US trade with Tonga in the first nine months of 2017

Published or Updated: Apr 11, 2018

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Tonga in the first nine months of 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Tonga

In the first nine months of 2017, US trade with Tonga totaled $16.0 million, up 10.06% ($1.5 million) from the first nine months of 2016.

US exports to Tonga in the first nine months of 2017 totaled $12.4 million, up 10.61% ($1.2 million) from the first nine months of 2016.

US imports from Tonga in the first nine months of 2017 totaled $3.5 million, up 8.17% ($0.3 million) from the first nine months of 2016.

US trade surplus with Tonga in the first nine months of 2017 was $8.9 million, a 11.61% increase ($0.9 million) over the first nine months of 2016.

Tonga was the US 184th largest trading partner in the first nine months of 2017 (up from 186th in the first nine months of 2016), accounting for 0.0005% of US total trade (down from 0.0006% in the first nine months of 2016).

Tonga was the US 181st largest export market in the first nine months of 2017 (up from 182nd in the first nine months of 2016), accounting for 0.0011% of US total exports (just as in the first nine months of 2016).

Tonga was the US 187th largest supplier in the first nine months of 2017 (down from 184th in the first nine months of 2016), accounting for 0.0002% of US total imports (just as in the first nine months of 2016).

US Exports to Tonga

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 61.38% of US total exports to Tonga (64.01% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 11.78% of US total exports to Tonga (10.92% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 4.21% of US total exports to Tonga (3.80% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.88% of US total exports to Tonga (0.45% in the first nine months of 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Tonga in the first nine months of 2017 over the first nine months 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 $163.4 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $155.6 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $154.8 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - an increase of $135.3 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $129.6 thousand;
  • Meat and edible meat offal (HS code 02) - an increase of $106.5 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $99.7 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $66.8 thousand;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - an increase of $41.4 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $40.9 thousand;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $39.7 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Tonga in the first nine months of 2017 over the first nine months of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • 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 $115.0 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $67.3 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 $59.0 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - a decrease of $43.1 thousand.
US exports to Tonga in the first nine months of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in first 9 months 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in first 9 months 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in first 9 months 2017
over first 9 months 2016
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 5,705.5 45.92 5,599.01.90
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 27.3 0.22 4.1573.48
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 178.2 1.43 14.91,100.11
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 5.3 0.04 0.0
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 14.0 0.11 0.0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 7.2 0.06 3.0140.63
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0.0 0.00 4.7-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 11.5 0.09 3.3250.24
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates 70.9 0.57 58.221.66
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 63.2 0.51 65.3-3.33
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 65.0 0.52 25.4156.47
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 423.2 3.41 391.28.17
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 65.9 0.53 37.277.25
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 866.2 6.97 909.3-4.74
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 115.7 0.93 74.355.65
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 7.5 0.06 0.0
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 20.0 0.16 30.3-33.99
30 Pharmaceutical products 0.0 0.00 14.2-100.00
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 14.3 0.12 3.7287.67
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 344.8 2.77 215.260.20
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 92.5 0.74 151.6-38.95
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 8.9 0.07 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 3.2 0.03 23.5-86.48
40 Rubber and articles thereof 59.6 0.48 18.6219.85
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 17.9 0.14 3.1485.16
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 16.5 0.13 11.050.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 63.6 0.51 38.366.02
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 5.9 0.05 3.282.25
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 11.5 0.09 4.5156.56
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 2.9 0.02 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 17.1 0.14 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 31.9 0.26 6.4402.36
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 136.2 1.10 36.5273.29
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 34.5 0.28 0.0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 3.7-100.00
69 Ceramic products 3.6 0.03 0.0
73 Articles of iron or steel 10.5 0.08 77.7-86.54
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 4.1 0.03 10.7-62.12
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 23.3 0.19 10.7118.18
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 17.8 0.14 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 234.2 1.88 167.439.89
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 261.7 2.11 376.7-30.52
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 51.7 0.42 78.0-33.79
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 245.6 1.98 90.0172.83
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 27.4 0.22 6.0353.75
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 643.5 5.18 508.226.63
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 15.5 0.12 0.0
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 5.5-100.00
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 19.2 0.15 5.8233.28
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 37.1 0.30 0.0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 102.3 0.82 77.731.57
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 2,219.9 17.87 2,065.17.50

US Imports from Tonga

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 78.42% of US total imports from Tonga (88.51% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 6.60% of US total imports from Tonga (0.38% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 2.66% of US total imports from Tonga (0.00% in the first nine months of 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.16% of US total imports from Tonga (1.00% in the first nine months of 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Tonga in the first nine months of 2017 over the first nine months of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Knitted or crocheted fabrics (HS code 60) - an increase of $232.9 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $116.0 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $97.8 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - an increase of $94.0 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $31.2 thousand;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - an increase of $21.0 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Tonga in the first nine months of 2017 over the first nine months of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - a decrease of $117.8 thousand;
  • Beverages, spirits and vinegar (HS code 22) - a decrease of $91.7 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) - a decrease of $51.0 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $25.9 thousand;
  • Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork (HS code 46) - a decrease of $15.5 thousand;
  • Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 05) - a decrease of $13.8 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $10.8 thousand.
US imports from Tonga in the first nine months of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in first 9 months 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in first 9 months 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in first 9 months 2017
over first 9 months 2016
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 2,014.3 57.02 2,132.1-5.52
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 256.4 7.26 270.1-5.09
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 151.9 4.30 177.8-14.58
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 156.5 4.43 58.6166.79
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 191.2 5.41 160.119.46
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 0.0 0.00 91.7-100.00
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 17.0 0.48 32.5-47.77
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 3.0 0.09 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 21.0 0.59 0.0
60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 232.9 6.59 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 1.4-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0.3 0.01 11.1-96.95
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 94.0 2.66 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 0.7 0.02 51.7-98.74
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 48.5 1.37 49.6-2.26
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 345.0 9.77 229.050.68
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce