US trade (export - import) with Somalia in 2017

Published or Updated: Apr 14, 2018

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

US Trade with Somalia

In 2017, US trade with Somalia totaled $73.4 million, up 93.79% ($35.5 million) from 2016.

US exports to Somalia in 2017 totaled $72.4 million, up 96.42% ($35.6 million) from 2016.

US imports from Somalia in 2017 were $1.0 million, down 1.18% ($0.0 million) from 2016.

US trade surplus with Somalia in 2017 was $71.4 million, a 99.20% increase ($35.6 million) over 2016.

Somalia was the US 170th largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 179th in 2016), accounting for 0.0019% of US total trade (up from 0.0010% in 2016).

Somalia was the US 154th largest export market in 2017 (up from 169th in 2016), accounting for 0.0047% of US total exports (up from 0.0025% in 2016).

Somalia was the US 205th largest supplier in 2017 (just as in 2016), accounting for 0.0000% of US total imports (just as in 2016).

US Exports to Somalia

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 54.83% of US total exports to Somalia (48.62% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 37.53% of US total exports to Somalia (34.70% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.52% of US total exports to Somalia (1.36% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.44% of US total exports to Somalia (4.03% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Somalia in 2017 over 2016 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 $8,527.0 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $7,294.3 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $5,512.8 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $4,683.9 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 $4,494.5 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $2,281.8 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $2,142.4 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $1,231.3 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $676.2 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Somalia in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - a decrease of $686.2 thousand;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - a decrease of $444.8 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $313.4 thousand.
US exports to Somalia 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
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 4,017.6 5.55 1,875.1114.26
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 12.4 0.02 0.0
10 Cereals 13,520.4 18.67 11,238.620.30
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 22.0-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 5,561.4 7.68 877.6533.74
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 5,681.5 7.84 168.63,268.98
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 526.0 0.73 650.6-19.15
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 10,390.4 14.35 3,096.1235.59
29 Organic chemicals 9.0 0.01 29.8-69.84
30 Pharmaceutical products 4.4 0.01 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 5.2 0.01 0.0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 207.0 0.29 35.4484.35
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 0.0 0.00 6.4-100.00
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 30.6 0.04 13.5126.69
39 Plastics and articles thereof 90.3 0.12 69.330.42
40 Rubber and articles thereof 33.0 0.05 346.4-90.47
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3.0 0.00 84.4-96.44
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 6.0-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 101.7 0.14 9.9923.04
52 Cotton 3.0 0.00 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 55.2 0.08 18.5198.38
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 8.7-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 42.2 0.06 81.3-48.07
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 148.3 0.20 834.5-82.23
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 71.4 0.10 516.2-86.17
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 25.2-100.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 51.0 0.07 79.2-35.59
70 Glass and glassware 217.3 0.30 19.21,030.43
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 3.0 0.00 0.0
72 Iron and steel 0.0 0.00 24.3-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 16.9 0.02 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 4.9 0.01 23.2-78.76
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 54.6 0.08 220.8-75.28
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 8.4 0.01 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 3,793.3 5.24 3,620.84.76
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 5,795.5 8.00 1,301.1345.45
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 16,067.3 22.18 7,540.3113.09
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 9.5 0.01 49.9-80.97
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 1,512.3 2.09 281.1438.10
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 92.3 0.13 31.5192.96
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 320.0 0.44 392.1-18.38
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 31.3 0.04 0.0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 16.7-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 3,934.3 5.43 3,258.120.75

US Imports from Somalia

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 60.78% of US total imports from Somalia (95.71% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 35.34% of US total imports from Somalia (1.42% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.06% of US total imports from Somalia (0.00% in 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Somalia in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $323.0 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) - an increase of $31.0 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $26.2 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $20.8 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $3.8 thousand.

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

  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts (HS code 13) - a decrease of $252.0 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $116.6 thousand;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $19.3 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $12.0 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $7.2 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $3.6 thousand.
US imports from Somalia 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
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 30.8 3.05 4.6568.01
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 0.0 0.00 2.2-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 0.0 0.00 19.3-100.00
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 561.7 55.68 813.7-30.97
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 20.7 2.05 137.3-84.95
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 3.8 0.38 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 20.8 2.06 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.3 0.03 0.0
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 323.0 32.02 0.0
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 33.5 3.32 2.51,247.17
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 12.0-100.00
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 0.0 0.00 1.5-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 3.6-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 14.2 1.41 21.4-33.77
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce