US trade (export - import) with Libya in 2016

Published or Updated: May 04, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Libya in 2016: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Libya

In 2016, US trade with Libya totaled $434.2 million, up 12.73% ($49.0 million) from 2015.

US exports to Libya in 2016 were $188.9 million, down 13.36% ($29.1 million) from 2015.

US imports from Libya in 2016 totaled $245.3 million, up 46.76% ($78.2 million) from 2015.

US trade balance with Libya went from a surplus of $50.9 million in 2015, to a deficit of $56.4 million in 2016.

Libya was the US 115th largest trading partner in 2016 (up from 118th in 2015), accounting for 0.0117% of US total trade (up from 0.0101% in 2015).

Libya was the US 126th largest export market in 2016 (down from 122nd in 2015), accounting for 0.0130% of US total exports (down from 0.0145% in 2015).

Libya was the US 105th largest supplier in 2016 (up from 111th in 2015), accounting for 0.0109% of US total imports (up from 0.0072% in 2015).

US Exports to Libya

The major share of US exports to Libya in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 39.36% of US total exports to Libya (59.93% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 31.79% of US total exports to Libya (19.66% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 16.36% of US total exports to Libya (14.31% in 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 8.84% of US total exports to Libya (0.43% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.89% of US total exports to Libya (2.57% in 2015).

The largest gains in US exports to Libya in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $36,917.2 thousand;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - an increase of $15,749.8 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $3,117.4 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $2,114.1 thousand;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $1,749.6 thousand;
  • Photographic or cinematographic goods (HS code 37) - an increase of $1,011.4 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Libya in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $34,057.6 thousand;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $10,438.7 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $8,422.6 thousand;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $6,934.5 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $6,649.9 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $4,534.1 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $3,579.6 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $3,159.1 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $2,887.7 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $1,577.0 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $1,390.9 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $1,270.8 thousand;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $1,179.6 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $959.8 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $877.4 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $838.7 thousand.
US exports to Libya in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 10,794.9 5.72 17,729.4-39.11
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 845.5 0.45 2,422.5-65.10
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 23.7 0.01 72.9-67.49
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 939.1 0.50 2,209.9-57.50
10 Cereals 32,931.3 17.44 29,813.910.46
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,412.0 1.28 3,802.9-36.58
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 415.0 0.22 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 17,190.5 9.10 51,248.1-66.46
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 53.6 0.03 59.7-10.20
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 9.4 0.00 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 53.2 0.03 110.2-51.70
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,090.9 0.58 4,249.9-74.33
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 734.2 0.39 428.871.24
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 23.6 0.01 50.4-53.13
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 6,829.1 3.62 17,267.9-60.45
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 1,179.6-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 5.2-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 16,688.0 8.84 938.31,678.63
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 64.3 0.03 60.46.57
29 Organic chemicals 3,143.0 1.66 1,393.4125.57
30 Pharmaceutical products 9,270.0 4.91 7,155.929.54
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 8.5 0.00 113.2-92.46
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,278.6 0.68 2,117.3-39.61
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 376.3 0.20 744.3-49.44
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 197.8 0.10 396.3-50.08
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0.0 0.00 80.5-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 1,238.5 0.66 227.2445.23
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 816.0 0.43 3,703.7-77.97
39 Plastics and articles thereof 14,079.3 7.45 14,956.7-5.87
40 Rubber and articles thereof 422.9 0.22 241.575.09
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 15.4-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 495.8 0.26 4,075.4-87.84
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 1,138.9 0.60 1,041.09.40
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 37.1 0.02 465.9-92.03
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 3.8 0.00 24.3-84.20
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 219.0 0.12 0.0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.0 0.00 152.9-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 13.0-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 9.1-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 115.6 0.06 576.7-79.95
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 132.0 0.07 100.031.97
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 68.4 0.04 10.5551.15
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0.0 0.00 4.5-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0.0 0.00 3.5-100.00
69 Ceramic products 12.6 0.01 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 2.8 0.00 29.6-90.47
73 Articles of iron or steel 205.1 0.11 1,164.9-82.39
75 Nickel and articles thereof 3.2 0.00 10.1-68.32
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 14.5 0.01 48.1-69.82
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 14.6 0.01 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 46.6 0.02 129.0-63.91
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3.1 0.00 21.0-85.13
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 8,386.5 4.44 15,036.4-44.23
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 41,173.6 21.80 4,256.4867.34
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 0.0 0.00 6.5-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 8,022.7 4.25 16,445.4-51.22
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 258.7 0.14 196.631.62
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 101.2 0.05 297.2-65.95
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,095.6 1.11 6,629.6-68.39
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 32.2 0.02 62.3-48.36
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 11.8-100.00
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 572.5 0.30 352.762.30
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 384.9 0.20 218.176.52
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 50.3-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,407.0 1.80 3,762.7-9.45

US Imports from Libya

The major share of US imports from Libya in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 90.53% of US total imports from Libya (84.39% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 9.31% of US total imports from Libya (14.29% in 2015).

The largest gains in US imports from Libya in 2016 over 2015 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 $81,027.3 thousand;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $2,539.2 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Libya in 2016 over the 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $3,605.9 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $2,001.3 thousand.
US imports from Libya in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2015
USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 228.3 0.09 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 222,071.6 90.53 141,044.357.45
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 3,605.9-100.00
31 Fertilizers 22,825.4 9.31 20,286.212.52
40 Rubber and articles thereof 7.6 0.00 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 0.3-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 0.0 0.00 18.5-100.00
78 Lead and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 2.2-100.00
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 3.1 0.00 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 28.0 0.01 3.0825.69
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 11.4-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 37.2-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 128.8 0.05 2,130.1-93.95
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce