US trade (export - import) with Sierra Leone in 2016

Published or Updated: Apr 25, 2017

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

US Trade with Sierra Leone

In 2016, US trade with Sierra Leone was $93.8 million, down 20.33% ($23.9 million) from 2015.

US exports to Sierra Leone in 2016 were $63.2 million, down 18.90% ($14.7 million) from 2015.

US imports from Sierra Leone in 2016 were $30.6 million, down 23.12% ($9.2 million) from 2015.

US trade surplus with Sierra Leone in 2016 was $32.5 million, a 14.47% decrease ($5.5 million) over 2015.

Sierra Leone was the US 163rd largest trading partner in 2016 (down from 157th in 2015), accounting for 0.0025% of US total trade (down from 0.0031% in 2015).

Sierra Leone was the US 154th largest export market in 2016 (down from 149th in 2015), accounting for 0.0043% of US total exports (down from 0.0052% in 2015).

Sierra Leone was the US 150th largest supplier in 2016 (down from 149th in 2015), accounting for 0.0014% of US total imports (down from 0.0017% in 2015).

US Exports to Sierra Leone

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 34.17% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (29.19% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 33.97% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (36.14% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 6.73% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (7.25% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 6.70% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (6.75% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.34% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (1.33% in 2015).

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

  • 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 $2,880.9 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $751.4 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $715.8 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $492.8 thousand;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - an increase of $457.9 thousand;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $288.9 thousand;
  • 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 $212.0 thousand.

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

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $6,927.9 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $3,393.0 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $1,958.1 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 $1,408.6 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $1,387.4 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $1,324.8 thousand;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - a decrease of $1,029.0 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $655.1 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $482.1 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $474.0 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $463.4 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $240.5 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $227.5 thousand;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $218.8 thousand;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $190.3 thousand.
US exports to Sierra Leone 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
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 5,623.4 8.90 6,652.4-15.47
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 60.9 0.10 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 225.1 0.36 93.3141.16
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 98.0 0.16 130.7-25.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 14.4 0.02 17.0-15.29
10 Cereals 751.4 1.19 0.0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 71.4-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 454.8 0.72 288.157.86
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 103.2 0.16 136.3-24.30
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 132.4 0.21 103.727.59
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 2.9 0.00 25.3-88.70
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 75.8 0.12 549.8-86.21
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 667.8 1.06 662.40.82
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 13,017.1 20.60 13,672.2-4.79
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 331.6 0.52 308.57.51
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 12.7 0.02 5.0154.43
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 21.6 0.03 26.2-17.54
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 156.9 0.25 235.0-33.25
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3.0 0.00 21.5-86.05
29 Organic chemicals 0.0 0.00 10.0-100.00
30 Pharmaceutical products 133.6 0.21 291.6-54.18
31 Fertilizers 3.6 0.01 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 719.9 1.14 262.0174.74
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 312.5 0.49 776.0-59.72
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 165.5 0.26 335.9-50.73
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 13.2 0.02 11.416.28
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 580.8 0.92 640.2-9.28
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2,193.2 3.47 1,477.448.45
40 Rubber and articles thereof 109.7 0.17 1,434.5-92.35
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 276.8 0.44 64.8327.16
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 37.4 0.06 0.0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0.0 0.00 3.0-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 312.5 0.49 531.3-41.18
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 68.3 0.11 150.3-54.52
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 22.4-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 0.0 0.00 61.6-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 9.5 0.01 15.7-39.67
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 43.2 0.07 20.4111.35
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 2.7 0.00 4.5-39.09
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 1,607.7 2.54 1,457.810.28
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 162.3 0.26 161.10.72
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,397.7 3.79 3,785.1-36.65
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 30.1 0.05 117.6-74.42
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 493.7 0.78 721.2-31.55
69 Ceramic products 896.6 1.42 815.59.95
70 Glass and glassware 167.6 0.27 64.1161.35
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0.0 0.00 5.3-100.00
72 Iron and steel 3.2 0.01 43.4-92.63
73 Articles of iron or steel 269.4 0.43 509.9-47.17
75 Nickel and articles thereof 12.0 0.02 23.0-47.83
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 457.7 0.72 168.9171.08
79 Zinc and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 12.0-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 85.8 0.14 276.1-68.93
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 17.9 0.03 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 6,001.4 9.50 7,959.5-24.60
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 1,973.8 3.12 3,382.4-41.64
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 119.8 0.19 86.139.11
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 11,813.4 18.70 15,206.3-22.31
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 561.0 0.89 68.2722.76
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 82.9 0.13 565.0-85.32
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 913.9 1.45 891.52.51
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 17.5 0.03 14.619.98
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 4.6-100.00
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 4,847.2 7.67 1,966.3146.52
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 115.0 0.18 127.6-9.87
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 14.8 0.02 54.4-72.77
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 8.1 0.01 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,380.9 5.35 10,308.7-67.20

US Imports from Sierra Leone

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

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 64.27% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (69.66% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 16.86% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (11.87% in 2015);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 6.08% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (8.88% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 3.88% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (2.42% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.19% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (0.55% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 0.91% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (2.21% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.82% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (1.34% in 2015).

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

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $656.6 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $564.5 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $506.5 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $423.5 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 $217.6 thousand;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - an increase of $158.6 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $96.2 thousand.

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

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $8,070.3 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) - a decrease of $1,676.0 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $620.3 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $381.7 thousand;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $297.9 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $131.0 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $119.8 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $117.8 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $98.2 thousand.
US imports from Sierra Leone 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
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 324.1 1.06 621.9-47.89
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 564.5 1.84 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 10.0 0.03 60.9-83.57
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0.0 0.00 4.1-100.00
10 Cereals 5.6 0.02 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 9.9 0.03 0.0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 35.0-100.00
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 15.1-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 207.9 0.68 182.713.81
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 3.4 0.01 3.5-4.11
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 8.2 0.03 14.0-41.22
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 22.7 0.07 25.6-11.62
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 32.7 0.11 0.0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 3.3-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 19,698.0 64.27 27,768.3-29.06
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 3.6 0.01 43.2-91.56
29 Organic chemicals 46.0 0.15 18.9143.82
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 10.0 0.03 5.679.97
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 39.4 0.13 137.6-71.37
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0.0 0.00 61.8-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 78.7 0.26 112.2-29.85
40 Rubber and articles thereof 73.8 0.24 156.8-52.92
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 36.0 0.12 119.2-69.83
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 23.5 0.08 19.222.74
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 3.3 0.01 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 241.5 0.79 861.8-71.98
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 36.9 0.12 20.777.99
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 0.9-100.00
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 5.0 0.02 0.0
54 Man-made filaments 0.0 0.00 13.5-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 3.5 0.01 9.5-63.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 33.2 0.11 24.137.72
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 141.2 0.46 45.0213.81
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0.0 0.00 3.8-100.00
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 66.9 0.22 68.1-1.82
65 Headgear and parts thereof 4.6 0.01 6.0-23.94
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 42.8 0.14 173.8-75.36
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 19.7-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 7.8 0.03 77.6-89.92
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 1,862.5 6.08 3,538.5-47.37
73 Articles of iron or steel 26.8 0.09 144.5-81.49
74 Copper and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 6.9-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 13.3 0.04 13.20.88
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 89.0 0.29 18.0393.96
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 542.4 1.77 35.91,412.59
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,888.2 6.16 1,231.653.31
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 1,935.0 6.31 1,717.412.67
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 38.0-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 55.6 0.18 175.4-68.33
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 44.1 0.14 30.843.10
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 87.1 0.28 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,157.7 3.78 1,539.3-24.79
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 5.0 0.02 7.4-31.53
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 2.1 0.01 0.0
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 158.6 0.52 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 78.8 0.26 69.912.73
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 19.9 0.06 0.0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 7.8 0.03 21.8-64.14
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 26.2 0.09 103.4-74.61
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 863.5 2.82 440.096.27
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce