US trade (export - import) with Sierra Leone in 2013

Published or Updated: Feb 02, 2017

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

US Trade with Sierra Leone

In 2013, US trade with Sierra Leone totaled $124.2 million, up 4.12% ($4.9 million) from 2012.

US exports to Sierra Leone in 2013 were $82.4 million, down 18.19% ($18.3 million) from 2012.

US imports from Sierra Leone in 2013 totaled $41.8 million, up 125.06% ($23.2 million) from 2012.

US trade surplus with Sierra Leone in 2013 was $40.6 million, a 50.59% decrease ($41.6 million) over 2012.

Sierra Leone was the US 157th largest trading partner in 2013 (up from 159th in 2012), accounting for 0.0032% of US total trade (up from 0.0031% in 2012).

Sierra Leone was the US 151st largest export market in 2013 (down from 146th in 2012), accounting for 0.0052% of US total exports (down from 0.0065% in 2012).

Sierra Leone was the US 142nd largest supplier in 2013 (up from 159th in 2012), accounting for 0.0018% of US total imports (up from 0.0008% in 2012).

US Exports to Sierra Leone

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 52.49% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (47.48% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 21.21% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (29.69% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.69% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (8.37% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 7.08% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (2.92% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.19% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (1.17% in 2012).

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $3,316.7 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $2,412.9 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,023.2 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) - an increase of $674.7 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $590.8 thousand;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - an increase of $391.9 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $312.8 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $299.7 thousand.

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

  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $8,523.3 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 $5,637.0 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $3,108.0 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $3,015.9 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $2,308.7 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $2,037.4 thousand;
  • 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) - a decrease of $1,386.0 thousand;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $956.8 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $680.8 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $443.5 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $438.1 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $374.9 thousand;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $265.2 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $249.8 thousand.
US exports to Sierra Leone 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
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 9,072.1 11.01 17,595.3-48.44
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 69.8 0.08 46.151.36
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 161.8 0.20 605.4-73.27
10 Cereals 36.2 0.04 2,344.9-98.45
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 956.8-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 1,098.0 1.33 947.715.86
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 123.8 0.15 0.0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 40.8 0.05 17.5133.52
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 1,013.6 1.23 1,064.2-4.75
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 340.8 0.41 41.1730.05
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 5,372.6 6.52 6,053.4-11.25
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 134.4 0.16 110.821.34
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0.0 0.00 113.5-100.00
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 16.8 0.02 14.615.70
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 37.6 0.05 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 287.0 0.35 293.3-2.14
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 45.0 0.05 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 51.1 0.06 3.11,549.26
30 Pharmaceutical products 2,989.5 3.63 5,026.9-40.53
31 Fertilizers 0.0 0.00 3.9-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 156.2 0.19 141.010.82
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 718.0 0.87 405.277.21
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 21.5 0.03 79.8-73.02
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 81.1 0.10 35.6128.07
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 11.4 0.01 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 185.0 0.22 434.8-57.45
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,645.0 2.00 2,083.0-21.03
40 Rubber and articles thereof 434.1 0.53 215.1101.84
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 6.6 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) 26.3 0.03 87.9-70.06
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 124.5 0.15 245.6-49.31
45 Cork and articles of cork 0.0 0.00 17.2-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 134.2 0.16 243.9-45.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 213.4 0.26 88.5141.22
54 Man-made filaments 0.0 0.00 69.5-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 7.2 0.01 12.5-42.50
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 212.2 0.26 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 389.5 0.47 297.630.86
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 208.5 0.25 156.733.12
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 4,746.1 5.76 2,333.2103.41
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 261.2 0.32 72.2261.63
65 Headgear and parts thereof 12.0 0.01 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 984.3 1.19 832.118.29
69 Ceramic products 448.7 0.54 56.8690.31
70 Glass and glassware 71.9 0.09 56.327.81
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 35.9 0.04 11.3217.25
72 Iron and steel 26.5 0.03 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 330.8 0.40 392.2-15.66
74 Copper and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 40.8-100.00
75 Nickel and articles thereof 40.0 0.05 3.9925.64
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 43.0 0.05 69.7-38.33
78 Lead and articles thereof 10.9 0.01 7.153.33
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 358.2 0.43 623.4-42.55
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 171.7 0.21 44.7283.62
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 19,734.3 23.95 16,417.620.20
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 2,365.8 2.87 8,002.8-70.44
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 274.1 0.33 1,660.1-83.49
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 18,880.3 22.91 16,857.112.00
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 74.5 0.09 3,182.5-97.66
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 1,064.5 1.29 473.7124.73
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 863.6 1.05 1,238.5-30.27
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 10.8 0.01 0.0
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 43.4-100.00
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 1,863.9 2.26 1,189.256.74
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 163.7 0.20 124.631.30
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 207.7 0.25 253.2-17.97
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 20.0 0.02 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,881.4 4.71 6,897.3-43.73

US Imports from Sierra Leone

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 65.04% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (31.67% in 2012);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 22.28% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (19.43% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 5.68% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (21.54% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 0.86% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (3.23% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.71% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (3.24% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.39% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (1.22% in 2012).

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $21,313.7 thousand;
  • 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) - an increase of $5,707.7 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $321.1 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $154.7 thousand.

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

  • 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 $1,886.0 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $1,091.8 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $513.3 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles (HS code 96) - a decrease of $220.8 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $172.9 thousand;
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes (HS code 28) - a decrease of $159.5 thousand.
US imports from Sierra Leone 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 200.6 0.48 264.0-23.99
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 10.1 0.02 48.5-79.18
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 17.8 0.04 0.0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 6.2-100.00
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 13.0-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 78.5 0.19 169.4-53.66
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 2.4 0.01 7.4-68.18
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0.0 0.00 24.2-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 45.9 0.11 55.4-17.25
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 3.8 0.01 0.0
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 12.0-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 27,197.6 65.04 5,883.9362.24
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0.0 0.00 159.5-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 7.8 0.02 60.5-87.17
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 121.6 0.29 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 22.2 0.05 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0.0 0.00 42.0-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 38.4 0.09 61.7-37.84
40 Rubber and articles thereof 106.4 0.25 279.2-61.90
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2.9 0.01 9.1-67.59
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 46.8 0.11 41.113.88
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 95.8 0.23 8.31,061.18
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 8.6 0.02 6.826.93
55 Man-made staple fibers 4.7 0.01 24.6-80.94
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3.5 0.01 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 1.1-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.3 0.00 8.5-95.97
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 6.0 0.01 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 3.4 0.01 33.0-89.73
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 88.7 0.21 86.82.18
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2.7 0.01 55.2-95.13
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 9.2 0.02 17.4-47.24
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 44.7 0.11 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 157.9 0.38 3.24,796.99
70 Glass and glassware 25.6 0.06 33.8-24.34
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 9,317.9 22.28 3,610.2158.10
73 Articles of iron or steel 134.8 0.32 38.2252.55
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 2.2 0.01 0.0
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 33.4-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 33.1 0.08 14.2133.99
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 60.2 0.14 11.1441.67
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 559.2 1.34 600.1-6.81
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 1,214.0 2.90 3,099.9-60.84
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 59.7 0.14 81.7-26.93
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 541.3 1.29 220.2145.83
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 5.7-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 18.7-100.00
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 51.1 0.12 69.9-26.92
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6.5 0.02 52.6-87.66
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 220.8-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,197.8 2.86 2,289.6-47.69
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 284.0 0.68 797.3-64.38
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce