US trade (export - import) with Lebanon in 2015

Published or Updated: Feb 17, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Lebanon in 2015: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Lebanon

In 2015, US trade with Lebanon totaled $1,352.4 million, up 0.60% ($8.0 million) from 2014.

US exports to Lebanon in 2015 were $1,256.3 million, down 0.96% ($12.2 million) from 2014.

US imports from Lebanon in 2015 totaled $96.1 million, up 26.65% ($20.2 million) from 2014.

US trade surplus with Lebanon in 2015 was $1,160.3 million, a 2.72% decrease ($32.4 million) over 2014.

Lebanon was the US 87th largest trading partner in 2015 (up from 93rd in 2014), accounting for 0.0355% of US total trade (up from 0.0334% in 2014).

Lebanon was the US 73rd largest export market in 2015 (up from 75th in 2014), accounting for 0.0835% of US total exports (up from 0.0783% in 2014).

Lebanon was the US 125th largest supplier in 2015 (up from 132nd in 2014), accounting for 0.0042% of US total imports (up from 0.0031% in 2014).

US Exports to Lebanon

The major share of US exports to Lebanon in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 37.22% of US total exports to Lebanon (40.47% in 2014);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 24.91% of US total exports to Lebanon (30.23% in 2014);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.56% of US total exports to Lebanon (8.98% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.17% of US total exports to Lebanon (6.82% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.18% of US total exports to Lebanon (3.50% in 2014);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.16% of US total exports to Lebanon (1.90% in 2014);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.78% of US total exports to Lebanon (0.72% in 2014).

The largest gains in US exports to Lebanon in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $111.1 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) - an increase of $13.3 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $12.5 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $8.7 million;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - an increase of $5.6 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Lebanon in 2015 over 2014 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 $70.3 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $34.0 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $16.9 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $9.1 million;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $7.7 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 $6.7 million;
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) (HS code 42) - a decrease of $6.1 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $5.3 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $4.3 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $4.2 million.
US exports to Lebanon in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2014
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2015
over 2014
(%)
01 Live animals 16.3 0.00 189.6-91.43
02 Meat and edible meat offal 3,193.0 0.25 2,956.58.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 307.6 0.02 1,463.3-78.98
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,441.1 0.11 2,171.7-33.64
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 86.1 0.01 126.8-32.10
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 110.5 0.01 93.518.20
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,208.6 0.18 2,077.76.30
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 34,088.8 2.71 21,549.858.19
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 463.9 0.04 198.5133.65
10 Cereals 3,234.5 0.26 20,131.2-83.93
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 101.5 0.01 265.4-61.76
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 6,384.3 0.51 10,656.1-40.09
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 13.3 0.00 39.5-66.35
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,497.7 0.44 4,909.111.99
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 294.9 0.02 275.96.89
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,558.7 0.12 9,270.4-83.19
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,043.3 0.08 1,345.2-22.45
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 6,635.5 0.53 8,887.2-25.34
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 3,759.2 0.30 2,828.532.90
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 17,974.6 1.43 17,327.63.73
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,293.5 0.18 2,751.7-16.65
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 2,245.3 0.18 2,508.2-10.48
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 2,058.8 0.16 1,861.810.58
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 587.8 0.05 811.3-27.55
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 312,329.8 24.86 382,624.7-18.37
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 393.6 0.03 504.5-21.98
29 Organic chemicals 3,983.9 0.32 4,324.0-7.86
30 Pharmaceutical products 34,882.3 2.78 35,325.5-1.25
31 Fertilizers 372.6 0.03 500.5-25.56
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 925.8 0.07 1,452.4-36.26
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 6,910.2 0.55 6,783.51.87
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 2,699.3 0.21 2,976.0-9.30
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,855.3 0.15 2,189.1-15.25
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 5,567.0 0.44 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 320.1 0.03 345.9-7.46
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 4,959.2 0.39 5,502.3-9.87
39 Plastics and articles thereof 23,833.5 1.90 22,894.34.10
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,331.0 0.27 3,709.6-10.21
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 68.9 0.01 15.9332.93
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 6,242.9 0.50 12,332.5-49.38
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 67.3 0.01 61.79.18
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 12,687.2 1.01 12,908.4-1.71
45 Cork and articles of cork 0.0 0.00 3.8-100.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0.0 0.00 3.1-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 10,081.4 0.80 7,854.728.35
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 10,911.5 0.87 15,155.3-28.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 6,324.5 0.50 8,515.0-25.73
50 Silk 315.7 0.03 489.2-35.45
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 176.6 0.01 153.215.24
52 Cotton 1,345.0 0.11 94.61,321.68
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 19.0 0.00 95.1-80.00
54 Man-made filaments 544.0 0.04 423.428.48
55 Man-made staple fibers 709.9 0.06 433.463.82
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 112.8 0.01 292.7-61.47
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 88.9 0.01 340.7-73.91
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 203.8 0.02 320.6-36.44
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 351.3 0.03 386.0-8.99
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 15.6 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 4,625.8 0.37 4,595.00.67
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 5,206.7 0.41 6,592.8-21.02
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 7,939.6 0.63 5,660.540.26
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 4,520.5 0.36 3,759.520.24
65 Headgear and parts thereof 709.2 0.06 370.991.20
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 11.6-100.00
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 301.3 0.02 122.2146.49
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 240.8 0.02 640.7-62.42
69 Ceramic products 773.8 0.06 219.1253.25
70 Glass and glassware 1,620.0 0.13 989.863.66
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 22,420.4 1.78 9,144.4145.18
72 Iron and steel 154.8 0.01 47.1228.53
73 Articles of iron or steel 2,743.4 0.22 2,455.211.74
74 Copper and articles thereof 372.2 0.03 593.7-37.31
75 Nickel and articles thereof 33.6 0.00 26.427.01
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 554.9 0.04 1,729.7-67.92
78 Lead and articles thereof 3.4 0.00 17.2-80.15
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 81.2-100.00
80 Tin and articles thereof 2.7 0.00 4.3-37.10
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 34.2 0.00 9.4265.12
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 1,089.4 0.09 1,007.88.10
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,348.7 0.11 1,047.828.72
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 85,883.1 6.84 82,438.34.18
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 24,134.3 1.92 30,802.4-21.65
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 212.2 0.02 28.6641.83
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 310,097.6 24.68 344,096.1-9.88
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 5,808.5 0.46 14,900.6-61.02
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,257.2 0.18 3,472.2-34.99
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 39,205.7 3.12 37,660.64.10
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 278.0 0.02 160.273.60
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 190.4 0.02 139.336.70
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 119,981.2 9.55 8,868.01,252.97
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 7,667.5 0.61 9,430.6-18.70
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,164.1 0.49 5,939.03.79
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1,223.9 0.10 846.344.62
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 20,380.1 1.62 11,660.574.78
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 29,931.5 2.38 35,252.3-15.09

US Imports from Lebanon

The major share of US imports from Lebanon in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 37.40% of US total imports from Lebanon (44.38% in 2014);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 20.83% of US total imports from Lebanon (9.08% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.81% of US total imports from Lebanon (21.96% in 2014);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 5.64% of US total imports from Lebanon (4.53% in 2014);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.07% of US total imports from Lebanon (2.85% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.34% of US total imports from Lebanon (0.91% in 2014);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.32% of US total imports from Lebanon (1.57% in 2014).

The largest gains in US imports from Lebanon in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $13.1 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $7.4 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $1.7 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1.5 million;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $1.4 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $1.4 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $1.1 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) - an increase of $0.7 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - 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 $0.6 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $0.5 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $0.4 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $0.4 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Lebanon in 2015 over the 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $8.7 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $0.8 million;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - a decrease of $0.4 million;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $0.4 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 $0.3 million.
US imports from Lebanon in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2014
USD thousand)
Change
in 2015
over 2014
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 54.0 0.06 98.2-44.99
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 6.9 0.01 16.5-58.24
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 27.6 0.03 72.4-61.87
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 62.1 0.06 109.0-43.06
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,543.1 2.65 3,299.4-22.92
10 Cereals 1,068.9 1.11 4.225,272.58
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 28.2 0.03 28.4-0.66
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 346.3 0.36 177.794.86
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2.7 0.00 14.1-80.65
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,989.6 6.23 5,286.513.30
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,226.1 2.32 2,066.17.74
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 624.6 0.65 673.5-7.27
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 911.9 0.95 968.3-5.83
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 16,280.2 16.95 14,877.19.43
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 792.0 0.82 847.8-6.58
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 4,937.9 5.14 5,117.8-3.51
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 26.3 0.03 7.9233.43
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 6.7 0.01 11.3-40.53
30 Pharmaceutical products 0.0 0.00 10.7-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,255.1 2.35 2,622.3-14.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,791.1 1.86 1,260.242.12
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 206.6 0.22 176.816.82
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 563.0 0.59 193.7190.65
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3,650.8 3.80 12,389.1-70.53
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0.8 0.00 7.0-89.13
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 675.9 0.70 525.528.62
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 9.1 0.01 25.0-63.72
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 190.1 0.20 138.737.05
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 115.7 0.12 156.6-26.11
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 981.2 1.02 392.5149.99
50 Silk 27.6 0.03 0.0
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 4.1-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 50.7 0.05 7.4582.49
55 Man-made staple fibers 72.0 0.07 2.13,392.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 176.4 0.18 621.2-71.60
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 66.9 0.07 41.162.57
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 130.2 0.14 37.6245.86
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 3.1-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 3.0 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 646.1 0.67 241.4167.70
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,123.4 4.29 2,405.171.45
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6.4 0.01 18.4-65.06
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 98.3 0.10 2.44,047.81
65 Headgear and parts thereof 13.4 0.01 10.429.44
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 6.6 0.01 38.5-82.75
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,363.5 1.42 1,153.318.22
69 Ceramic products 31.6 0.03 74.8-57.82
70 Glass and glassware 55.4 0.06 161.6-65.70
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 20,009.4 20.83 6,886.9190.54
73 Articles of iron or steel 76.3 0.08 135.3-43.59
74 Copper and articles thereof 426.1 0.44 268.158.96
75 Nickel and articles thereof 130.0 0.14 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 14.9 0.02 29.9-49.94
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 617.2 0.64 757.2-18.49
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,556.3 2.66 1,093.6133.76
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 173.2 0.18 511.7-66.16
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 10.8 0.01 204.8-94.74
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 207.3 0.22 355.0-41.61
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 50.2 0.05 73.3-31.54
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 6.5 0.01 2.5163.27
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 1,229.6 1.28 488.4151.79
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 31.0 0.03 4.0678.24
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 314.7 0.33 471.3-33.23
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 3,023.6 3.15 1,656.482.55
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 13,948.7 14.52 6,521.2113.90
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce