US trade (export - import) with Nepal in 2016

Published or Updated: Apr 17, 2017

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

US Trade with Nepal

In 2016, US trade with Nepal totaled $135.0 million, up 5.07% ($6.5 million) from 2015.

US exports to Nepal in 2016 totaled $40.6 million, up 11.20% ($4.1 million) from 2015.

US imports from Nepal in 2016 totaled $94.5 million, up 2.64% ($2.4 million) from 2015.

US trade deficit with Nepal in 2016 was $53.9 million, a 2.98% decrease ($1.7 million) over 2015.

Nepal was the US 152nd largest trading partner in 2016 (up from 155th in 2015), accounting for 0.0036% of US total trade (up from 0.0034% in 2015).

Nepal was the US 167th largest export market in 2016 (just as in 2015), accounting for 0.0028% of US total exports (up from 0.0024% in 2015).

Nepal was the US 123rd largest supplier in 2016 (up from 127th in 2015), accounting for 0.0042% of US total imports (up from 0.0040% in 2015).

US Exports to Nepal

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 60.75% of US total exports to Nepal (48.37% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 16.94% of US total exports to Nepal (2.68% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.03% of US total exports to Nepal (7.30% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 5.01% of US total exports to Nepal (1.68% in 2015).

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

  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $3,259.8 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $3,036.0 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $2,225.8 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,192.8 thousand;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $2,024.3 thousand;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - an increase of $1,791.2 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,556.6 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $744.1 thousand;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $214.5 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $191.1 thousand.

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $8,460.3 thousand;
  • 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 $1,583.3 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $875.8 thousand;
  • 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 (HS code 94) - a decrease of $788.7 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $470.4 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $355.3 thousand;
  • Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 05) - a decrease of $217.9 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $184.7 thousand;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $125.7 thousand.
US exports to Nepal 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
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 16.3-100.00
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 4.6 0.01 222.5-97.93
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 7.9 0.02 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 195.0 0.48 187.83.82
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 24.5 0.06 209.2-88.30
10 Cereals 57.4 0.14 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3,388.9 8.35 129.12,524.12
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2.9 0.01 0.0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,108.0 5.20 83.72,418.36
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0.0 0.00 4.2-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 11.2 0.03 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 855.9 2.11 111.8665.26
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 214.5 0.53 0.0
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0.0 0.00 14.4-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 125.7-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 3.4 0.01 3.40.06
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 90.2 0.22 4.41,947.70
29 Organic chemicals 116.5 0.29 72.760.18
30 Pharmaceutical products 693.0 1.71 501.938.07
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 145.8 0.36 60.1142.65
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 225.4 0.56 190.918.11
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 0.0 0.00 15.9-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 10.6 0.03 31.1-65.88
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 318.7 0.79 364.9-12.65
39 Plastics and articles thereof 406.4 1.00 1,282.2-68.30
40 Rubber and articles thereof 31.8 0.08 139.2-77.12
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.0 0.00 33.3-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 17.2 0.04 123.0-85.98
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 33.5 0.08 105.3-68.23
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 60.2 0.15 27.4119.63
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 22.0-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 29.4 0.07 98.1-70.03
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,791.2 4.42 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 9.8-100.00
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 8.3 0.02 20.0-58.47
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 12.4-100.00
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 8.0 0.02 21.7-62.99
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 21.2 0.05 23.4-9.69
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 47.9 0.12 18.2163.45
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 131.7 0.32 487.0-72.96
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0.0 0.00 15.6-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 25.6 0.06 3.3682.88
70 Glass and glassware 32.5 0.08 4.5621.95
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 22.0 0.05 62.3-64.66
72 Iron and steel 20.1 0.05 29.6-32.17
73 Articles of iron or steel 37.4 0.09 15.4142.51
75 Nickel and articles thereof 6.2 0.02 16.6-62.49
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 7.7 0.02 77.4-90.03
78 Lead and articles thereof 11.2 0.03 0.0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0.0 0.00 8.0-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 15.7 0.04 22.6-30.72
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 19.3 0.05 14.137.41
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 5,357.5 13.21 3,800.940.95
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 2,518.9 6.21 4,102.2-38.60
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 41.3 0.10 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2,209.0 5.45 16.213,565.19
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 7,166.7 17.67 4,130.773.50
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 62.0 0.15 532.4-88.35
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 7,289.2 17.97 5,063.443.96
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 70.0 0.17 5.71,118.22
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 196.4 0.48 985.0-80.06
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 159.6 0.39 79.8100.06
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 25.2-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 4,234.6 10.44 12,695.0-66.64

US Imports from Nepal

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 73.52% of US total imports from Nepal (73.16% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 6.17% of US total imports from Nepal (4.07% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.45% of US total imports from Nepal (2.49% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.21% of US total imports from Nepal (1.50% in 2015);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 2.14% of US total imports from Nepal (1.95% in 2015).

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

  • Carpets and other textile floor coverings (HS code 57) - an increase of $5,384.0 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $2,637.4 thousand;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - an increase of $1,354.5 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $587.2 thousand;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - an increase of $468.5 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $454.8 thousand.

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

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $2,811.0 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $2,019.0 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $1,975.5 thousand;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - a decrease of $1,740.1 thousand;
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) (HS code 42) - a decrease of $527.9 thousand.
US imports from Nepal 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
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 24.9 0.03 5.7336.95
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 8.7 0.01 17.5-50.11
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 7.3 0.01 8.3-12.52
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 70.2 0.07 29.3139.60
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 266.0 0.28 213.124.81
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 48.2 0.05 13.7251.82
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 10.6 0.01 10.14.64
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 7.9 0.01 0.0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 69.4 0.07 47.247.10
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 742.2 0.79 287.4158.22
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 168.5 0.18 53.7213.97
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0.0 0.00 16.0-100.00
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 4,403.8 4.66 3,049.344.42
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 7.7 0.01 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 519.5 0.55 552.6-5.99
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,276.3 1.35 689.285.20
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 38.2 0.04 27.837.27
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0.0 0.00 7.5-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 242.7 0.26 100.1142.37
40 Rubber and articles thereof 10.3 0.01 2.6293.56
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 171.1 0.18 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,033.0 2.15 2,560.9-20.61
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 61.3 0.06 120.1-49.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 514.0 0.54 511.80.43
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 56.8 0.06 37.153.04
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,602.9 1.70 1,587.11.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 82.4 0.09 39.9106.51
50 Silk 20.1 0.02 4.7328.05
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 300.9 0.32 190.957.56
52 Cotton 3.4 0.00 7.3-54.09
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 17.5 0.02 3.3424.22
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.4 0.00 15.6-97.14
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 323.8 0.34 2,063.8-84.31
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 45,568.4 48.23 40,184.413.40
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 8.9 0.01 42.9-79.31
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 113.2 0.12 115.0-1.54
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 1.9-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 6,325.3 6.69 8,344.4-24.20
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 8,374.9 8.86 10,350.3-19.09
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 6,551.0 6.93 3,913.667.39
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 130.2 0.14 154.4-15.68
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1,715.9 1.82 1,947.4-11.89
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.3 0.00 0.0
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 9.8 0.01 8.317.93
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 23.1 0.02 32.5-28.91
69 Ceramic products 57.7 0.06 37.055.64
70 Glass and glassware 1,121.1 1.19 1,220.5-8.15
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 2,019.2 2.14 1,797.012.36
73 Articles of iron or steel 8.7 0.01 18.9-53.78
74 Copper and articles thereof 386.7 0.41 332.116.45
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 26.9 0.03 15.870.44
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 86.2 0.09 16.7416.93
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 384.7 0.41 343.512.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 122.6 0.13 39.3211.97
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 12.2 0.01 104.7-88.33
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 11.0-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 73.3 0.08 172.0-57.38
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 138.0 0.15 68.0102.87
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 186.8 0.20 296.7-37.02
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,432.7 1.52 964.248.59
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 251.9 0.27 11.22,155.31
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 3,377.1 3.57 6,188.1-45.43
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 2,868.9 3.04 3,048.7-5.90
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce