US trade (export - import) with Libya in 2017

Published or Updated: May 07, 2018

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

US Trade with Libya

In 2017, US trade with Libya totaled $1,569.7 million, up 261.54% ($1,135.5 million) from 2016.

US exports to Libya in 2017 were $134.7 million, down 28.70% ($54.2 million) from 2016.

US imports from Libya in 2017 totaled $1,435.0 million, up 485.03% ($1,189.7 million) from 2016.

US trade deficit with Libya in 2017 was $1,300.4 million, a 2,204.98% increase ($1,243.9 million) over 2016.

Libya was the US 84th largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 115th in 2016), accounting for 0.0397% of US total trade (up from 0.0117% in 2016).

Libya was the US 133rd largest export market in 2017 (down from 126th in 2016), accounting for 0.0087% of US total exports (down from 0.0130% in 2016).

Libya was the US 69th largest supplier in 2017 (up from 105th in 2016), accounting for 0.0596% of US total imports (up from 0.0109% in 2016).

US Exports to Libya

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 40.11% of US total exports to Libya (39.36% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 33.41% of US total exports to Libya (31.79% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 19.66% of US total exports to Libya (16.36% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.84% of US total exports to Libya (0.89% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.94% of US total exports to Libya (8.84% in 2016).

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $7.7 million;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $5.0 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $4.6 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $2.2 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $1.8 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1.5 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $1.2 million;
  • Photographic or cinematographic goods (HS code 37) - an increase of $1.1 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $1.0 million;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $0.8 million;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $0.5 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Libya in 2017 over 2016 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) - a decrease of $30.7 million;
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $15.5 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $8.9 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $8.8 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $6.8 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $3.3 million;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $2.4 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $1.7 million;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $1.7 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $0.8 million;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $0.7 million;
  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts (HS code 13) - a decrease of $0.4 million.
US exports to Libya 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
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 8,353.8 6.20 10,794.9-22.61
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 183.8 0.14 845.5-78.26
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0.0 0.00 23.7-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,890.8 1.40 939.1101.33
10 Cereals 24,086.0 17.88 32,931.3-26.86
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 4,650.2 3.45 2,412.092.80
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 415.0-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 8,273.7 6.14 17,190.5-51.87
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 46.1 0.03 53.6-14.01
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0.0 0.00 9.4-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 21.1 0.02 53.2-60.37
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 6,075.8 4.51 1,090.9456.97
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 427.4 0.32 734.2-41.78
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0.0 0.00 23.6-100.00
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 6.1 0.00 6,829.1-99.91
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 26.7 0.02 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,236.7 0.92 16,688.0-92.59
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 91.4 0.07 64.342.10
29 Organic chemicals 1,479.2 1.10 3,143.0-52.94
30 Pharmaceutical products 7,614.1 5.65 9,270.0-17.86
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 8.2 0.01 8.5-4.10
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 921.8 0.68 1,278.6-27.90
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 393.8 0.29 376.34.64
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 551.0 0.41 197.8178.56
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 94.9 0.07 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 2,364.7 1.76 1,238.590.93
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,980.1 1.47 816.0142.64
39 Plastics and articles thereof 10,786.2 8.01 14,079.3-23.39
40 Rubber and articles thereof 193.4 0.14 422.9-54.27
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 448.2 0.33 495.8-9.59
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 1,536.8 1.14 1,138.934.94
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 31.7 0.02 37.1-14.64
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 467.3 0.35 3.812,068.49
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 351.2 0.26 219.060.39
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 18.0 0.01 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 44.6 0.03 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 465.9 0.35 115.6302.87
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 42.3 0.03 132.0-67.95
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 153.4 0.11 68.4124.21
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3.4 0.00 0.0
69 Ceramic products 8.9 0.01 12.6-29.21
70 Glass and glassware 69.0 0.05 2.82,348.09
72 Iron and steel 22.1 0.02 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 1,014.4 0.75 205.1394.58
74 Copper and articles thereof 21.8 0.02 0.0
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 17.9 0.01 14.523.32
79 Zinc and articles thereof 9.0 0.01 0.0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0.0 0.00 14.6-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 60.3 0.04 46.629.53
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 114.6 0.09 3.13,561.02
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 13,020.8 9.67 8,386.555.26
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 10,484.8 7.79 41,173.6-74.54
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 15,748.9 11.69 8,022.796.30
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 2,047.3 1.52 258.7691.37
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 105.6 0.08 101.24.31
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,588.4 2.66 2,095.671.24
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 17.9 0.01 32.2-44.27
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 230.9 0.17 572.5-59.67
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 52.5 0.04 384.9-86.37
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 65.1 0.05 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 2,656.9 1.97 3,407.0-22.02

US Imports from Libya

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 98.92% of US total imports from Libya (90.53% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.04% of US total imports from Libya (9.31% in 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Libya 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 $1,197.5 million.

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

  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $8.0 million.
US imports from Libya 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
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0.0 0.00 228.3-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1,419,538.6 98.92 222,071.6539.23
29 Organic chemicals 38.7 0.00 0.0
31 Fertilizers 14,833.8 1.03 22,825.4-35.01
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 7.6-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 25.5 0.00 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1.1 0.00 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 4.1 0.00 0.0
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 5.6 0.00 3.180.62
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 28.0-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 35.7 0.00 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 556.4 0.04 128.8331.99
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce