US trade with Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017

Published or Updated: Apr 03, 2018

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Syria

In the 4th quarter of 2017, US trade with Syria totaled $4.7 million, up 55.21% ($1.7 million) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

US exports to Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 totaled $2.7 million, up 148.14% ($1.6 million) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

US imports from Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 totaled $2.0 million, up 4.17% ($0.1 million) from the 4th quarter of 2016.

US trade balance with Syria went from a deficit of $0.9 million in the 4th quarter of 2016, to a surplus of $0.6 million in the 4th quarter of 2017.

Syria was the US 190th largest trading partner in the 4th quarter of 2017 (up from 192nd in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0004% of US total trade (up from 0.0003% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Syria was the US 188th largest export market in the 4th quarter of 2017 (up from 198th in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0007% of US total exports (up from 0.0003% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

Syria was the US 171st largest supplier in the 4th quarter of 2017 (up from 172nd in the 4th quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0003% of US total imports (just as in the 4th quarter of 2016).

US Exports to Syria

The major share of US exports to Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 (and in the 4th quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 77.01% of US total exports to Syria (96.21% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 11.90% of US total exports to Syria (1.35% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 11.08% of US total exports to Syria (2.44% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $603.3 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $517.8 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $316.4 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $229.8 thousand;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $107.8 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $39.9 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $21.0 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 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 $233.5 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) - a decrease of $14.5 thousand.
US exports to Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in Q4 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in Q4 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
(%)
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 603.3 22.70 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 21.0 0.79 0.0
10 Cereals 107.8 4.05 0.0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 796.8 29.98 1,030.4-22.67
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 517.8 19.48 0.0
30 Pharmaceutical products 46.7 1.76 6.8589.35
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 229.8 8.65 0.0
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 3.3 0.12 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 14.7 0.55 19.3-24.00
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 14.5-100.00
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 316.4 11.90 0.0

US Imports from Syria

The major share of US imports from Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 (and in the 4th quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 66.09% of US total imports from Syria (60.59% in the 4th quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 0.00% of US total imports from Syria (2.05% in the 4th quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $263.2 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $111.0 thousand;
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares (HS code 19) - an increase of $34.9 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $26.8 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $15.3 thousand;
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons (HS code 08) - an increase of $14.7 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 $12.1 thousand;
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants (HS code 20) - an increase of $9.2 thousand;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $7.7 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 over the 4th quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials (HS code 68) - a decrease of $360.7 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 $39.9 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $13.7 thousand.
US imports from Syria in the 4th quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in Q4 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in Q4 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in Q4 2017
over Q4 2016
(%)
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 14.7 0.73 0.0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,110.1 54.65 999.111.11
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 2.9-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 13.7-100.00
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 7.7 0.38 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 170.3 8.38 135.425.81
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 39.7 1.95 30.530.20
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 39.9-100.00
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0.8 0.04 0.498.03
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 7.3 0.36 6.217.59
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 4.9-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 7.0 0.34 3.3109.28
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 8.3 0.41 7.313.97
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 292.5 14.40 653.2-55.22
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 15.3 0.75 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2.3 0.11 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 19.2 0.94 7.1170.89
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 263.2 12.96 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 72.8 3.59 46.058.32
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce