US trade (export - import) with Sri Lanka in 2013

Published or Updated: Feb 01, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Sri Lanka in 2013: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Sri Lanka

In 2013, US trade with Sri Lanka totaled $2,881.5 million, up 11.26% ($291.5 million) from 2012.

US exports to Sri Lanka in 2013 totaled $311.9 million, up 39.28% ($88.0 million) from 2012.

US imports from Sri Lanka in 2013 totaled $2,569.6 million, up 8.60% ($203.5 million) from 2012.

US trade deficit with Sri Lanka in 2013 was $2,257.7 million, a 5.40% increase ($115.6 million) over 2012.

Sri Lanka was the US 72nd largest trading partner in 2013 (up from 74th in 2012), accounting for 0.0738% of US total trade (up from 0.0668% in 2012).

Sri Lanka was the US 114th largest export market in 2013 (up from 127th in 2012), accounting for 0.0198% of US total exports (up from 0.0145% in 2012).

Sri Lanka was the US 62nd largest supplier in 2013 (up from 65th in 2012), accounting for 0.1104% of US total imports (up from 0.1013% in 2012).

US Exports to Sri Lanka

The major share of US exports to Sri Lanka in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 40.58% of US total exports to Sri Lanka (19.75% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 28.18% of US total exports to Sri Lanka (39.33% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.28% of US total exports to Sri Lanka (17.32% in 2012);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 9.23% of US total exports to Sri Lanka (9.86% in 2012);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.82% of US total exports to Sri Lanka (4.33% in 2012);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 2.48% of US total exports to Sri Lanka (3.35% in 2012);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.53% of US total exports to Sri Lanka (2.11% in 2012).

The largest gains in US exports to Sri Lanka in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $50.4 million;
  • Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed (HS code 23) - an increase of $19.1 million;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - an increase of $7.0 million;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $6.9 million;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $5.7 million;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - an increase of $4.3 million;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $4.1 million;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $1.9 million;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $1.8 million;
  • 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 $1.6 million;
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles (HS code 64) - an increase of $1.3 million;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $1.0 million;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $1.0 million.

The largest declines in US exports to Sri Lanka in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $6.6 million;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $6.0 million;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - a decrease of $2.3 million;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $1.7 million;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $1.5 million;
  • Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof (HS code 56) - a decrease of $1.2 million;
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard (HS code 48) - a decrease of $1.1 million.
US exports to Sri Lanka in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2012
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2013
over 2012
(%)
01 Live animals 177.6 0.06 146.221.46
02 Meat and edible meat offal 107.3 0.03 0.0
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,042.8 0.65 1,744.217.12
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 14,395.7 4.62 8,693.765.59
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 215.3 0.07 142.650.93
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 4.0 0.00 15.5-73.94
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,645.5 0.85 2,829.1-6.49
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 6,123.6 1.96 7,626.1-19.70
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 459.0 0.15 324.941.25
10 Cereals 52,944.6 16.97 2,519.22,001.64
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 17.4 0.01 80.9-78.45
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 6,722.9 2.16 2,641.1154.55
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 150.2 0.05 154.1-2.52
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 183.3-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 4,557.6 1.46 2,691.669.33
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 228.5 0.07 313.1-27.03
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,141.4 0.37 767.748.67
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 4,624.8 1.48 3,629.527.42
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 2,110.9 0.68 1,305.661.68
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 407.5 0.13 670.8-39.25
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,856.4 0.60 1,123.465.24
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 799.8 0.26 708.012.96
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 23,474.5 7.53 4,336.8441.29
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 1,371.8 0.44 1,581.6-13.27
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 584.3 0.19 603.6-3.20
26 Ores, slag and ash 0.0 0.00 32.6-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 557.7 0.18 638.3-12.63
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 988.1 0.32 502.296.74
29 Organic chemicals 1,384.8 0.44 2,168.8-36.15
30 Pharmaceutical products 3,525.6 1.13 3,673.9-4.04
31 Fertilizers 236.0 0.08 112.0110.80
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 2,387.8 0.77 2,748.5-13.13
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 2,898.5 0.93 1,854.556.29
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 1,502.0 0.48 1,440.54.27
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 1,312.7 0.42 1,422.7-7.73
36 Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations 6.4 0.00 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 1,502.1 0.48 1,704.0-11.85
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 3,921.7 1.26 3,662.47.08
39 Plastics and articles thereof 13,202.6 4.23 14,891.0-11.34
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,329.4 0.75 4,600.8-49.37
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 501.7 0.16 72.5591.84
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 94.1 0.03 17.7430.06
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 24.3 0.01 31.3-22.49
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 50.0 0.02 19.3159.60
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 1,579.5 0.51 1,552.31.75
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 6,569.6 2.11 7,638.0-13.99
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 583.0 0.19 486.919.74
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 9.9 0.00 9.54.69
52 Cotton 659.3 0.21 1,102.8-40.22
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 5.9 0.00 4.144.90
54 Man-made filaments 11,076.1 3.55 4,062.7172.63
55 Man-made staple fibers 969.2 0.31 1,843.2-47.42
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 8,509.3 2.73 9,749.6-12.72
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 504.6 0.16 813.1-37.94
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 305.0 0.10 377.0-19.08
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 1,244.6 0.40 1,369.9-9.15
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 2,799.9 0.90 1,897.647.55
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 305.8 0.10 108.7181.20
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 600.5 0.19 299.2100.71
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 382.2 0.12 441.7-13.48
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 1,343.8 0.43 0.0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 63.6 0.02 2.92,073.73
66 Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seatsticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof 3.2 0.00 7.1-55.88
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 243.7 0.08 250.7-2.77
69 Ceramic products 24.3 0.01 9.3161.33
70 Glass and glassware 327.5 0.10 301.18.76
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 7,737.3 2.48 7,501.13.15
72 Iron and steel 944.6 0.30 1,567.3-39.73
73 Articles of iron or steel 919.6 0.29 579.558.69
74 Copper and articles thereof 66.5 0.02 66.6-0.07
75 Nickel and articles thereof 54.8 0.02 62.8-12.79
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 580.8 0.19 626.8-7.34
78 Lead and articles thereof 625.5 0.20 270.5131.27
80 Tin and articles thereof 6.7 0.00 2.9133.22
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 257.3 0.08 308.8-16.68
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 737.5 0.24 807.6-8.68
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 567.7 0.18 441.328.64
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 28,220.6 9.05 34,849.7-19.02
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 16,587.2 5.32 15,028.610.37
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 739.1 0.24 1,081.3-31.64
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 9,990.1 3.20 5,701.275.23
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 10,622.4 3.41 16,670.2-36.28
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 280.0 0.09 205.836.05
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 21,460.4 6.88 14,546.047.53
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 42.1 0.01 0.0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 14.4 0.00 28.1-48.76
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 9.2 0.00 6.344.48
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 1,129.5 0.36 370.2205.09
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 1,884.3 0.60 1,538.822.46
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 387.3 0.12 404.6-4.27
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 80.9 0.03 89.7-9.82
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 6,266.7 2.01 4,441.341.10

US Imports from Sri Lanka

The major share of US imports from Sri Lanka in 2013 (and in 2012) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 70.27% of US total imports from Sri Lanka (68.81% in 2012);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 14.53% of US total imports from Sri Lanka (16.21% in 2012);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 5.20% of US total imports from Sri Lanka (5.29% in 2012);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 4.33% of US total imports from Sri Lanka (4.52% in 2012);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.89% of US total imports from Sri Lanka (2.67% in 2012).

The largest gains in US imports from Sri Lanka in 2013 over 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - an increase of $126.6 million;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $60.0 million;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $10.4 million.

The largest declines in US imports from Sri Lanka in 2013 over the 2012 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • No product groups with a substantial decrease.
US imports from Sri Lanka in 2013 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2013
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2012
USD thousand)
Change
in 2013
over 2012
(%)
01 Live animals 7.6 0.00 14.4-47.06
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 43,535.8 1.69 42,731.81.88
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 24.9 0.00 32.6-23.56
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 41.6 0.00 34.520.50
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 157.1 0.01 181.8-13.63
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1,277.3 0.05 5.125,082.79
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 8,489.8 0.33 8,446.20.52
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 52,670.9 2.05 46,905.312.29
10 Cereals 165.3 0.01 242.4-31.79
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 28.8 0.00 18.059.95
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 614.9 0.02 560.99.62
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 3.6 0.00 0.0
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 3,634.7 0.14 3,152.915.28
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 7,594.4 0.30 6,431.118.09
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 3,785.8 0.15 7,556.7-49.90
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 159.3 0.01 70.4126.25
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 7.5 0.00 139.6-94.65
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 1,545.0 0.06 1,145.434.89
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 1,165.7 0.05 2,560.7-54.48
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 1,047.0 0.04 1,731.0-39.52
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 7,012.0 0.27 2,751.8154.81
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 53.3 0.00 58.8-9.30
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 474.9 0.02 420.712.89
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 978.3 0.04 1,111.7-12.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 79.1 0.00 57.537.45
29 Organic chemicals 378.2 0.01 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 3.5 0.00 28.8-87.71
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 0.0 0.00 7.9-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 8,938.2 0.35 7,524.318.79
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 62.5 0.00 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 4.7 0.00 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 31,685.7 1.23 35,823.9-11.55
39 Plastics and articles thereof 26,021.5 1.01 31,171.5-16.52
40 Rubber and articles thereof 306,384.8 11.92 308,920.2-0.82
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2,855.3 0.11 5,234.1-45.45
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 3,186.4 0.12 3,461.5-7.95
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 495.6 0.02 374.932.21
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 0.0 0.00 16.5-100.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 359.9 0.01 454.2-20.77
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 235.3 0.01 154.452.35
50 Silk 1.7 0.00 1.9-10.58
51 Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; horsehair yarn and woven fabric 1.3 0.00 2.9-54.33
52 Cotton 366.6 0.01 824.8-55.55
53 Other vegetable textile fibers; paper yarn and woven fabric of paper yarn 7,378.9 0.29 11,844.0-37.70
54 Man-made filaments 1,563.3 0.06 1,322.318.23
55 Man-made staple fibers 733.0 0.03 63.01,063.76
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 2,868.9 0.11 5,662.6-49.34
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 247.8 0.01 391.6-36.73
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 34.5 0.00 31.98.38
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 365.6 0.01 477.0-23.35
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 15.0 0.00 35.4-57.53
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 915,879.5 35.64 789,245.816.04
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 847,003.7 32.96 787,011.17.62
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 16,920.1 0.66 16,619.41.81
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 801.4 0.03 1,029.2-22.14
65 Headgear and parts thereof 11,191.1 0.44 12,504.8-10.51
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 335.4 0.01 1,060.2-68.36
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,467.0 0.10 1,819.435.60
69 Ceramic products 11,533.2 0.45 8,563.034.69
70 Glass and glassware 315.4 0.01 239.731.59
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 111,158.2 4.33 106,895.03.99
73 Articles of iron or steel 116.1 0.00 689.8-83.17
74 Copper and articles thereof 84.5 0.00 110.6-23.64
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 140.7-100.00
78 Lead and articles thereof 2,427.4 0.09 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 253.0 0.01 116.8116.53
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 191.6 0.01 169.612.95
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 52,438.5 2.04 42,043.224.73
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 12,114.3 0.47 11,085.39.28
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 1,649.2 0.06 293.2462.52
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 282.2 0.01 56.3401.37
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 42.7 0.00 48.6-12.14
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 7,679.9 0.30 9,725.4-21.03
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 21.2-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 8.0 0.00 14.2-43.28
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 356.3 0.01 684.3-47.94
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 13,727.2 0.53 13,094.74.83
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 9,913.7 0.39 9,321.56.35
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 1,429.8 0.06 398.5258.77
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 20,575.7 0.80 12,896.959.54
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce