US trade (export - import) with Rwanda in 2016

Published or Updated: Apr 25, 2017

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

US Trade with Rwanda

In 2016, US trade with Rwanda totaled $101.1 million, up 65.29% ($39.9 million) from 2015.

US exports to Rwanda in 2016 totaled $74.6 million, up 421.71% ($60.3 million) from 2015.

US imports from Rwanda in 2016 were $26.4 million, down 43.56% ($20.4 million) from 2015.

US trade balance with Rwanda went from a deficit of $32.5 million in 2015, to a surplus of $48.2 million in 2016.

Rwanda was the US 159th largest trading partner in 2016 (up from 173rd in 2015), accounting for 0.0027% of US total trade (up from 0.0016% in 2015).

Rwanda was the US 149th largest export market in 2016 (up from 184th in 2015), accounting for 0.0051% of US total exports (up from 0.0010% in 2015).

Rwanda was the US 152nd largest supplier in 2016 (down from 146th in 2015), accounting for 0.0012% of US total imports (down from 0.0020% in 2015).

US Exports to Rwanda

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 91.10% of US total exports to Rwanda (50.81% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 5.41% of US total exports to Rwanda (22.93% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 0.59% of US total exports to Rwanda (1.21% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.47% of US total exports to Rwanda (3.45% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.32% of US total exports to Rwanda (1.12% in 2015).

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

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $54,467.9 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) - an increase of $5,137.8 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,580.3 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $721.4 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $319.8 thousand.

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $1,250.5 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $665.0 thousand.
US exports to Rwanda 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
(%)
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 7.0 0.01 0.0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2.7 0.00 0.0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 6.6 0.01 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0.0 0.00 20.3-100.00
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 7.3 0.01 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 3.0-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 0.0 0.00 29.4-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 3,432.4 4.60 2,711.026.61
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0.0 0.00 9.4-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 207.8 0.28 47.7335.52
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 0.0 0.00 50.1-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 143.0 0.19 328.9-56.52
39 Plastics and articles thereof 247.2 0.33 132.686.42
40 Rubber and articles thereof 3.7 0.01 0.0
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 4.0 0.01 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 93.9-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 15.1 0.02 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 147.4 0.20 42.1250.20
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 73.5 0.10 118.4-37.92
54 Man-made filaments 0.0 0.00 6.7-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 3.7 0.01 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 4.0 0.01 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 92.2 0.12 72.626.98
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 15.5 0.02 81.0-80.82
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 223.4 0.30 209.36.77
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 0.0 0.00 112.2-100.00
65 Headgear and parts thereof 11.4 0.02 11.8-3.57
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 21.0 0.03 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 370.1 0.50 50.3636.40
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 25.7 0.03 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 42.7 0.06 118.5-63.97
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 4.2-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 5,062.2 6.78 3,481.945.38
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 6,416.6 8.60 1,278.8401.76
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 9.4-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 261.4 0.35 926.4-71.78
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 54,885.5 73.55 417.613,042.32
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,352.4 1.81 1,153.217.27
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 100.8-100.00
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 228.5 0.31 154.348.03
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 30.1 0.04 12.8135.63
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 58.8 0.08 47.424.09
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2.7 0.00 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 1,216.8 1.63 2,467.3-50.68

US Imports from Rwanda

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 78.58% of US total imports from Rwanda (57.85% in 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 10.76% of US total imports from Rwanda (38.38% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 4.05% of US total imports from Rwanda (1.22% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.76% of US total imports from Rwanda (0.45% in 2015).

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

  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) (HS code 42) - an increase of $731.0 thousand;
  • Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork (HS code 46) - an increase of $512.2 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $452.6 thousand.

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $15,129.4 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $6,243.4 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $234.7 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $192.9 thousand;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $112.4 thousand.
US imports from Rwanda 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
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 10.4 0.04 3.5199.65
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 238.6 0.90 251.7-5.23
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 18,354.5 69.44 24,597.9-25.38
10 Cereals 3.1 0.01 0.0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 21.2 0.08 52.5-59.52
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 2,101.4 7.95 2,160.0-2.71
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 19.4 0.07 5.1284.50
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 12.5 0.05 11.211.89
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 8.7 0.03 10.2-15.03
26 Ores, slag and ash 2,844.5 10.76 17,973.9-84.17
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 112.4-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0.0 0.00 12.7-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 17.0 0.06 33.8-49.61
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 991.7 3.75 260.7280.44
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 2.2 0.01 0.0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 963.0 3.64 450.8113.62
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 104.3 0.39 122.1-14.58
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 453.4 1.72 0.761,081.24
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1.1 0.00 194.0-99.41
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 9.1 0.03 16.3-43.94
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1.0 0.00 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 57.9 0.22 57.40.91
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 85.9 0.32 147.8-41.90
79 Zinc and articles thereof 5.6 0.02 2.3141.44
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 21.2 0.08 5.3299.64
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 0.0 0.00 1.9-100.00
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 3.7 0.01 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 5.2 0.02 20.1-73.96
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 95.7 0.36 330.4-71.04
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce