US trade (export - import) with Saudi Arabia in 2013

Published or Updated: Feb 01, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Saudi Arabia in 2013: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Saudi Arabia

In 2013, US trade with Saudi Arabia was $72.1 billion, down 4.29% ($3.2 billion) from 2012.

US exports to Saudi Arabia in 2013 totaled $19.0 billion, up 5.56% ($1.0 billion) from 2012.

US imports from Saudi Arabia in 2013 were $53.1 billion, down 7.37% ($4.2 billion) from 2012.

US trade deficit with Saudi Arabia in 2013 was $34.1 billion, a 13.27% decrease ($5.2 billion) over 2012.

Saudi Arabia was the US 10th largest trading partner in 2013 (down from 9th in 2012), accounting for 1.85% of US total trade (down from 1.94% in 2012).

Saudi Arabia was the US 19th largest export market in 2013 (up from 20th in 2012), accounting for 1.20% of US total exports (up from 1.16% in 2012).

Saudi Arabia was the US 8th largest supplier in 2013 (down from 7th in 2012), accounting for 2.28% of US total imports (down from 2.46% in 2012).

US Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of US exports to Saudi Arabia in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 73.96% of US total exports to Saudi Arabia (74.11% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.94% of US total exports to Saudi Arabia (8.01% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 6.11% of US total exports to Saudi Arabia (6.59% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 3.84% of US total exports to Saudi Arabia (4.24% in 2012);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.13% of US total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.25% in 2012).

The largest gains in US exports to Saudi Arabia in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $540.3 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) - an increase of $215.3 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $179.9 million;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $90.5 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $90.1 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $85.3 million;
  • 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 (HS code 86) - an increase of $68.5 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $67.6 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Saudi Arabia in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $380.4 million;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $93.5 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $59.0 million.
US exports to Saudi Arabia in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2012
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2013
over 2012
(%)
01 Live animals 4,559.2 0.02 4,363.04.50
02 Meat and edible meat offal 37,457.7 0.20 34,331.49.11
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 1,920.7 0.01 341.7462.12
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 133,265.3 0.70 113,144.917.78
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 5,400.4 0.03 5,101.25.87
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 632.1 0.00 483.030.88
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 11,785.7 0.06 6,989.268.63
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 90,993.8 0.48 85,145.36.87
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 7,195.2 0.04 8,275.8-13.06
10 Cereals 235,432.7 1.24 266,686.7-11.72
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 519.9 0.00 593.4-12.38
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 179,552.0 0.95 238,542.2-24.73
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 3,352.8 0.02 5,868.1-42.86
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 4.3 0.00 47.6-90.89
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 112,968.7 0.60 108,726.13.90
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 2,561.0 0.01 1,588.161.26
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 15,161.9 0.08 9,977.551.96
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 23,554.3 0.12 17,330.835.91
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 55,447.7 0.29 57,629.4-3.79
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 76,090.3 0.40 74,371.72.31
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 96,081.8 0.51 73,927.129.97
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 6,225.2 0.03 6,012.43.54
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 57,076.6 0.30 64,236.5-11.15
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 564.0 0.00 240.9134.11
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 12,790.1 0.07 11,434.111.86
26 Ores, slag and ash 14.8 0.00 1,206.2-98.77
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 113,470.6 0.60 58,776.993.05
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 68,309.5 0.36 52,388.230.39
29 Organic chemicals 186,017.0 0.98 118,374.557.14
30 Pharmaceutical products 262,122.5 1.38 247,352.65.97
31 Fertilizers 1,092.6 0.01 1,353.6-19.28
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 33,658.2 0.18 21,275.958.20
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 40,197.6 0.21 38,835.53.51
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 38,899.0 0.21 43,581.9-10.75
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 35,173.9 0.19 37,619.5-6.50
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 11,126.1 0.06 8,132.136.82
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 6,612.6 0.03 5,900.412.07
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 394,642.5 2.08 488,109.6-19.15
39 Plastics and articles thereof 307,779.3 1.62 268,911.314.45
40 Rubber and articles thereof 120,149.5 0.63 107,103.312.18
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 910.5 0.00 578.057.53
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 17,064.6 0.09 8,999.889.61
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 66.0 0.00 75.4-12.53
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 21,261.1 0.11 23,876.3-10.95
45 Cork and articles of cork 129.3 0.00 40.3221.06
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 26.2 0.00 17.252.64
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 68,015.6 0.36 79,423.4-14.36
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 94,756.5 0.50 99,751.6-5.01
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 30,934.4 0.16 21,654.142.86
50 Silk 302.3 0.00 283.96.47
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 50.4 0.00 21.4136.13
52 Cotton 402.9 0.00 863.6-53.34
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 53.9 0.00 185.8-71.01
54 Man-made filaments 1,805.0 0.01 1,484.621.58
55 Man-made staple fibers 2,822.6 0.01 3,906.2-27.74
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 8,943.1 0.05 7,630.517.20
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 11,062.1 0.06 15,689.7-29.49
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 510.7 0.00 959.5-46.77
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 10,536.4 0.06 7,179.046.77
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 314.9 0.00 176.878.11
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 9,718.2 0.05 12,026.1-19.19
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 29,351.9 0.15 23,789.923.38
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 8,247.8 0.04 7,839.75.21
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,860.2 0.02 3,074.825.55
65 Headgear and parts thereof 2,116.4 0.01 2,997.5-29.39
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 359.3 0.00 436.6-17.70
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 984.5 0.01 730.834.71
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 16,405.8 0.09 19,670.4-16.60
69 Ceramic products 26,503.7 0.14 14,621.481.27
70 Glass and glassware 20,443.8 0.11 19,958.22.43
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 18,050.5 0.10 19,188.0-5.93
72 Iron and steel 31,568.5 0.17 80,276.3-60.68
73 Articles of iron or steel 231,965.2 1.22 208,824.711.08
74 Copper and articles thereof 55,867.8 0.29 44,326.526.04
75 Nickel and articles thereof 11,204.9 0.06 12,994.5-13.77
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 255,669.6 1.35 255,163.90.20
78 Lead and articles thereof 620.6 0.00 456.535.95
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,955.2 0.01 1,873.24.38
80 Tin and articles thereof 137.8 0.00 58.0137.65
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 6,031.1 0.03 16,429.7-63.29
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 85,905.0 0.45 99,337.8-13.52
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 46,253.6 0.24 42,210.59.58
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,627,993.8 19.13 3,537,855.92.55
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 1,446,383.4 7.63 1,231,071.617.49
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 121,389.5 0.64 52,855.6129.66
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 5,771,735.6 30.44 6,152,108.0-6.18
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 2,120,648.8 11.18 1,580,360.334.19
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 7,334.6 0.04 9,146.8-19.81
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 927,515.0 4.89 747,569.624.07
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 3,627.8 0.02 3,100.017.02
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 179.5 0.00 246.6-27.23
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 332,718.0 1.75 242,237.937.35
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 222,394.8 1.17 191,385.616.20
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 42,080.9 0.22 35,986.416.94
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 10,710.2 0.06 5,624.290.43
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 4,013.5 0.02 5,225.6-23.20
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 398,374.0 2.10 313,072.327.25

US Imports from Saudi Arabia

The major share of US imports from Saudi Arabia in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 97.71% of US total imports from Saudi Arabia (97.68% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.33% of US total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.36% in 2012).

The largest gains in US imports from Saudi Arabia in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • No product groups with a substantial increase.

The largest declines in US imports from Saudi Arabia in 2013 over the 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $4,113.6 million.
US imports from Saudi Arabia in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2012
USD thousand)
Change
in 2013
over 2012
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 8.5 0.00 3,016.4-99.72
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 9.5-100.00
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,731.1 0.00 494.7249.96
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 141.7 0.00 171.6-17.44
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 21.6 0.00 10.6103.26
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 2.8 0.00 2.036.17
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 230.9 0.00 172.933.52
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 857.3 0.00 687.324.73
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 63.1 0.00 26.3139.68
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0.0 0.00 4.7-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 53.8 0.00 506.3-89.38
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 3.2 0.00 2.912.03
26 Ores, slag and ash 969.3 0.00 33.12,831.88
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 51,883,151.1 97.71 55,996,734.1-7.35
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 56,419.1 0.11 53,964.14.55
29 Organic chemicals 461,010.3 0.87 487,002.4-5.34
30 Pharmaceutical products 126.7 0.00 2,751.2-95.40
31 Fertilizers 174,353.4 0.33 205,398.3-15.11
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 1,381.6 0.00 75.01,743.17
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,566.9 0.00 1,060.247.79
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 16.4 0.00 19.1-14.19
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 66.0 0.00 4.81,285.59
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,549.7 0.00 8,222.5-68.99
39 Plastics and articles thereof 6,269.3 0.01 19,560.7-67.95
40 Rubber and articles thereof 22.8 0.00 1,151.1-98.02
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 2.9 0.00 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 15.6 0.00 23.7-34.24
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 37.1 0.00 6.6460.85
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 40.2 0.00 222.2-81.91
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3.7 0.00 9.7-62.30
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 966.0 0.00 1,022.9-5.56
50 Silk 0.0 0.00 1.9-100.00
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 0.4-100.00
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0.0 0.00 15.4-100.00
54 Man-made filaments 43,600.2 0.08 37,729.315.56
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 2.8-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1,015.5 0.00 1,338.7-24.14
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 2,188.9 0.00 7,029.0-68.86
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,552.7 0.00 3,843.2-59.60
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 95.5 0.00 169.1-43.49
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 29.7 0.00 82.7-64.06
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 275.9 0.00 310.2-11.05
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 236.2 0.00 308.6-23.44
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 22.8 0.00 7.1219.65
65 Headgear and parts thereof 9.3 0.00 10.2-9.63
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0.0 0.00 1.1-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 9,800.9 0.02 10,259.6-4.47
69 Ceramic products 169.7 0.00 5.13,259.53
70 Glass and glassware 1,151.0 0.00 1,452.7-20.77
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 67,944.0 0.13 79,188.0-14.20
72 Iron and steel 3,114.6 0.01 4,421.1-29.55
73 Articles of iron or steel 113,116.8 0.21 144,330.7-21.63
74 Copper and articles thereof 2,163.9 0.00 1,146.988.67
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 15.6-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 12,680.0 0.02 45,746.4-72.28
78 Lead and articles thereof 4.1 0.00 0.0
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0.0 0.00 14.5-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 918.1 0.00 284.9222.30
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 185.3 0.00 37.7392.03
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 24,277.4 0.05 18,705.129.79
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 52,364.1 0.10 11,856.5341.65
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 771.4 0.00 153.8401.51
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 292.3 0.00 933.4-68.68
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 0.0 0.00 4.2-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,211.1 0.00 3,504.1-65.44
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 443.9 0.00 0.0
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 429.9 0.00 744.0-42.22
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 17.5 0.00 6.8157.32
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 10.8 0.00 12.2-10.97
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 337.0 0.00 98.2243.16
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 167,917.9 0.32 171,021.6-1.81
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce