US trade (export - import) with Sierra Leone in 2015

Published or Updated: Mar 01, 2017

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

US Trade with Sierra Leone

In 2015, US trade with Sierra Leone totaled $117.8 million, up 0.65% ($0.8 million) from 2014.

US exports to Sierra Leone in 2015 were $77.9 million, down 11.38% ($10.0 million) from 2014.

US imports from Sierra Leone in 2015 totaled $39.9 million, up 37.00% ($10.8 million) from 2014.

US trade surplus with Sierra Leone in 2015 was $38.0 million, a 35.32% decrease ($20.8 million) over 2014.

Sierra Leone was the US 157th largest trading partner in 2015 (up from 161st in 2014), accounting for 0.0031% of US total trade (up from 0.0029% in 2014).

Sierra Leone was the US 149th largest export market in 2015 (down from 148th in 2014), accounting for 0.0052% of US total exports (down from 0.0054% in 2014).

Sierra Leone was the US 149th largest supplier in 2015 (up from 152nd in 2014), accounting for 0.0017% of US total imports (up from 0.0012% in 2014).

US Exports to Sierra Leone

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 36.14% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (40.91% in 2014);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 29.19% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (21.66% in 2014);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 7.25% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (5.70% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 6.75% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (14.51% in 2014);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.33% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (1.70% in 2014).

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

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $6,021.6 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $5,106.7 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $560.5 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $518.8 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $470.2 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - an increase of $331.4 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $312.9 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $307.3 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) - an increase of $303.2 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 $279.9 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $251.9 thousand;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - an increase of $246.4 thousand.

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $14,386.3 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $4,376.0 thousand;
  • Fertilizers (HS code 31) - a decrease of $2,155.5 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $1,538.5 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $834.8 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 $411.5 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $403.9 thousand;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $356.3 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - a decrease of $335.8 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $328.0 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 $286.8 thousand;
  • Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 16) - a decrease of $253.7 thousand.
US exports to Sierra Leone 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
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 6,652.4 8.54 7,008.7-5.08
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 86.0-100.00
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 93.3 0.12 62.748.81
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 130.7 0.17 0.0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 17.0 0.02 7.9116.18
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 71.4 0.09 102.0-30.01
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 288.1 0.37 616.1-53.24
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 136.3 0.17 390.0-65.06
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 103.7 0.13 80.828.34
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 25.3 0.03 13.094.61
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 549.8 0.71 1,384.5-60.29
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 662.4 0.85 499.532.62
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 13,672.2 17.55 8,565.659.62
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 308.5 0.40 187.964.17
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 5.0 0.01 11.7-57.34
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 26.2 0.03 22.218.24
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 235.0 0.30 317.5-25.98
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 21.5 0.03 308.3-93.03
29 Organic chemicals 10.0 0.01 10.8-7.11
30 Pharmaceutical products 291.6 0.37 128.2127.36
31 Fertilizers 0.0 0.00 2,155.5-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 262.0 0.34 160.663.20
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 776.0 1.00 547.341.79
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 335.9 0.43 182.683.95
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 11.4 0.01 14.0-18.75
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 0.0 0.00 87.0-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 640.2 0.82 332.992.31
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,477.4 1.90 5,853.4-74.76
40 Rubber and articles thereof 1,434.5 1.84 2,973.1-51.75
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 64.8 0.08 53.421.35
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 0.0 0.00 17.1-100.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 3.0 0.00 0.0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 531.3 0.68 199.8165.89
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 150.3 0.19 128.417.07
52 Cotton 22.4 0.03 0.0
54 Man-made filaments 0.0 0.00 41.5-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 61.6 0.08 51.619.20
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 15.7 0.02 0.0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 20.4 0.03 12.168.71
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 4.5 0.01 15.4-70.82
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,457.8 1.87 987.647.61
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 161.1 0.21 355.6-54.70
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,785.1 4.86 3,266.415.88
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 117.6 0.15 239.2-50.85
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 41.1-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 721.2 0.93 469.353.67
69 Ceramic products 815.5 1.05 569.143.29
70 Glass and glassware 64.1 0.08 13.0392.10
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 5.3 0.01 25.1-78.87
72 Iron and steel 43.4 0.06 16.8158.57
73 Articles of iron or steel 509.9 0.65 913.8-44.20
74 Copper and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 18.8-100.00
75 Nickel and articles thereof 23.0 0.03 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 168.9 0.22 108.955.11
79 Zinc and articles thereof 12.0 0.02 3.0303.36
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 276.1 0.35 93.8194.35
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 335.8-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 7,959.5 10.22 22,345.9-64.38
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 3,382.4 4.34 3,079.29.85
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 86.1 0.11 497.6-82.69
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 15,206.3 19.52 9,184.865.56
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 68.2 0.09 136.7-50.11
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 565.0 0.73 4.512,455.56
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 891.5 1.14 714.624.76
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 12.6-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 14.6 0.02 0.0
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 4.6 0.01 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 1,966.3 2.52 1,686.416.60
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 127.6 0.16 117.38.77
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 54.4 0.07 51.65.35
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 10,308.7 13.23 9,995.83.13

US Imports from Sierra Leone

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 69.66% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (57.44% in 2014);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 11.87% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (14.43% in 2014);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 8.88% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (21.62% in 2014);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.42% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (2.01% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.21% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (0.05% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.34% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (0.81% in 2014);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.43% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (1.44% in 2014).

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - an increase of $11,054.9 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $847.5 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 $735.0 thousand;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $335.1 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $232.3 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $171.3 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $165.6 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $134.3 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Sierra Leone in 2015 over the 2014 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 $2,751.2 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $573.8 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $206.0 thousand.
US imports from Sierra Leone 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 621.9 1.56 286.8116.83
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 60.9 0.15 14.4323.22
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 4.1 0.01 0.0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 19.2-100.00
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 35.0 0.09 0.0
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 15.1 0.04 14.72.67
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 182.7 0.46 224.6-18.68
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 3.5 0.01 9.6-63.17
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 14.0 0.04 12.016.48
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 25.6 0.06 3.4659.91
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 3.3 0.01 0.0
26 Ores, slag and ash 27,768.3 69.66 16,713.466.14
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 43.2 0.11 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 18.9 0.05 23.3-19.12
30 Pharmaceutical products 0.0 0.00 2.1-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 5.6 0.01 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 137.6 0.35 3.34,114.92
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 61.8 0.16 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 112.2 0.28 77.245.39
40 Rubber and articles thereof 156.8 0.39 130.320.33
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 119.2 0.30 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 19.2 0.05 1.31,332.49
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 861.8 2.16 14.35,906.06
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 20.7 0.05 0.0
52 Cotton 0.9 0.00 0.0
54 Man-made filaments 13.5 0.03 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 0.7-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 9.5 0.02 35.4-73.08
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 0.0 0.00 1.1-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 24.1 0.06 68.8-65.01
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 45.0 0.11 251.0-82.08
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3.8 0.01 8.8-57.29
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 68.1 0.17 51.631.94
65 Headgear and parts thereof 6.0 0.02 1.7258.54
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 0.0 0.00 0.4-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 173.8 0.44 2.56,908.10
69 Ceramic products 19.7 0.05 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 77.6 0.19 59.430.57
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 3,538.5 8.88 6,289.7-43.74
73 Articles of iron or steel 144.5 0.36 53.2171.77
74 Copper and articles thereof 6.9 0.02 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 13.2 0.03 4.1223.71
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 18.0 0.05 10.768.02
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 35.9 0.09 78.5-54.35
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,231.6 3.09 1,805.4-31.78
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 1,717.4 4.31 982.374.83
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 38.0 0.10 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 175.4 0.44 95.184.49
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 30.8 0.08 9.3230.24
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,539.3 3.86 1,307.017.78
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 7.4 0.02 0.0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 10.7-100.00
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 69.9 0.18 14.7375.49
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 2.2-100.00
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 21.8 0.05 40.1-45.73
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 103.4 0.26 89.815.12
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 440.0 1.10 274.360.37
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce