.626.22
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 22.7 0.01 58.0-60.90
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0.0 0.00 1.3-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.3 0.00 0.4-24.13
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0.0 0.00 29.6-100.00
69 Ceramic products 3.9 0.00 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 3.3 0.00 0.0
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 8,402.4 2.40 8,395.70.08
73 Articles of iron or steel 353.3 0.10 301.117.36
74 Copper and articles thereof 35.3 0.01 54.6-35.39
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 66.4 0.02 73.1-9.18
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0.0 0.00 4.4-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3.7 0.00 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 866.3 0.25 623.338.98
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 1,356.0 0.39 1,190.513.91
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4.5 0.00 6.9-35.80
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 106.5 0.03 157.2-32.24
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 191.6 0.05 454.3-57.82
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 14.4-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 4,014.0 1.15 50.27,903.19
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 25,540.1 7.29 20,101.027.06
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce