US trade (export - import) with Kuwait in 2016

Published or Updated: Apr 23, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Kuwait in 2016: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Kuwait

In 2016, US trade with Kuwait was $6,790.6 million, down 11.04% ($842.8 million) from 2015.

US exports to Kuwait in 2016 totaled $3,296.1 million, up 19.83% ($545.5 million) from 2015.

US imports from Kuwait in 2016 were $3,494.5 million, down 28.43% ($1,388.3 million) from 2015.

US trade deficit with Kuwait in 2016 was $198.5 million, a 90.69% decrease ($1,933.7 million) over 2015.

Kuwait was the US 51st largest trading partner in 2016 (down from 49th in 2015), accounting for 0.1834% of US total trade (down from 0.2003% in 2015).

Kuwait was the US 50th largest export market in 2016 (up from 52nd in 2015), accounting for 0.2268% of US total exports (up from 0.1829% in 2015).

Kuwait was the US 55th largest supplier in 2016 (down from 44th in 2015), accounting for 0.1553% of US total imports (down from 0.2117% in 2015).

US Exports to Kuwait

The major share of US exports to Kuwait in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 67.56% of US total exports to Kuwait (67.33% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.50% of US total exports to Kuwait (9.54% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 6.75% of US total exports to Kuwait (9.00% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 5.64% of US total exports to Kuwait (4.04% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.03% of US total exports to Kuwait (1.58% in 2015).

The largest gains in US exports to Kuwait in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $365,213.6 thousand;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $91,180.2 thousand;
  • 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 $76,092.9 thousand;
  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $59,433.2 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $30,959.6 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $28,952.8 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $27,204.9 thousand;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - an increase of $22,519.2 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Kuwait in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $132,209.6 thousand;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $12,066.4 thousand.
US exports to Kuwait in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
01 Live animals 869.0 0.03 1,719.5-49.47
02 Meat and edible meat offal 29,733.0 0.90 41,799.3-28.87
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,958.3 0.06 706.3177.24
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 10,901.7 0.33 12,948.2-15.80
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 376.2 0.01 1,076.4-65.05
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 84.9 0.00 36.8130.80
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 6,716.4 0.20 8,260.1-18.69
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 31,100.0 0.94 29,055.07.04
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,766.3 0.05 2,004.3-11.87
10 Cereals 3,181.8 0.10 2,091.252.15
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 588.9 0.02 403.545.95
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 5,346.9 0.16 7,255.6-26.31
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 262.6 0.01 3.18,315.16
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 63.0 0.00 30.3107.71
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 42,593.2 1.29 43,527.2-2.15
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 2,678.6 0.08 4,400.3-39.13
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 4,206.3 0.13 3,807.110.48
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 4,744.4 0.14 3,403.639.39
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 14,501.9 0.44 18,353.9-20.99
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 18,297.3 0.56 21,006.0-12.89
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 37,769.1 1.15 36,523.43.41
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 1,736.6 0.05 1,762.0-1.44
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,025.3 0.09 7,178.6-57.86
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 47.8 0.00 165.1-71.03
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 878.7 0.03 2,788.5-68.49
26 Ores, slag and ash 10.6 0.00 20.1-46.97
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 16,568.0 0.50 8,018.1106.63
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 14,300.2 0.43 20,829.0-31.35
29 Organic chemicals 11,341.1 0.34 9,554.818.70
30 Pharmaceutical products 32,225.4 0.98 41,962.9-23.21
31 Fertilizers 1,271.7 0.04 1,066.519.24
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 3,609.7 0.11 4,626.5-21.98
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 21,101.3 0.64 20,510.12.88
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 8,104.8 0.25 8,426.2-3.81
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,922.2 0.09 4,184.8-30.17
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 27,582.1 0.84 5,062.9444.79
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 231.3 0.01 127.082.12
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 104,936.3 3.18 99,280.85.70
39 Plastics and articles thereof 33,456.0 1.02 29,552.313.21
40 Rubber and articles thereof 18,984.8 0.58 17,169.810.57
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 63.3 0.00 71.1-10.93
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,202.2 0.07 2,628.7-16.22
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 5.8 0.00 83.1-92.98
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,452.8 0.07 5,078.6-51.70
45 Cork and articles of cork 44.6 0.00 0.0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 3.0 0.00 28.6-89.51
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 2,600.8 0.08 3,031.3-14.20
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,345.1 0.19 5,945.46.72
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 6,152.2 0.19 5,569.510.46
50 Silk 41.5 0.00 32.726.83
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 19.0 0.00 17.011.21
52 Cotton 51.0 0.00 54.5-6.40
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 21.8 0.00 84.1-74.09
54 Man-made filaments 119.9 0.00 95.325.82
55 Man-made staple fibers 397.0 0.01 1,274.6-68.85
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 238.9 0.01 273.6-12.68
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 3,728.1 0.11 5,871.3-36.50
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 414.8 0.01 1,357.1-69.44
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,562.8 0.05 1,362.614.69
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 45.2 0.00 83.3-45.70
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 6,006.0 0.18 7,134.3-15.82
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 14,335.6 0.43 17,123.9-16.28
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,661.8 0.08 4,003.2-33.51
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 1,047.8 0.03 1,263.5-17.07
65 Headgear and parts thereof 2,618.0 0.08 2,563.02.15
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 72.4 0.00 52.138.98
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 673.3 0.02 744.8-9.61
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 5,206.9 0.16 4,180.224.56
69 Ceramic products 923.4 0.03 1,793.2-48.51
70 Glass and glassware 9,650.5 0.29 10,628.2-9.20
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 7,814.6 0.24 12,664.0-38.29
72 Iron and steel 104,839.4 3.18 45,406.2130.89
73 Articles of iron or steel 38,371.3 1.16 28,999.732.32
74 Copper and articles thereof 955.1 0.03 1,377.3-30.65
75 Nickel and articles thereof 1,621.3 0.05 1,515.07.02
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 13,192.7 0.40 6,592.0100.13
78 Lead and articles thereof 25.2 0.00 14.474.78
79 Zinc and articles thereof 559.4 0.02 128.7334.69
80 Tin and articles thereof 8.9 0.00 57.7-84.60
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 305.7 0.01 804.8-62.01
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 19,957.8 0.61 20,910.3-4.56
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 6,123.5 0.19 5,395.113.50
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 415,981.4 12.62 385,021.98.04
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 273,339.4 8.29 197,246.538.58
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 457.3 0.01 319.543.12
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 802,267.7 24.34 934,477.2-14.15
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 536,570.1 16.28 171,356.5213.13
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 40,940.5 1.24 11,987.7241.52
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 157,271.9 4.77 151,666.43.70
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 694.2 0.02 639.98.49
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 62.8 0.00 571.2-89.01
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 111,989.4 3.40 20,809.2438.17
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 46,649.7 1.42 53,511.3-12.82
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 13,827.3 0.42 13,859.4-0.23
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2,991.6 0.09 3,252.1-8.01
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 5,291.1 0.16 1,932.8173.75
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 104,188.4 3.16 76,983.535.34

US Imports from Kuwait

The major share of US imports from Kuwait in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 95.05% of US total imports from Kuwait (93.43% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.93% of US total imports from Kuwait (2.92% in 2015).

The largest gains in US imports from Kuwait in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • No product groups with a substantial increase.

The largest declines in US imports from Kuwait in 2016 over the 2015 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 $1,240,300.5 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $106,600.3 thousand;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $48,031.9 thousand.
US imports from Kuwait in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2015
USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 30.1-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 13.6-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0.0 0.00 17.9-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 20.5 0.00 2.6702.19
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 9.5 0.00 0.0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 46.1-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 0.0 0.00 349.8-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 3,321,450.0 95.05 4,561,750.5-27.19
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 261.3 0.01 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 1,993.9 0.06 0.0
31 Fertilizers 94,420.4 2.70 142,452.3-33.72
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 551.8 0.02 33.41,553.52
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 10.9 0.00 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3,616.2 0.10 33.010,844.86
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,455.6 0.04 37.83,748.63
40 Rubber and articles thereof 16.7 0.00 0.44,026.98
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 37.7 0.00 5.8547.68
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3.3 0.00 11.8-71.96
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 28.1 0.00 3.1812.78
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 9.7 0.00 23.3-58.33
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 18.6 0.00 51.4-63.80
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2.8 0.00 0.3992.97
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 1.4 0.00 0.0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1.7 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 106.8 0.00 21.5396.67
73 Articles of iron or steel 17.1 0.00 112.7-84.86
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 182.7 0.01 929.4-80.34
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 17.8 0.00 6.3184.78
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 10.0 0.00 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 661.7 0.02 1,024.1-35.39
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 1,301.1 0.04 892.345.81
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3.1 0.00 66.2-95.35
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 10.7-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 284.4 0.01 140.4102.59
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 18.1 0.00 0.0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 20.3 0.00 0.0
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 65.6 0.00 5.61,080.96
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 15.5 0.00 0.0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 4.3 0.00 41.8-89.82
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 5.8 0.00 192.7-96.99
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 67,922.2 1.94 174,522.6-61.08
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce