US trade (export - import) with Syria in 2015

Published or Updated: Apr 13, 2017

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

US Trade with Syria

In 2015, US trade with Syria was $10.3 million, down 47.49% ($9.3 million) from 2014.

US exports to Syria in 2015 were $3.4 million, down 50.51% ($3.4 million) from 2014.

US imports from Syria in 2015 were $6.9 million, down 45.88% ($5.8 million) from 2014.

US trade deficit with Syria in 2015 was $3.5 million, a 40.60% decrease ($2.4 million) over 2014.

Syria was the US 196th largest trading partner in 2015 (down from 191st in 2014), accounting for 0.0003% of US total trade (down from 0.0005% in 2014).

Syria was the US 201st largest export market in 2015 (down from 194th in 2014), accounting for 0.0002% of US total exports (down from 0.0004% in 2014).

Syria was the US 174th largest supplier in 2015 (down from 163rd in 2014), accounting for 0.0003% of US total imports (down from 0.0005% in 2014).

US Exports to Syria

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 76.51% of US total exports to Syria (72.22% in 2014);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 15.57% of US total exports to Syria (17.13% in 2014);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 7.62% of US total exports to Syria (5.35% in 2014).

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

  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $298.5 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $179.5 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $18.8 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $17.6 thousand;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $14.8 thousand.

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

  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $2,345.3 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $975.5 thousand;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - a decrease of $323.0 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $198.0 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 $88.9 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $32.4 thousand.
US exports to Syria 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
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 68.3 2.03 50.734.69
10 Cereals 8.3 0.25 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,496.3 74.23 4,841.6-48.44
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 3.8-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 4.0-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0.0 0.00 6.7-100.00
29 Organic chemicals 14.8 0.44 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 160.8 4.78 1,136.4-85.85
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 298.5 8.88 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 8.6 0.26 5.555.53
39 Plastics and articles thereof 40.8 1.21 22.185.05
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 10.0 0.30 0.0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 4.2-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 183.8 5.47 4.34,143.03
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 0.0 0.00 88.9-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 72.5 2.16 270.6-73.19
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 323.0-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 0.0 0.00 32.4-100.00

US Imports from Syria

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 48.30% of US total imports from Syria (41.96% in 2014);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.70% of US total imports from Syria (0.20% in 2014);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.28% of US total imports from Syria (1.34% in 2014).

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

  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $306.2 thousand;
  • 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 $253.7 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $226.8 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $215.9 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $137.0 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $88.4 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $30.1 thousand;
  • Aluminum and articles thereof (HS code 76) - an increase of $22.1 thousand.

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

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $4,524.8 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - a decrease of $1,942.7 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - a decrease of $353.1 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $100.1 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $65.2 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $51.9 thousand;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $34.4 thousand;
  • 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 (HS code 34) - a decrease of $27.3 thousand;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $22.5 thousand.
US imports from Syria 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
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 6.2 0.09 0.0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 362.6 5.26 225.660.72
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,081.6 30.19 4,024.3-48.28
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 50.7 0.74 20.6146.55
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 24.6 0.36 16.548.79
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 357.0 5.18 141.1152.95
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 34.4-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 307.8 4.46 407.8-24.54
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 104.2 1.51 457.3-77.21
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 35.0 0.51 16.1117.86
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 28.0 0.41 50.5-44.54
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 20.1 0.29 85.4-76.42
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 2.9 0.04 30.2-90.51
39 Plastics and articles thereof 7.9 0.12 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0.0 0.00 2.3-100.00
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 104.5 1.52 16.1547.39
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 3.9 0.06 9.3-57.60
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 9.0 0.13 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.5 0.01 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 15.8 0.23 32.6-51.68
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 62.6 0.91 114.5-45.36
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 4.8 0.07 8.7-45.51
65 Headgear and parts thereof 4.5 0.07 14.7-69.40
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1,827.9 26.51 1,521.720.12
73 Articles of iron or steel 6.1 0.09 0.0
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 26.2 0.38 4.1538.42
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2.4 0.03 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 12.9-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 9.4 0.14 4.3120.26
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 261.6 3.79 7.93,214.39
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2.4 0.03 0.0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 2.7 0.04 19.0-85.91
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 728.1 10.56 5,252.9-86.14
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 433.4 6.29 206.6109.78
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce