US trade (export - import) with Syria in 2016

Published or Updated: Apr 18, 2017

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Syria in 2016: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Syria

In 2016, US trade with Syria totaled $10.8 million, up 5.38% ($0.6 million) from 2015.

US exports to Syria in 2016 totaled $3.7 million, up 8.64% ($0.3 million) from 2015.

US imports from Syria in 2016 totaled $7.2 million, up 3.79% ($0.3 million) from 2015.

US trade deficit with Syria in 2016 was $3.5 million, a 0.82% decrease ($0.0 million) over 2015.

Syria was the US 195th largest trading partner in 2016 (up from 196th in 2015), accounting for 0.0003% of US total trade (just as in 2015).

Syria was the US 198th largest export market in 2016 (up from 201st in 2015), accounting for 0.0003% of US total exports (up from 0.0002% in 2015).

Syria was the US 171st largest supplier in 2016 (up from 174th in 2015), accounting for 0.0003% of US total imports (just as in 2015).

US Exports to Syria

The major share of US exports to Syria in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 77.28% of US total exports to Syria (76.51% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 20.06% of US total exports to Syria (15.57% in 2015);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.66% of US total exports to Syria (7.62% in 2015).

The largest gains in US exports to Syria in 2016 over 2015 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) - an increase of $222.3 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $196.0 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $42.7 thousand;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - an increase of $37.5 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 $14.5 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Syria in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $136.5 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $37.3 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $24.4 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - a decrease of $22.0 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $12.7 thousand.
US exports to Syria in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2015
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 44.0 1.20 68.3-35.66
10 Cereals 51.0 1.40 8.3515.94
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 2,718.7 74.42 2,496.38.91
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 9.7 0.26 0.0
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 5.4 0.15 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 52.2 1.43 14.8253.66
30 Pharmaceutical products 138.9 3.80 160.8-13.65
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 494.5 13.53 298.565.67
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 3.4 0.09 0.0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 10.3 0.28 8.619.98
39 Plastics and articles thereof 28.1 0.77 40.8-31.09
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0.0 0.00 10.0-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 47.3 1.29 183.8-74.28
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 14.5 0.40 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 35.3 0.97 72.5-51.35

US Imports from Syria

The major share of US imports from Syria in 2016 (and in 2015) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 59.94% of US total imports from Syria (48.30% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 2.25% of US total imports from Syria (1.70% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.69% of US total imports from Syria (1.28% in 2015).

The largest gains in US imports from Syria in 2016 over 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $754.1 thousand;
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - an increase of $362.7 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $255.6 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $150.3 thousand;
  • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal (HS code 44) - an increase of $53.9 thousand;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $45.0 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) - an increase of $37.0 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Syria in 2016 over the 2015 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $728.1 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $240.8 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) - a decrease of $184.2 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - a decrease of $100.1 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - a decrease of $94.8 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $37.0 thousand;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $28.0 thousand;
  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts (HS code 13) - a decrease of $24.6 thousand.
US imports from Syria in 2016 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2015
USD thousand)
Change
in 2016
over 2015
(%)
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2.7 0.04 6.2-55.81
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 262.5 3.67 362.6-27.62
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 2,835.6 39.63 2,081.636.23
10 Cereals 2.9 0.04 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 13.7 0.19 50.7-73.02
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 0.0 0.00 24.6-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 612.6 8.56 357.071.60
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 45.0 0.63 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 213.0 2.98 307.8-30.80
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 254.5 3.56 104.2144.18
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 6.9 0.10 0.0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 39.6 0.55 35.013.03
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0.0 0.00 28.0-100.00
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 12.8 0.18 20.1-36.40
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 39.9 0.56 2.91,295.35
39 Plastics and articles thereof 5.3 0.07 7.9-32.85
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 2.8 0.04 0.0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 158.4 2.21 104.551.52
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 0.0 0.00 3.9-100.00
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2.3 0.03 9.0-73.93
50 Silk 0.6 0.01 0.0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.4 0.01 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 0.5-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 12.6 0.18 15.8-20.10
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 80.6 1.13 62.628.75
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 25.6 0.36 4.8436.47
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1.4 0.02 4.5-68.18
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 2,190.6 30.61 1,827.919.84
69 Ceramic products 12.4 0.17 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 8.0 0.11 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 0.0 0.00 6.1-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 34.6 0.48 26.232.07
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 0.0 0.00 2.4-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 6.0 0.08 9.4-35.96
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 77.4 1.08 261.6-70.41
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 2.4 0.03 2.43.14
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 0.0 0.00 728.1-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 192.7 2.69 433.4-55.55
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce