US trade (export - import) with Lebanon in 2017

Published or Updated: Apr 29, 2018

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

US Trade with Lebanon

In 2017, US trade with Lebanon totaled $1,379.9 million, up 10.80% ($134.5 million) from 2016.

US exports to Lebanon in 2017 totaled $1,248.5 million, up 10.04% ($113.9 million) from 2016.

US imports from Lebanon in 2017 totaled $131.4 million, up 18.53% ($20.5 million) from 2016.

US trade surplus with Lebanon in 2017 was $1,117.1 million, a 9.12% increase ($93.4 million) over 2016.

Lebanon was the US 85th largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 88th in 2016), accounting for 0.0349% of US total trade (up from 0.0336% in 2016).

Lebanon was the US 70th largest export market in 2017 (up from 72nd in 2016), accounting for 0.0808% of US total exports (up from 0.0781% in 2016).

Lebanon was the US 117th largest supplier in 2017 (up from 120th in 2016), accounting for 0.0055% of US total imports (up from 0.0049% in 2016).

US Exports to Lebanon

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 38.94% of US total exports to Lebanon (41.45% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 32.29% of US total exports to Lebanon (26.33% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 8.44% of US total exports to Lebanon (9.32% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.42% of US total exports to Lebanon (8.41% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.27% of US total exports to Lebanon (3.30% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.49% of US total exports to Lebanon (2.52% in 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 0.72% of US total exports to Lebanon (1.01% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Lebanon 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 $104.2 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $17.8 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $14.8 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $12.0 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $4.0 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $3.8 million.

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

  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $22.6 million;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - a decrease of $11.0 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 $8.6 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $5.0 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $4.8 million.
US exports to Lebanon 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 186.1 0.01 155.819.47
02 Meat and edible meat offal 4,883.4 0.39 2,997.162.94
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,296.3 0.10 410.2216.02
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,605.7 0.13 1,537.04.47
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 9.8 0.00 102.5-90.46
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 269.4 0.02 165.263.06
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 4,438.6 0.36 3,790.017.11
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 31,112.4 2.49 27,278.614.05
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 386.9 0.03 429.4-9.88
10 Cereals 7,679.5 0.62 7,313.05.01
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 200.4 0.02 371.3-46.02
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 5,065.4 0.41 6,479.1-21.82
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 25.3 0.00 338.1-92.51
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 6,911.8 0.55 6,175.911.92
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 97.3 0.01 74.031.44
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,594.7 0.13 1,948.8-18.17
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,640.6 0.13 2,004.8-18.17
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 5,575.9 0.45 8,328.2-33.05
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 3,223.7 0.26 2,361.936.48
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 17,166.4 1.37 17,049.90.68
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 3,203.9 0.26 1,979.961.82
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 3,295.4 0.26 8,142.5-59.53
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 5,500.2 0.44 6,345.4-13.32
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 625.9 0.05 381.763.95
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 402,579.5 32.24 298,385.634.92
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1,098.1 0.09 419.9161.54
29 Organic chemicals 4,435.6 0.36 4,574.8-3.04
30 Pharmaceutical products 38,255.1 3.06 36,331.05.30
31 Fertilizers 1,614.0 0.13 1,143.641.13
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,633.8 0.21 2,535.93.86
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 6,825.1 0.55 7,276.4-6.20
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 3,045.7 0.24 2,714.912.19
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,220.7 0.10 1,184.43.06
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0.0 0.00 10,984.0-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 192.9 0.02 296.2-34.88
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 7,146.7 0.57 4,626.754.47
39 Plastics and articles thereof 22,220.8 1.78 20,294.09.49
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,950.8 0.32 3,051.629.47
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 57.6 0.00 6.1851.37
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,102.1 0.17 4,136.5-49.18
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 73.8 0.01 12.7478.97
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 10,131.6 0.81 7,325.238.31
45 Cork and articles of cork 7.4 0.00 5.729.01
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 3.5 0.00 0.0
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 10,521.2 0.84 11,119.9-5.38
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 12,817.8 1.03 11,556.410.92
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 7,326.9 0.59 7,426.1-1.34
50 Silk 317.5 0.03 395.3-19.68
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 109.4 0.01 94.815.37
52 Cotton 391.6 0.03 418.0-6.31
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 10.9 0.00 8.626.12
54 Man-made filaments 349.7 0.03 115.7202.35
55 Man-made staple fibers 617.6 0.05 857.9-28.01
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 188.6 0.02 108.174.52
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 323.7 0.03 184.675.37
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 82.9 0.01 74.810.83
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 435.9 0.03 494.1-11.78
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 19.3 0.00 35.4-45.37
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 3,705.6 0.30 5,088.2-27.17
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 5,341.9 0.43 6,055.7-11.79
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 14,801.5 1.19 10,846.136.47
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 4,193.0 0.34 3,322.026.22
65 Headgear and parts thereof 105.7 0.01 201.1-47.44
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 5.5 0.00 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 129.4 0.01 269.1-51.92
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 561.6 0.04 456.722.96
69 Ceramic products 143.8 0.01 207.6-30.72
70 Glass and glassware 342.8 0.03 725.4-52.74
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 9,030.6 0.72 11,490.4-21.41
72 Iron and steel 90.3 0.01 28.5217.31
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,863.6 0.31 2,124.181.89
74 Copper and articles thereof 361.1 0.03 287.025.85
75 Nickel and articles thereof 58.1 0.00 56.62.69
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,166.1 0.09 2,070.1-43.67
78 Lead and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 36.9-100.00
79 Zinc and articles thereof 9.2 0.00 0.0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 34.4 0.00 17.596.69
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 823.6 0.07 1,101.3-25.22
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,420.5 0.11 770.184.45
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 69,417.7 5.56 74,444.9-6.75
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 20,201.0 1.62 28,825.6-29.92
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 4.5 0.00 37.4-87.99
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 307,531.8 24.63 292,682.85.07
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 55,182.5 4.42 37,383.747.61
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,459.0 0.12 2,131.5-31.55
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 32,382.0 2.59 34,792.4-6.93
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 265.2 0.02 311.9-14.98
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 118.6 0.01 145.5-18.46
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 9,081.4 0.73 31,715.7-71.37
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 6,541.0 0.52 6,709.1-2.50
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 9,418.4 0.75 6,955.135.42
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 534.3 0.04 783.8-31.83
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 17,506.2 1.40 5,461.3220.55
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 25,606.0 2.05 22,744.012.58

US Imports from Lebanon

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

  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 31.41% of US total imports from Lebanon (31.60% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 29.19% of US total imports from Lebanon (33.31% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 5.31% of US total imports from Lebanon (6.60% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.49% of US total imports from Lebanon (4.21% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.43% of US total imports from Lebanon (3.64% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.39% of US total imports from Lebanon (1.17% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.83% of US total imports from Lebanon (1.17% in 2016).

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $12.0 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 $6.2 million;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $1.2 million;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $0.8 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $0.6 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $0.6 million;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $0.6 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $0.5 million;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $0.4 million.

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

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $0.9 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $0.6 million.
US imports from Lebanon 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
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 35.6 0.03 35.60.00
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 16.0 0.01 11.341.38
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2.3 0.00 8.5-72.94
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 203.6 0.15 34.2495.10
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,924.5 2.23 3,567.3-18.02
10 Cereals 26.8 0.02 337.8-92.07
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 34.0 0.03 19.177.56
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 435.5 0.33 386.012.82
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 9.4 0.01 5.090.22
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 6,384.6 4.86 6,391.4-0.11
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 3,001.0 2.28 2,699.111.19
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 711.1 0.54 641.510.84
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 1,113.7 0.85 1,260.6-11.65
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 16,913.4 12.87 15,730.17.52
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 772.3 0.59 657.717.42
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 5,674.2 4.32 5,116.110.91
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 101.6 0.08 25.2303.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 10.2 0.01 11.0-7.10
29 Organic chemicals 14.8 0.01 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,404.0 1.83 1,600.250.23
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 2,213.5 1.68 2,085.46.14
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 134.8 0.10 180.4-25.28
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 499.7 0.38 286.974.19
39 Plastics and articles thereof 634.7 0.48 514.423.38
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 6.2-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 292.4 0.22 501.1-41.65
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 6.0 0.00 40.5-85.24
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 119.4 0.09 379.2-68.51
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0.0 0.00 5.2-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 209.7 0.16 104.0101.53
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 763.6 0.58 804.2-5.05
50 Silk 10.3 0.01 0.0
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 294.0-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 59.3 0.05 27.8113.55
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.6 0.00 380.1-99.85
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 238.6 0.18 157.651.35
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 101.0 0.08 105.8-4.55
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 163.2 0.12 254.6-35.88
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 7.5-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 22.0 0.02 13.069.21
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 328.4 0.25 610.7-46.22
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 5,994.1 4.56 5,363.211.76
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 29.3 0.02 8.2259.37
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 7.5 0.01 79.1-90.55
65 Headgear and parts thereof 5.3 0.00 0.7630.00
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 1.4 0.00 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 12.4 0.01 12.03.86
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,848.6 2.17 2,404.818.45
69 Ceramic products 33.2 0.03 32.90.73
70 Glass and glassware 119.8 0.09 85.839.59
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 41,266.3 31.41 35,032.717.79
73 Articles of iron or steel 627.0 0.48 156.8299.96
74 Copper and articles thereof 6.5 0.00 164.3-96.02
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 126.3 0.10 169.2-25.37
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,062.2 0.81 803.732.15
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,789.4 2.88 3,154.620.13
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 351.0 0.27 380.1-7.65
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 9.5 0.01 90.4-89.50
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 355.3 0.27 412.0-13.74
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 219.9 0.17 0.0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 11.5-100.00
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 806.8 0.61 1,077.5-25.13
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 40.7 0.03 123.1-66.95
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 110.3 0.08 195.7-43.63
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 3,328.0 2.53 4,180.1-20.39
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 23,658.9 18.01 11,616.8103.66
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce