US trade (export - import) with Nicaragua in 2017

Published or Updated: May 13, 2018

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

US Trade with Nicaragua

In 2017, US trade with Nicaragua totaled $4,933.9 million, up 1.44% ($70.0 million) from 2016.

US exports to Nicaragua in 2017 totaled $1,583.2 million, up 7.36% ($108.5 million) from 2016.

US imports from Nicaragua in 2017 were $3,350.8 million, down 1.14% ($38.5 million) from 2016.

US trade deficit with Nicaragua in 2017 was $1,767.6 million, a 7.68% decrease ($147.0 million) over 2016.

Nicaragua was the US 61st largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 62nd in 2016), accounting for 0.1248% of US total trade (down from 0.1314% in 2016).

Nicaragua was the US 65th largest export market in 2017 (up from 67th in 2016), accounting for 0.1024% of US total exports (up from 0.1015% in 2016).

Nicaragua was the US 58th largest supplier in 2017 (down from 57th in 2016), accounting for 0.1391% of US total imports (down from 0.1507% in 2016).

US Exports to Nicaragua

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 22.31% of US total exports to Nicaragua (28.64% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 21.58% of US total exports to Nicaragua (19.51% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 19.28% of US total exports to Nicaragua (12.88% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 12.94% of US total exports to Nicaragua (15.04% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.03% of US total exports to Nicaragua (7.50% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.86% of US total exports to Nicaragua (2.24% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.56% of US total exports to Nicaragua (1.80% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Nicaragua 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 $114.6 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $44.8 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $18.5 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $13.1 million;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - an increase of $7.8 million;
  • Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery (HS code 58) - an increase of $6.5 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $5.9 million;
  • Cotton (HS code 52) - an increase of $5.7 million.

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $60.2 million;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $19.0 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) - a decrease of $10.7 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $9.6 million;
  • Knitted or crocheted fabrics (HS code 60) - a decrease of $7.9 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $7.2 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - a decrease of $6.8 million.
US exports to Nicaragua 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
(%)
01 Live animals 977.4 0.06 1,043.7-6.35
02 Meat and edible meat offal 19,079.6 1.21 15,512.722.99
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,059.1 0.13 4,260.6-51.67
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 12,114.8 0.77 7,890.253.54
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 1,951.4 0.12 1,000.095.14
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 88.6 0.01 28.9206.68
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,402.5 0.09 1,964.7-28.61
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 7,139.5 0.45 5,162.338.30
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 677.6 0.04 764.6-11.39
10 Cereals 49,468.5 3.12 68,436.6-27.72
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 259.8 0.02 411.8-36.90
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 7,917.3 0.50 8,435.2-6.14
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 202.8 0.01 178.413.70
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 13.8 0.00 16.4-16.24
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 17,625.3 1.11 15,884.810.96
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 2,366.6 0.15 1,601.547.78
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,590.7 0.10 1,263.725.88
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2,989.7 0.19 3,174.1-5.81
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 7,675.0 0.48 6,279.622.22
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 8,785.9 0.55 7,761.213.20
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 13,993.9 0.88 14,550.3-3.82
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2,448.5 0.15 2,839.4-13.77
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 41,129.1 2.60 47,912.3-14.16
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 2,965.3 0.19 5,375.2-44.83
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 2,595.8 0.16 2,088.124.31
26 Ores, slag and ash 59.5 0.00 10.4473.46
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 302,523.6 19.11 187,898.461.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 6,466.3 0.41 3,985.662.24
29 Organic chemicals 6,641.7 0.42 8,181.3-18.82
30 Pharmaceutical products 4,706.3 0.30 5,455.0-13.72
31 Fertilizers 13,253.8 0.84 5,479.2141.89
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 9,567.2 0.60 8,698.69.99
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 7,862.9 0.50 6,597.119.19
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 3,713.9 0.23 4,889.6-24.05
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2,480.6 0.16 2,441.11.62
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 61.1 0.00 19.7210.59
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 543.4 0.03 797.2-31.84
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 13,554.3 0.86 20,795.7-34.82
39 Plastics and articles thereof 34,167.3 2.16 33,686.81.43
40 Rubber and articles thereof 8,203.1 0.52 9,529.9-13.92
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 138.2 0.01 13.8901.66
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 938.2 0.06 982.1-4.47
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 55.4 0.00 17.7212.52
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,250.2 0.14 2,106.66.82
45 Cork and articles of cork 3.2 0.00 5.1-37.67
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 13.7 0.00 61.8-77.78
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 40,827.7 2.58 27,711.247.33
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2,173.9 0.14 3,170.6-31.43
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 132.0-100.00
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 18.9 0.00 247.9-92.37
52 Cotton 43,255.8 2.73 37,556.815.17
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 130.7 0.01 38.6239.15
54 Man-made filaments 2,459.4 0.16 2,721.6-9.64
55 Man-made staple fibers 28,786.9 1.82 26,351.39.24
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,475.2 0.09 1,528.8-3.51
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 488.4 0.03 1,225.4-60.14
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 40,518.6 2.56 34,025.919.08
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 4,463.0 0.28 3,364.932.63
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 49,770.1 3.14 57,657.6-13.68
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 135,060.4 8.53 90,253.149.65
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 3,440.8 0.22 2,886.819.19
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 26,219.3 1.66 25,278.53.72
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 4,941.0 0.31 3,897.226.78
65 Headgear and parts thereof 154.0 0.01 145.45.88
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 307.5 0.02 214.443.44
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 134.0 0.01 138.9-3.49
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,267.9 0.14 2,415.9-6.13
69 Ceramic products 520.7 0.03 668.9-22.16
70 Glass and glassware 1,630.3 0.10 1,139.243.11
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 271.3 0.02 405.5-33.10
72 Iron and steel 848.6 0.05 1,248.4-32.03
73 Articles of iron or steel 9,180.0 0.58 10,968.1-16.30
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,092.1 0.13 1,967.76.32
75 Nickel and articles thereof 19.6 0.00 3.2510.38
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 3,689.2 0.23 3,301.111.76
78 Lead and articles thereof 264.0 0.02 32.3716.41
79 Zinc and articles thereof 278.3 0.02 108.8155.81
80 Tin and articles thereof 35.2 0.00 93.1-62.21
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 18.1 0.00 33.0-45.03
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 5,902.5 0.37 5,249.512.44
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 2,399.4 0.15 3,487.3-31.20
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 163,709.1 10.34 223,893.8-26.88
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 103,895.2 6.56 114,621.0-9.36
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 406.0 0.03 426.4-4.79
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 49,327.7 3.12 58,960.3-16.34
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 7,865.1 0.50 1,983.9296.46
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 2,371.0 0.15 793.5198.81
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 25,689.4 1.62 21,600.618.93
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 173.1 0.01 190.3-9.04
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 454.5 0.03 2,548.0-82.16
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 680.9 0.04 1,567.5-56.57
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 11,332.9 0.72 13,333.1-15.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6,837.2 0.43 6,020.413.57
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 9,212.8 0.58 8,443.09.12
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 469.5 0.03 1,607.0-70.79
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 161,981.3 10.23 143,522.512.86

US Imports from Nicaragua

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

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 45.73% of US total imports from Nicaragua (45.05% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 28.02% of US total imports from Nicaragua (25.07% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 16.30% of US total imports from Nicaragua (17.31% in 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 8.39% of US total imports from Nicaragua (10.98% in 2016).

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

  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $36.7 million;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $34.1 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $17.1 million;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $13.3 million.

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

  • 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) - a decrease of $90.9 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) - a decrease of $42.9 million.
US imports from Nicaragua 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
(%)
01 Live animals 70.4 0.00 79.4-11.25
02 Meat and edible meat offal 213,209.9 6.36 176,502.020.80
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 71,831.0 2.14 70,272.12.22
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 22,590.6 0.67 20,595.19.69
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 175.2 0.01 356.0-50.80
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 6,464.3 0.19 5,732.212.77
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 31,194.2 0.93 31,365.5-0.55
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 24,574.5 0.73 31,792.8-22.70
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 296,050.4 8.84 261,987.713.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 23.1 0.00 7.9193.51
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,585.5 0.08 3,113.9-16.97
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 32.6-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 7,163.1 0.21 3,672.995.03
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 3,061.0 0.09 1,617.289.28
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 59,512.5 1.78 62,096.3-4.16
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 234.9 0.01 211.810.90
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 719.3 0.02 508.941.35
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 141.6 0.00 311.8-54.59
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 4,136.3 0.12 311.11,229.76
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 12,687.9 0.38 10,070.925.99
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 182,504.2 5.45 169,175.77.88
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 20.1-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 0.0 0.00 45.9-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 5.2 0.00 0.0
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0.0 0.00 4.7-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 3,907.1 0.12 2,860.236.60
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0.0 0.00 28.5-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 91.0 0.00 28.0224.90
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 80.9 0.00 77.05.10
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0.0 0.00 280.5-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,366.0 0.04 1,980.4-31.02
40 Rubber and articles thereof 0.3 0.00 0.0
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 8.4 0.00 0.51,609.55
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3,420.0 0.10 3,741.7-8.60
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2,326.9 0.07 2,216.74.98
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 24.5 0.00 35.3-30.66
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 188.7 0.01 160.517.58
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 40.1 0.00 271.5-85.21
50 Silk 81.4 0.00 105.8-23.11
52 Cotton 182.2 0.01 254.6-28.42
54 Man-made filaments 118.4 0.00 110.47.25
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.9 0.00 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 41.6 0.00 72.2-42.34
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 15.3 0.00 61.7-75.17
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 81.3 0.00 6.41,172.58
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2.4 0.00 0.9167.79
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 8.8 0.00 11.0-20.33
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,111,359.2 33.17 1,094,255.31.56
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 408,030.3 12.18 414,553.6-1.57
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,867.1 0.06 1,574.818.56
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 10,550.5 0.31 15,662.9-32.64
65 Headgear and parts thereof 22.6 0.00 116.7-80.67
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 443.7 0.01 783.1-43.34
69 Ceramic products 644.3 0.02 496.329.82
70 Glass and glassware 36.6 0.00 37.0-1.14
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 281,273.0 8.39 372,155.7-24.42
72 Iron and steel 3.5 0.00 7.6-54.40
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,836.6 0.05 1,085.869.15
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 1,000.2 0.03 834.219.90
80 Tin and articles thereof 59.0 0.00 7.7670.71
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 9.4 0.00 16.6-43.50
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 3.0 0.00 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 2,128.9 0.06 1,236.672.16
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 538,189.4 16.06 581,067.0-7.38
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 996.5 0.03 116.6754.61
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 4,881.1 0.15 4,107.218.84
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 55.5 0.00 31.675.58
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 22,583.5 0.67 22,186.81.79
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 430.4 0.01 825.8td-47.88
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 65.4-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 894.0 0.03 2,109.2-57.62
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 12,544.6 0.37 13,715.1-8.53
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce