US trade with Lesotho in the first nine months of 2017

Published or Updated: May 05, 2018

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

US Trade with Lesotho

In the first nine months of 2017, US trade with Lesotho was $225.3 million, down 2.88% ($6.7 million) from the first nine months of 2016.

US exports to Lesotho in the first nine months of 2017 were $1.2 million, down 6.54% ($0.1 million) from the first nine months of 2016.

US imports from Lesotho in the first nine months of 2017 were $224.1 million, down 2.86% ($6.6 million) from the first nine months of 2016.

US trade deficit with Lesotho in the first nine months of 2017 was $222.9 million, a 2.84% decrease ($6.5 million) over the first nine months of 2016.

Lesotho was the US 128th largest trading partner in the first nine months of 2017 (down from 123rd in the first nine months of 2016), accounting for 0.0077% of US total trade (down from 0.0089% in the first nine months of 2016).

Lesotho was the US 207th largest export market in the first nine months of 2017 (down from 204th in the first nine months of 2016), accounting for 0.0001% of US total exports (just as in the first nine months of 2016).

Lesotho was the US 101st largest supplier in the first nine months of 2017 (down from 100th in the first nine months of 2016), accounting for 0.0126% of US total imports (down from 0.0148% in the first nine months of 2016).

US Exports to Lesotho

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 72.00% of US total exports to Lesotho (51.84% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 12.89% of US total exports to Lesotho (30.72% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.77% of US total exports to Lesotho (2.20% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.54% of US total exports to Lesotho (2.41% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.00% of US total exports to Lesotho (1.22% in the first nine months of 2016).

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

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Glass and glassware (HS code 70) - an increase of $0.0 million.

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $0.3 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $0.1 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - 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;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - 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;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $0.0 million.
US exports to Lesotho 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
(%)
30 Pharmaceutical products 150.0 12.51 210.7-28.79
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 0.37 117.9-96.20
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 27.3-100.00
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
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 0.77 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 4.5 0.38 0.0
74 Copper and articles thereof 6.5 0.54 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 76.7 6.40 403.8-81.00
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 132.2 11.03 45.0193.85
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 5.2 0.43 38.6-86.52
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 343.4 28.65 17.71,836.23
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 305.5 25.49 159.891.15
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 18.5 1.54 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 142.4 11.88 146.2-2.55

US Imports from Lesotho

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 93.51% of US total imports from Lesotho (93.72% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 5.72% of US total imports from Lesotho (5.80% in the first nine months of 2016).

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $1.8 million.

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

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $8.4 million.
US imports from Lesotho 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
(%)
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 63.1 0.03 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 267.3 0.12 208.828.00
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 137,519.4 61.36 145,966.0-5.79
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 72,055.6 32.15 70,256.42.56
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 12,809.3 5.72 13,387.1-4.32
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 76.4 0.03 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 890.6 0.40 565.857.41
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 7.8-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 372.8 0.17 290.028.55
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce