US trade (export - import) with Saudi Arabia in 2015

Published or Updated: Feb 16, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Saudi Arabia in 2015: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Saudi Arabia

In 2015, US trade with Saudi Arabia was $43.0 billion, down 35.81% ($24.0 billion) from 2014.

US exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 totaled $19.7 billion, up 5.27% ($1.0 billion) from 2014.

US imports from Saudi Arabia in 2015 were $23.4 billion, down 51.69% ($25.0 billion) from 2014.

US trade deficit with Saudi Arabia in 2015 was $3.7 billion, a 87.63% decrease ($26.0 billion) over 2014.

Saudi Arabia was the US 21st largest trading partner in 2015 (down from 12th in 2014), accounting for 1.13% of US total trade (down from 1.66% in 2014).

Saudi Arabia was the US 19th largest export market in 2015 (up from 20th in 2014), accounting for 1.31% of US total exports (up from 1.15% in 2014).

Saudi Arabia was the US 19th largest supplier in 2015 (down from 8th in 2014), accounting for 1.01% of US total imports (down from 2.01% in 2014).

US Exports to Saudi Arabia

The major share of US exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 74.90% of US total exports to Saudi Arabia (69.88% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 8.22% of US total exports to Saudi Arabia (8.87% in 2014);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 6.52% of US total exports to Saudi Arabia (7.22% in 2014);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.69% of US total exports to Saudi Arabia (3.82% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.15% of US total exports to Saudi Arabia (1.06% in 2014).

The largest gains in US exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $1,622.0 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $337.5 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $342.8 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $156.9 million;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $119.6 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $92.3 million;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $70.6 million;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $65.9 million.
US exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2014
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2015
over 2014
(%)
01 Live animals 9,086.1 0.05 6,430.741.29
02 Meat and edible meat offal 12,856.3 0.07 23,483.0-45.25
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,305.1 0.01 1,899.021.38
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 80,457.7 0.41 146,355.5-45.03
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 6,146.1 0.03 4,700.730.75
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 896.2 0.00 735.821.79
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 11,477.6 0.06 12,179.9-5.77
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 139,022.9 0.71 118,430.217.39
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 10,681.6 0.05 8,862.020.53
10 Cereals 303,846.1 1.54 346,189.3-12.23
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,710.0 0.01 1,410.321.25
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 208,184.9 1.06 184,491.112.84
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 5,811.0 0.03 4,162.739.60
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 1,472.1 0.01 152.9863.07
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 96,866.9 0.49 97,437.5-0.59
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 1,573.9 0.01 1,262.724.65
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 11,234.3 0.06 15,383.3-26.97
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 30,154.4 0.15 25,579.717.88
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 52,888.4 0.27 53,543.5-1.22
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 112,057.5 0.57 91,678.622.23
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 116,156.4 0.59 100,161.815.97
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 7,483.5 0.04 6,621.113.03
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 60,149.7 0.31 98,990.2-39.24
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 334.5 0.00 343.1-2.50
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 30,646.0 0.16 19,857.554.33
26 Ores, slag and ash 100.0 0.00 11.7754.34
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 109,419.4 0.56 135,527.2-19.26
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 74,963.1 0.38 81,780.1-8.34
29 Organic chemicals 154,548.1 0.78 225,149.5-31.36
30 Pharmaceutical products 324,901.1 1.65 283,088.914.77
31 Fertilizers 817.5 0.00 608.334.39
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 20,334.7 0.10 26,920.6-24.46
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 62,180.4 0.32 48,022.529.48
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 65,913.3 0.33 42,695.154.38
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 28,707.7 0.15 40,070.9-28.36
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 10,541.4 0.05 7,745.136.10
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 2,798.4 0.01 3,494.6-19.92
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 427,825.9 2.17 458,177.2-6.62
39 Plastics and articles thereof 296,883.2 1.51 303,005.8-2.02
40 Rubber and articles thereof 147,407.7 0.75 139,185.45.91
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 1,670.9 0.01 785.1112.82
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 15,207.6 0.08 8,507.178.76
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 63.1 0.00 322.2-80.41
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 30,974.4 0.16 21,749.742.41
45 Cork and articles of cork 109.3 0.00 243.0-55.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 182.9 0.00 7.92,209.43
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 73,594.1 0.37 70,126.24.95
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 84,005.9 0.43 80,225.04.71
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 37,457.3 0.19 26,065.143.71
50 Silk 442.2 0.00 397.811.18
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 19.6 0.00 47.0-58.26
52 Cotton 455.6 0.00 356.327.85
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 107.0 0.00 67.757.98
54 Man-made filaments 2,771.0 0.01 4,208.0-34.15
55 Man-made staple fibers 1,780.8 0.01 2,386.7-25.38
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 7,312.7 0.04 7,215.41.35
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 8,904.0 0.05 11,160.3-20.22
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 1,345.6 0.01 917.446.69
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 13,234.1 0.07 7,489.976.69
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 1,009.9 0.01 250.0303.98
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 8,674.9 0.04 8,344.53.96
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 32,194.3 0.16 36,938.0-12.84
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 19,089.7 0.10 29,576.5-35.46
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3,247.2 0.02 3,685.8-11.90
65 Headgear and parts thereof 2,297.6 0.01 2,317.6-0.86
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 224.2 0.00 148.850.66
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 1,278.8 0.01 979.930.49
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 9,168.6 0.05 16,057.9-42.90
69 Ceramic products 10,284.4 0.05 14,089.6-27.01
70 Glass and glassware 18,813.8 0.10 21,450.7-12.29
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 11,153.5 0.06 22,642.9-50.74
72 Iron and steel 66,962.7 0.34 104,212.4-35.74
73 Articles of iron or steel 212,229.6 1.08 242,708.4-12.56
74 Copper and articles thereof 56,828.9 0.29 43,404.430.93
75 Nickel and articles thereof 7,994.3 0.04 5,738.939.30
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 51,528.5 0.26 171,150.8-69.89
78 Lead and articles thereof 498.0 0.00 1,104.8-54.92
79 Zinc and articles thereof 1,293.2 0.01 1,675.9-22.84
80 Tin and articles thereof 2,224.9 0.01 556.9299.50
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 6,477.2 0.03 7,748.0-16.40
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 79,995.6 0.41 92,302.9-13.33
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 42,791.3 0.22 43,606.5-1.87
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,922,303.6 19.92 3,584,815.19.41
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 1,521,382.2 7.73 1,524,697.8-0.22
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 70,370.5 0.36 93,162.2-24.46
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 4,816,500.0 24.46 4,908,801.6-1.88
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 3,641,012.0 18.49 2,018,975.180.34
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 6,642.5 0.03 12,121.9-45.20
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 770,629.0 3.91 927,497.2-16.91
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 7,233.2 0.04 3,758.292.46
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 109.5 0.00 249.2-56.06
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 303,844.4 1.54 646,653.3-53.01
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 190,824.0 0.97 224,837.6-15.13
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 50,830.0 0.26 50,558.70.54
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 7,880.5 0.04 6,947.013.44
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 2,355.3 0.01 9,683.6-75.68
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 411,499.5 2.09 413,311.6-0.44

US Imports from Saudi Arabia

The major share of US imports from Saudi Arabia in 2015 (and in 2014) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 93.53% of US total imports from Saudi Arabia (97.56% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 2.40% of US total imports from Saudi Arabia (1.37% in 2014);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.29% of US total imports from Saudi Arabia (0.31% in 2014).

The largest gains in US imports from Saudi Arabia in 2015 over 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $263.1 million;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $139.8 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Saudi Arabia in 2015 over the 2014 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 $25,327.0 million.
US imports from Saudi Arabia in 2015 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2014
USD thousand)
Change
in 2015
over 2014
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,301.3 0.01 324.1610.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 188.0 0.00 241.6-22.18
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 64.1 0.00 67.4-4.87
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1,239.7 0.01 1,153.77.45
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 172.3 0.00 147.017.25
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 121.4 0.00 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 16.3 0.00 0.0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 57.2 0.00 134.5-57.51
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 26.8 0.00 20.928.39
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 877.2 0.00 1,106.9-20.75
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 80.8 0.00 272.1-70.30
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 5.3 0.00 5.14.08
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 127.1 0.00 128.5-1.11
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 3.0-100.00
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 8.4 0.00 3.0181.91
26 Ores, slag and ash 322.7 0.00 318.71.24
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 21,845,717.0 93.53 47,172,694.0-53.69
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 6,394.1 0.03 70,360.3-90.91
29 Organic chemicals 342,667.9 1.47 349,247.0-1.88
30 Pharmaceutical products 741.0 0.00 847.8-12.59
31 Fertilizers 191,365.4 0.82 225,641.7-15.19
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,121.2 0.01 26.18,037.31
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 1,258.4 0.01 818.053.84
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 3.4-100.00
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 21.7 0.00 10.8100.44
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 2,950.7 0.01 5,555.7-46.89
39 Plastics and articles thereof 12,358.5 0.05 10,988.712.47
40 Rubber and articles thereof 49.3 0.00 87.5-43.61
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 0.3 0.00 13.8-97.82
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 8.4 0.00 58.4-85.58
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 2.0 0.00 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 6.9-100.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 625.5 0.00 462.435.27
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 47.6 0.00 19.9139.36
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 857.7 0.00 849.70.94
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 0.0 0.00 4.5-100.00
52 Cotton 4.5 0.00 4.34.80
54 Man-made filaments 34,122.3 0.15 45,346.6-24.75
55 Man-made staple fibers 14,669.0 0.06 861.61,602.58
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 8,516.6 0.04 2,430.9250.35
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 248.6 0.00 666.2-62.68
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 340.7-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 153.0-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 34.6 0.00 51.3-32.45
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 297.2 0.00 229.829.35
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 465.2 0.00 330.540.74
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 9.3 0.00 36.9-74.90
65 Headgear and parts thereof 6.1 0.00 2.6138.13
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 0.5-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 3,482.9 0.01 5,413.2-35.66
69 Ceramic products 52.3 0.00 9.1476.19
70 Glass and glassware 1,154.8 0.00 907.427.27
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 47,389.9 0.20 37,716.925.65
72 Iron and steel 42,848.3 0.18 26,629.260.91
73 Articles of iron or steel 72,666.0 0.31 75,477.1-3.72
74 Copper and articles thereof 1,872.8 0.01 896.8108.83
75 Nickel and articles thereof 608.3 0.00 210.5189.05
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 182,468.0 0.78 42,698.5327.34
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 84.6 0.00 1,222.8-93.08
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 584.6 0.00 502.316.40
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 261.3 0.00 365.2-28.44
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 19,178.5 0.08 20,077.0-4.48
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 70,558.5 0.30 69,222.31.93
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 11.0-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 330.7 0.00 179.484.29
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 460.9 0.00 230.599.92
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 27.3 0.00 10.3165.71
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,405.8 0.01 3,287.5-26.82
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 4.0 0.00 9.0-55.87
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 919.4 0.00 888.13.53
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 942.3 0.00 654.044.09
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 14.5 0.00 7.2101.01
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 7.9 0.00 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,037.3 0.00 465.1123.04
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 436,703.2 1.87 173,607.4151.55
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce