US trade (export - import) with Lesotho in 2017

Published or Updated: May 05, 2018

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

US Trade with Lesotho

In 2017, US trade with Lesotho was $318.9 million, down 0.92% ($3.0 million) from 2016.

US exports to Lesotho in 2017 were $1.9 million, down 8.91% ($0.2 million) from 2016.

US imports from Lesotho in 2017 were $317.0 million, down 0.87% ($2.8 million) from 2016.

US trade deficit with Lesotho in 2017 was $315.1 million, a 0.81% decrease ($2.6 million) over 2016.

Lesotho was the US 128th largest trading partner in 2017 (down from 126th in 2016), accounting for 0.0081% of US total trade (down from 0.0087% in 2016).

Lesotho was the US 207th largest export market in 2017 (down from 203rd in 2016), accounting for 0.0001% of US total exports (just as in 2016).

Lesotho was the US 100th largest supplier in 2017 (down from 99th in 2016), accounting for 0.0132% of US total imports (down from 0.0142% in 2016).

US Exports to Lesotho

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 47.47% of US total exports to Lesotho (34.32% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 38.06% of US total exports to Lesotho (19.04% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.49% of US total exports to Lesotho (1.35% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.34% of US total exports to Lesotho (1.48% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.00% of US total exports to Lesotho (32.49% in 2016).

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

  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $0.5 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $0.3 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $0.1 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) - an increase of $0.1 million;
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $0.0 million;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $0.0 million.

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

  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $0.5 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $0.3 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $0.2 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $0.1 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $0.0 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $0.0 million;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - a decrease of $0.0 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $0.0 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $0.0 million;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $0.0 million.
US exports to Lesotho 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
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0.0 0.00 458.6-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 0.0 0.00 219.6-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 704.6 37.05 210.7234.44
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 0.0 0.00 3.1-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0.0 0.00 35.1-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 4.5 0.24 121.2-96.31
40 Rubber and articles thereof 14.7 0.77 27.3-46.28
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0.0 0.00 2.6-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 15.7-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2.8 0.15 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 28.2-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9.3 0.49 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 4.5 0.24 0.0
74 Copper and articles thereof 6.5 0.34 0.0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 31.0-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 100.9 5.31 423.8-76.19
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 135.2 7.11 55.3144.42
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 5.2 0.27 38.6-86.52
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 343.4 18.06 17.71,836.23
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 318.0 16.72 180.975.76
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 18.5 0.97 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 233.6 12.28 218.27.07

US Imports from Lesotho

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 94.26% of US total imports from Lesotho (95.32% in 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 5.03% of US total imports from Lesotho (4.19% in 2016).

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $5.3 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 $2.6 million.

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $11.3 million.
US imports from Lesotho 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
(%)
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 54.0 0.02 12.6327.23
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 79.1 0.02 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 422.3 0.13 349.820.73
40 Rubber and articles thereof 5.3 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) 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 196,121.4 61.86 207,441.2-5.46
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 102,733.3 32.40 97,393.05.48
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 15,942.2 5.03 13,387.119.09
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 76.4 0.02 4.61,560.05
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 1,139.7 0.36 792.243.87
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 7.8-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 471.3 0.15 421.711.78
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce