US trade (export - import) with Kuwait in 2013

Published or Updated: Feb 01, 2017

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

US Trade with Kuwait

In 2013, US trade with Kuwait was $15.5 billion, down 3.05% ($0.5 billion) from 2012.

US exports to Kuwait in 2013 were $2.6 billion, down 3.14% ($0.1 billion) from 2012.

US imports from Kuwait in 2013 were $12.9 billion, down 3.03% ($0.4 billion) from 2012.

US trade deficit with Kuwait in 2013 was $10.3 billion, a 3.00% decrease ($0.3 billion) over 2012.

Kuwait was the US 40th largest trading partner in 2013 (down from 39th in 2012), accounting for 0.40% of US total trade (down from 0.41% in 2012).

Kuwait was the US 54th largest export market in 2013 (just as in 2012), accounting for 0.16% of US total exports (down from 0.17% in 2012).

Kuwait was the US 28th largest supplier in 2013 (up from 29th in 2012), accounting for 0.56% of US total imports (down from 0.57% in 2012).

US Exports to Kuwait

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 68.99% of US total exports to Kuwait (68.15% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 9.07% of US total exports to Kuwait (7.60% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.80% of US total exports to Kuwait (8.34% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.31% of US total exports to Kuwait (3.92% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.37% of US total exports to Kuwait (1.33% in 2012).

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

  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $28.2 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $15.2 million;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $14.9 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $11.1 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $8.4 million.

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

  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $88.5 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $39.1 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $33.7 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) - a decrease of $15.9 million.
US exports to Kuwait 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 872.7 0.03 336.7159.23
02 Meat and edible meat offal 35,057.1 1.35 27,428.927.81
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,437.3 0.06 752.790.94
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 12,229.4 0.47 10,230.619.54
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 353.9 0.01 1,487.1-76.20
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 4.5 0.00 62.1-92.76
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 7,704.5 0.30 7,624.61.05
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 26,188.4 1.01 24,005.69.09
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,294.7 0.05 1,242.44.21
10 Cereals 725.5 0.03 2,328.3-68.84
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 361.1 0.01 143.9150.92
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 12,947.4 0.50 4,566.6183.52
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 32.4 0.00 36.1-10.27
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 41.6 0.00 267.9-84.46
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 41,159.6 1.58 48,379.9-14.92
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 3,848.8 0.15 5,669.0-32.11
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4,778.2 0.18 3,748.627.47
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 4,829.8 0.19 2,698.978.96
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 27,576.2 1.06 22,265.223.85
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 16,983.4 0.65 11,388.949.12
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 31,383.7 1.21 24,855.726.26
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,893.8 0.07 1,162.862.86
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,971.0 0.15 3,088.628.57
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 91.6-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 678.3 0.03 3,406.0-80.09
26 Ores, slag and ash 22.5 0.00 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 6,974.7 0.27 8,364.4-16.61
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 14,753.4 0.57 17,141.5-13.93
29 Organic chemicals 11,293.4 0.43 9,322.421.14
30 Pharmaceutical products 32,198.4 1.24 31,687.61.61
31 Fertilizers 667.5 0.03 53.91,137.94
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,852.1 0.11 3,027.0-5.78
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 13,005.4 0.50 9,837.432.20
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 6,485.4 0.25 8,464.9-23.39
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,877.6 0.11 2,256.327.53
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 4,189.7 0.16 3,517.719.10
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 1,252.9 0.05 1,113.512.52
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 86,958.3 3.35 89,167.2-2.48
39 Plastics and articles thereof 37,329.5 1.44 32,303.315.56
40 Rubber and articles thereof 14,663.9 0.56 15,736.8-6.82
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 180.3 0.01 107.667.45
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,773.6 0.11 2,161.828.30
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 84.2 0.00 75.212.08
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,290.1 0.09 2,157.56.15
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 1,479.4 0.06 1,550.3-4.57
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 5,015.3 0.19 6,401.4-21.65
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 7,798.5 0.30 6,448.520.94
50 Silk 40.4 0.00 50.7-20.29
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 3.9 0.00 0.0
52 Cotton 66.5 0.00 85.3-22.06
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 7.4 0.00 60.4-87.75
54 Man-made filaments 176.0 0.01 340.6-48.31
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,705.6 0.07 2,424.4-29.65
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 301.2 0.01 255.317.97
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 4,008.8 0.15 2,404.166.75
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,853.2 0.07 2,239.1-17.23
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,066.0 0.04 656.462.40
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 120.3 0.00 88.635.76
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 6,346.0 0.24 8,942.7-29.04
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 14,112.3 0.54 13,064.18.02
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,414.8 0.05 1,423.2-0.59
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,469.4 0.13 2,653.730.74
65 Headgear and parts thereof 465.9 0.02 534.9-12.90
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 4.0 0.00 17.7-77.12
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 363.3 0.01 544.9-33.34
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 4,064.1 0.16 2,759.947.26
69 Ceramic products 1,332.7 0.05 1,494.4-10.82
70 Glass and glassware 6,010.2 0.23 2,955.2103.38
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 9,975.2 0.38 7,494.733.10
72 Iron and steel 17,414.9 0.67 2,487.5600.11
73 Articles of iron or steel 16,024.2 0.62 55,076.2-70.91
74 Copper and articles thereof 526.3 0.02 1,063.6-50.51
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,049.7 0.04 715.446.73
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 53,314.7 2.05 25,071.4112.65
78 Lead and articles thereof 12.4 0.00 9.727.55
79 Zinc and articles thereof 73.9 0.00 154.0-52.01
80 Tin and articles thereof 10.1 0.00 21.4-52.58
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 590.9 0.02 198.8197.27
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 18,187.7 0.70 15,322.918.70
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 4,833.1 0.19 4,984.5-3.04
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 339,866.0 13.08 324,697.14.67
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 136,063.7 5.24 151,968.5-10.47
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 342.1 0.01 565.2-39.48
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,114,270.8 42.90 1,103,220.11.00
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 58,828.8 2.26 92,513.3-36.41
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 30,776.5 1.18 35,368.4-12.98
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 111,855.0 4.31 119,519.7-6.41
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 515.5 0.02 405.827.03
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 156.8 0.01 45.6243.99
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 35,555.3 1.37 124,070.8-71.34
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 28,042.9 1.08 34,239.1-18.10
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 11,023.0 0.42 11,665.2-5.51
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,153.3 0.08 1,737.223.95
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,150.8 0.04 1,209.9-4.88
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 66,524.0 2.56 66,920.5-0.59

US Imports from Kuwait

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 98.43% of US total imports from Kuwait (97.65% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.33% of US total imports from Kuwait (1.80% in 2012).

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

  • No product groups with a substantial increase.

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

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $294.7 million;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $67.9 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $41.5 million.
US imports from Kuwait 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
(%)
01 Live animals 39.0 0.00 0.0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 16.1 0.00 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 15.9 0.00 31.7-50.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 691.6 0.01 940.9-26.49
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 12,737,261.0 98.42 13,031,912.7-2.26
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0.0 0.00 4.1-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 10,845.7 0.08 5,756.588.41
30 Pharmaceutical products 3.6 0.00 7.9-53.92
31 Fertilizers 157,349.8 1.22 225,230.0-30.14
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3,067.8 0.02 994.4208.51
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 3.6 0.00 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 592.7 0.00 7,554.9-92.16
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1.3 0.00 16.5-92.01
40 Rubber and articles thereof 29.4 0.00 5.0491.44
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 4.5 0.00 5.3-14.78
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 7.4-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 15.2 0.00 77.6-80.44
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.3 0.00 3.4-91.87
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 11.5-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 4.0 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 43.7-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 24.8 0.00 40.7-39.11
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0.8 0.00 7.3-89.18
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0.0 0.00 1.6-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.3 0.00 0.4-23.98
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 430.4 0.00 282.952.13
73 Articles of iron or steel 7.1 0.00 3.1128.41
74 Copper and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 160.6-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 522.1 0.00 1,143.8-54.35
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 7.0 0.00 13.7-48.72
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 14.2-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 532.4 0.00 492.68.08
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 150.9 0.00 241.9-37.60
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 26.2 0.00 79.0-66.84
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 297.4 0.00 27.2992.08
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 3.3-100.00
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 3.4 0.00 14.4-76.50
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 13.5-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 3.2 0.00 5.3-38.57
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 29,436.8 0.23 70,888.5-58.47
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce