US trade (export - import) with Sierra Leone in 2017

Published or Updated: Apr 17, 2018

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Sierra Leone in 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Sierra Leone

In 2017, US trade with Sierra Leone totaled $127.3 million, up 35.64% ($33.4 million) from 2016.

US exports to Sierra Leone in 2017 totaled $79.3 million, up 25.53% ($16.1 million) from 2016.

US imports from Sierra Leone in 2017 totaled $48.0 million, up 56.47% ($17.3 million) from 2016.

US trade surplus with Sierra Leone in 2017 was $31.4 million, a 3.61% decrease ($1.2 million) over 2016.

Sierra Leone was the US 157th largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 163rd in 2016), accounting for 0.0032% of US total trade (up from 0.0025% in 2016).

Sierra Leone was the US 149th largest export market in 2017 (up from 154th in 2016), accounting for 0.0051% of US total exports (up from 0.0043% in 2016).

Sierra Leone was the US 144th largest supplier in 2017 (up from 150th in 2016), accounting for 0.0020% of US total imports (up from 0.0014% in 2016).

US Exports to Sierra Leone

The major share of US exports to Sierra Leone in 2017 (and in 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 35.84% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (34.17% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 30.35% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (33.97% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 5.28% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (6.73% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.40% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (6.70% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.38% of US total exports to Sierra Leone (1.34% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Sierra Leone in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $10,059.8 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $4,360.2 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $2,778.8 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $2,517.0 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $776.4 thousand;
  • Ceramic products (HS code 69) - an increase of $563.4 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $540.0 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $391.0 thousand;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $347.7 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Sierra Leone in 2017 over 2016 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) - a decrease of $2,742.7 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $734.8 thousand;
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics (HS code 32) - a decrease of $580.7 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $553.6 thousand;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $383.4 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $365.2 thousand.
US exports to Sierra Leone in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2017
over 2016
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 5,971.1 7.53 5,623.46.18
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 60.2 0.08 60.9-1.22
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 156.3 0.20 225.1-30.56
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0.0 0.00 98.0-100.00
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0.0 0.00 14.4-100.00
10 Cereals 5,111.5 6.44 751.4580.29
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 10.3 0.01 0.0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 12.4 0.02 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 426.9 0.54 454.8-6.13
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 66.2 0.08 103.2-35.82
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 57.1 0.07 132.4-56.85
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 0.0 0.00 2.9-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 152.9 0.19 75.8101.70
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 302.6 0.38 667.8-54.69
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 15,795.9 19.91 13,017.121.35
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 279.5 0.35 331.6-15.71
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 18.7 0.02 12.746.49
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 8.6 0.01 21.6-60.42
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 67.7 0.09 156.9-56.84
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 86.0 0.11 3.02,765.73
29 Organic chemicals 9.5 0.01 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 29.5 0.04 133.6-77.93
31 Fertilizers 8.4 0.01 3.6134.17
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 139.3 0.18 719.9-80.66
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 376.0 0.47 312.520.31
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 92.1 0.12 165.5-44.34
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0.0 0.00 13.2-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 450.3 0.57 580.8-22.47
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,990.7 2.51 2,193.2-9.24
40 Rubber and articles thereof 312.1 0.39 109.7184.48
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 87.1 0.11 276.8-68.53
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 7.0 0.01 37.4-81.30
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 217.3 0.27 312.5-30.45
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 130.1 0.16 68.390.34
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 39.2 0.05 9.5313.58
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 13.9 0.02 43.2-67.72
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 22.1 0.03 2.7704.96
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 872.9 1.10 1,607.7-45.70
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 55.5 0.07 162.3-65.82
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3,174.1 4.00 2,397.732.38
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3.0 0.00 30.1-90.03
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 4.4 0.01 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 458.6 0.58 493.7-7.10
69 Ceramic products 1,460.0 1.84 896.662.83
70 Glass and glassware 22.4 0.03 167.6-86.61
72 Iron and steel 27.0 0.03 3.2742.66
73 Articles of iron or steel 809.4 1.02 269.4200.42
74 Copper and articles thereof 10.0 0.01 0.0
75 Nickel and articles thereof 5.5 0.01 12.0-54.17
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 74.4 0.09 457.7-83.76
78 Lead and articles thereof 3.7 0.00 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 116.8 0.15 85.836.10
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 44.1 0.06 17.9146.99
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 6,392.4 8.06 6,001.46.52
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 2,092.0 2.64 1,973.85.99
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 237.3 0.30 119.898.06
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 14,330.4 18.07 11,813.421.31
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 7.3 0.01 561.0-98.69
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 109.4 0.14 82.931.97
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 907.2 1.14 913.9-0.73
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 7.8 0.01 17.5-55.60
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 2,104.6 2.65 4,847.2-56.58
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 36.2 0.05 115.0-68.54
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3.0 0.00 14.8-80.01
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 8.1-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 13,440.7 16.95 3,380.9297.55

US Imports from Sierra Leone

The major share of US imports from Sierra Leone in 2017 (and in 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 64.59% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (6.08% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 16.14% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (64.27% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 10.01% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (16.86% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.77% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (3.88% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 2.32% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (2.19% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.06% of US total imports from Sierra Leone (0.83% in 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Sierra Leone in 2017 over 2016 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) - an increase of $29,109.8 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $645.4 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal (HS code 83) - an increase of $373.0 thousand;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $300.5 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Sierra Leone in 2017 over the 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Ores, slag and ash (HS code 26) - a decrease of $11,958.6 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 $801.7 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - a decrease of $466.0 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $242.7 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - a decrease of $237.6 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $228.3 thousand;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $158.6 thousand.
US imports from Sierra Leone in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2016
USD thousand)
Change
in 2017
over 2016
(%)
01 Live animals 57.2 0.12 0.0
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 624.5 1.30 324.192.73
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 98.5 0.21 564.5-82.55
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 20.9 0.04 10.0108.42
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 103.7 0.22 0.0
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 5.6-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 3.2 0.01 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 3.2 0.01 9.9-67.29
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 321.3 0.67 207.954.53
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 3.4-100.00
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 49.5 0.10 0.0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 33.8 0.07 8.2312.08
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 10.6 0.02 22.7-53.20
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 0.0 0.00 32.7-100.00
26 Ores, slag and ash 7,739.4 16.14 19,698.0-60.71
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 0.0 0.00 3.6-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 24.3 0.05 46.0-47.26
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2.5 0.01 10.0-75.09
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 58.9 0.12 39.449.52
39 Plastics and articles thereof 73.2 0.15 78.7-6.94
40 Rubber and articles thereof 151.5 0.32 73.8105.24
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 146.3 0.31 36.0306.88
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0.3 0.00 23.5-98.88
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0.0 0.00 3.3-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3.9 0.01 241.5-98.39
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 28.5 0.06 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 28.0 0.06 36.9-24.18
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 0.0 0.00 5.0-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 28.2 0.06 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1.3 0.00 3.5-63.73
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 14.8 0.03 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 113.9 0.24 33.2243.21
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 259.5 0.54 141.283.80
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 90.3 0.19 66.935.02
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 4.6-100.00
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 1.3 0.00 0.0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 98.9 0.21 42.8131.00
70 Glass and glassware 47.2 0.10 7.8503.98
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 30,972.3 64.59 1,862.51,562.96
73 Articles of iron or steel 81.6 0.17 26.8205.04
74 Copper and articles thereof 3.5 0.01 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 8.7 0.02 13.3-34.51
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 103.0 0.21 89.015.74
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 915.3 1.91 542.468.77
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,645.5 3.43 1,888.2-12.85
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 1,133.3 2.36 1,935.0-41.43
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 69.8 0.15 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 60.1 0.13 55.68.14
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 38.5 0.08 44.1-12.61
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 50.8 0.11 87.1-41.67
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,803.0 3.76 1,157.755.75
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 22.1 0.05 5.0339.27
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 31.8 0.07 2.11,409.73
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 158.6-100.00
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 59.6 0.12 78.8-24.35
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 55.0 0.11 19.9176.05
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 11.5 0.02 7.847.40
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 16.3 0.03 26.2-37.97
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 635.2 1.32 863.5-26.44
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce