US trade with Lebanon in the first nine months of 2017

Published or Updated: Apr 29, 2018

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

US Trade with Lebanon

In the first nine months of 2017, US trade with Lebanon totaled $1,005.1 million, up 8.79% ($81.2 million) from the first nine months of 2016.

US exports to Lebanon in the first nine months of 2017 totaled $909.1 million, up 7.59% ($64.1 million) from the first nine months of 2016.

US imports from Lebanon in the first nine months of 2017 totaled $96.0 million, up 21.68% ($17.1 million) from the first nine months of 2016.

US trade surplus with Lebanon in the first nine months of 2017 was $813.1 million, a 6.14% increase ($47.0 million) over the first nine months of 2016.

Lebanon was the US 85th largest trading partner in the first nine months of 2017 (up from 88th in the first nine months of 2016), accounting for 0.0345% of US total trade (down from 0.0353% in the first nine months of 2016).

Lebanon was the US 71st largest export market in the first nine months of 2017 (just as in the first nine months of 2016), accounting for 0.0799% of US total exports (just as in the first nine months of 2016).

Lebanon was the US 117th largest supplier in the first nine months of 2017 (up from 121st in the first nine months of 2016), accounting for 0.0054% of US total imports (up from 0.0050% in the first nine months of 2016).

US Exports to Lebanon

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 36.22% of US total exports to Lebanon (24.91% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 35.05% of US total exports to Lebanon (41.01% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.88% of US total exports to Lebanon (9.08% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.65% of US total exports to Lebanon (9.10% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 3.17% of US total exports to Lebanon (3.54% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.71% of US total exports to Lebanon (2.78% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 0.86% of US total exports to Lebanon (1.16% in the first nine months of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Lebanon in the first nine months of 2017 over the first nine months of 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 $118.5 million;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $8.3 million.

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

  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $24.2 million;
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations (HS code 36) - a decrease of $11.0 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $10.1 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $5.7 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $4.8 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $4.7 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 $4.6 million;
  • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard (HS code 47) - a decrease of $3.0 million.
US exports to Lebanon in the first nine months of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in first 9 months 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in first 9 months 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in first 9 months 2017
over first 9 months 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 178.2 0.02 141.825.62
02 Meat and edible meat offal 4,002.8 0.44 2,269.176.41
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 886.8 0.10 333.3166.07
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 740.5 0.08 1,440.4-48.59
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 5.6 0.00 99.9-94.38
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 77.4 0.01 72.66.59
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,808.9 0.31 2,075.435.34
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 15,798.8 1.74 16,286.7-3.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 308.0 0.03 278.810.45
10 Cereals 6,845.4 0.75 5,481.924.87
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 121.0 0.01 293.8-58.82
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,819.5 0.42 4,505.8-15.23
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 21.8 0.00 338.1-93.54
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,320.5 0.59 4,675.213.80
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 1,258.6 0.14 1,486.7-15.34
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 1,199.3 0.13 1,697.4-29.34
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 4,239.2 0.47 6,062.6-30.08
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,985.8 0.22 1,743.313.91
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 11,899.6 1.31 12,836.0-7.30
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,216.0 0.24 1,474.550.29
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 2,741.5 0.30 7,412.0-63.01
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 5,069.4 0.56 5,619.3-9.79
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 543.7 0.06 306.777.28
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 328,694.3 36.16 210,222.156.36
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 386.9 0.04 346.611.62
29 Organic chemicals 3,223.3 0.35 3,685.1-12.53
30 Pharmaceutical products 28,432.2 3.13 28,570.7-0.48
31 Fertilizers 1,423.5 0.16 1,078.831.96
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,396.3 0.26 2,105.613.80
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 4,530.3 0.50 5,514.0-17.84
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 2,283.6 0.25 1,900.320.17
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,072.0 0.12 866.923.65
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0.0 0.00 10,970.5-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 155.4 0.02 225.7-31.14
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 5,013.8 0.55 3,568.340.51
39 Plastics and articles thereof 17,465.4 1.92 15,844.510.23
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3,132.9 0.34 2,258.338.72
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 36.6 0.00 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 1,807.5 0.20 3,485.9-48.15
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 59.7 0.01 12.7368.44
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 7,370.9 0.81 5,065.145.52
45 Cork and articles of cork 4.8 0.00 5.7-17.09
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 5,591.8 0.62 8,584.4-34.86
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 9,527.1 1.05 10,033.4-5.05
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 6,280.1 0.69 6,234.80.73
50 Silk 195.5 0.02 284.9-31.38
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 67.2 0.01 94.8-29.14
52 Cotton 391.6 0.04 411.1-4.73
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 10.9 0.00 5.888.25
54 Man-made filaments 244.9 0.03 105.3132.54
55 Man-made staple fibers 594.1 0.07 643.2-7.64
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 166.4 0.02 100.365.87
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 237.4 0.03 134.376.75
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 72.8 0.01 66.59.57
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 346.0 0.04 366.9-5.70
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 16.4 0.00 31.4-47.65
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 2,650.8 0.29 3,909.9-32.20
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 3,907.6 0.43 4,443.0-12.05
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 12,314.0 1.35 10,018.722.91
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,163.3 0.35 2,614.620.99
65 Headgear and parts thereof 87.9 0.01 115.0-23.61
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 122.5 0.01 163.6-25.13
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 516.8 0.06 287.879.55
69 Ceramic products 89.4 0.01 167.5-46.65
70 Glass and glassware 214.4 0.02 400.6-46.49
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 7,847.3 0.86 9,767.8-19.66
72 Iron and steel 54.3 0.01 18.0201.88
73 Articles of iron or steel 3,184.1 0.35 1,188.6167.88
74 Copper and articles thereof 132.6 0.01 158.4-16.26
75 Nickel and articles thereof 50.6 0.01 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 934.9 0.10 1,913.2-51.13
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 9.9247.36
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 636.0 0.07 787.6-19.25
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 1,308.5 0.14 634.0106.40
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 51,652.3 5.68 57,387.6-9.99
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 16,659.3 1.83 21,218.7-21.49
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 214,496.8 23.59 219,315.3-2.20
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 10,133.8 1.11 20,260.3-49.98
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,117.5 0.12 1,725.1-35.22
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 24,579.1 2.70 26,608.5-7.63
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 176.9 0.02 119.747.85
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 95.9 0.01 88.28.84
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 4,595.3 0.51 28,750.5-84.02
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 5,510.2 0.61 5,624.2-2.03
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 5,748.4 0.63 4,533.626.80
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 391.0 0.04 659.3-40.69
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 13,344.7 1.47 5,011.6166.28
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 19,916.7 2.19 17,196.415.82

US Imports from Lebanon

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

  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 31.23% of US total imports from Lebanon (31.34% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 30.41% of US total imports from Lebanon (33.77% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 5.55% of US total imports from Lebanon (6.92% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.56% of US total imports from Lebanon (3.94% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.37% of US total imports from Lebanon (4.23% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.49% of US total imports from Lebanon (1.24% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.65% of US total imports from Lebanon (1.03% in the first nine months of 2016).

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $8.1 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 $5.3 million;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $1.6 million;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $1.0 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - 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;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $0.6 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $0.4 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 the first nine months of 2017 over the first nine months of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $0.3 million;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - a decrease of $0.3 million.
US imports from Lebanon in the first nine months of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in first 9 months 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in first 9 months 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in first 9 months 2017
over first 9 months 2016
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 30.9 0.03 25.521.05
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 16.0 0.02 11.341.38
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2.3 0.00 4.8-51.58
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 161.4 0.17 25.8526.78
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,569.5 2.68 2,469.84.04
10 Cereals 16.4 0.02 330.2-95.02
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 30.4 0.03 14.9103.51
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 301.2 0.31 303.2-0.67
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 4,689.5 4.88 4,804.4-2.39
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2,052.8 2.14 1,976.43.87
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 400.4 0.42 354.313.01
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 787.8 0.82 985.8-20.08
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 12,648.6 13.17 11,066.914.29
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 634.8 0.66 514.723.33
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 4,793.4 4.99 3,744.328.02
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 48.1 0.05 9.3418.96
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 4.3 0.00 11.0-60.76
29 Organic chemicals 4.1 0.00 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,722.8 1.79 1,159.348.60
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,777.0 1.85 1,148.754.69
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 67.7 0.07 166.2-59.27
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 367.1 0.38 183.0100.61
39 Plastics and articles thereof 444.3 0.46 449.0-1.05
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) 235.6 0.25 335.2-29.72
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 6.0 0.01 39.7-84.95
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 58.6 0.06 193.9-69.77
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 86.1 0.09 91.1-5.47
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 483.2 0.50 521.4-7.33
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 294.0-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 59.3 0.06 27.8113.55
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 269.7-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 212.9 0.22 140.651.40
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 38.0 0.04 96.5-60.62
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 123.0 0.13 157.9-22.10
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 6.9-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 16.5 0.02 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 254.4 0.26 475.9-46.55
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 4,576.1 4.77 3,959.315.58
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 21.3 0.02 8.2161.39
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 7.5 0.01 17.9-58.26
65 Headgear and parts thereof 3.9 0.00 0.7429.18
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.6 0.00 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 12.0 0.01 7.462.11
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,127.0 2.22 1,707.124.59
69 Ceramic products 30.6 0.03 26.216.52
70 Glass and glassware 116.6 0.12 79.746.33
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 29,982.7 31.23 24,731.321.23
73 Articles of iron or steel 526.9 0.55 97.8438.52
74 Copper and articles thereof 6.5 0.01 161.9-95.96
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 124.3 0.13 99.924.39
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 776.5 0.81 618.725.52
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,743.5 2.86 2,581.66.27
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 205.1 0.21 346.0-40.73
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 9.5 0.01 39.5-75.92
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 278.8 0.29 367.9-24.23
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 219.9 0.23 0.0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 8.8-100.00
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 695.1 0.72 944.4-26.40
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 36.8 0.04 64.2-42.73
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 97.4 0.10 195.7-50.22
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2,244.5 2.34 2,494.7-10.03
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 16,015.3 16.68 7,923.7102.12
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce