US trade (export - import) with Somalia in 2015

Published or Updated: Mar 28, 2017

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

US Trade with Somalia

In 2015, US trade with Somalia totaled $46.8 million, up 30.57% ($11.0 million) from 2014.

US exports to Somalia in 2015 totaled $45.8 million, up 28.46% ($10.1 million) from 2014.

US imports from Somalia in 2015 totaled $1.0 million, up 413.45% ($0.8 million) from 2014.

US trade surplus with Somalia in 2015 was $44.8 million, a 26.32% increase ($9.3 million) over 2014.

Somalia was the US 179th largest trading partner in 2015 (up from 181st in 2014), accounting for 0.0012% of US total trade (up from 0.0009% in 2014).

Somalia was the US 163rd largest export market in 2015 (up from 172nd in 2014), accounting for 0.0030% of US total exports (up from 0.0022% in 2014).

Somalia was the US 204th largest supplier in 2015 (up from 210th in 2014), accounting for 0.0000% of US total imports (just as in 2014).

US Exports to Somalia

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 58.30% of US total exports to Somalia (64.41% in 2014);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 30.40% of US total exports to Somalia (25.29% in 2014);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 5.89% of US total exports to Somalia (4.05% in 2014).

The largest gains in US exports to Somalia 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 $4,249.4 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $2,754.8 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $2,074.1 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $1,884.0 thousand;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - an increase of $1,059.4 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $537.6 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $303.4 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $283.1 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $173.7 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $150.0 thousand.

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $1,345.6 thousand;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - a decrease of $1,066.0 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $324.4 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $306.0 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 $191.6 thousand;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - a decrease of $158.2 thousand.
US exports to Somalia 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 14.6 0.03 65.7-77.80
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 5.4 0.01 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,704.5 5.91 820.5229.62
10 Cereals 1,756.9 3.84 3,102.6-43.37
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,059.4 2.31 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 994.1 2.17 961.13.44
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 4.4 0.01 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 2,474.9 5.40 2,453.70.86
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,434.2 3.13 896.659.96
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 3,473.2 7.58 718.5383.43
30 Pharmaceutical products 0.0 0.00 63.7-100.00
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 5.6 0.01 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 11.7 0.03 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 24.5 0.05 93.8-73.89
40 Rubber and articles thereof 195.6 0.43 21.9794.08
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 50.6 0.11 154.7-67.30
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0.0 0.00 19.5-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 10.0 0.02 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 10.0 0.02 40.0-75.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 5.0 0.01 1,071.0-99.54
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 18.0-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 28.4 0.06 6.3350.48
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 300.5 0.66 17.31,632.39
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 2,275.8 4.97 201.71,028.58
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 90.2 0.20 130.6-30.95
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 150.0 0.33 0.0
69 Ceramic products 130.0 0.28 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 42.8 0.09 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 39.7 0.09 57.4-30.79
74 Copper and articles thereof 17.9 0.04 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 158.2-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 106.2 0.23 29.1264.92
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 7.2 0.02 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 1,340.3 2.93 1,036.929.26
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 648.6 1.42 840.2-22.81
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 7.1 0.02 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 24,419.5 53.32 20,170.021.07
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 82.4 0.18 388.4-78.78
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 204.1 0.45 528.5-61.38
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 10.7 0.02 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 233.2 0.51 106.5119.08
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 142.8 0.31 53.6166.15
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 8.4-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 1,287.6 2.81 1,419.3-9.28

US Imports from Somalia

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 76.63% of US total imports from Somalia (70.03% in 2014);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 3.31% of US total imports from Somalia (22.85% in 2014).

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

  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts (HS code 13) - an increase of $629.0 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $115.7 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $67.7 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $21.1 thousand;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $12.3 thousand;
  • Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 05) - an increase of $6.4 thousand;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $5.0 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Somalia in 2015 over the 2014 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $44.9 thousand.
US imports from Somalia 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
(%)
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 6.4 0.63 0.0
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 766.6 75.99 137.6457.14
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5.0 0.50 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 0.0 0.00 44.9-100.00
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 12.3 1.22 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 21.1 2.09 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 123.8 12.28 8.21,418.06
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 73.6 7.29 5.81,161.86
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce