US trade (export - import) with Zambia in 2017

Published or Updated: Apr 18, 2018

The report on US foreign trade in goods with Zambia in 2017: exports, imports, balance, product types and groups, dynamics.

US Trade with Zambia

In 2017, US trade with Zambia totaled $150.4 million, up 17.24% ($22.1 million) from 2016.

US exports to Zambia in 2017 totaled $83.9 million, up 3.32% ($2.7 million) from 2016.

US imports from Zambia in 2017 totaled $66.6 million, up 41.21% ($19.4 million) from 2016.

US trade surplus with Zambia in 2017 was $17.3 million, a 49.12% decrease ($16.7 million) over 2016.

Zambia was the US 153rd largest trading partner in 2017 (just as in 2016), accounting for 0.0038% of US total trade (up from 0.0035% in 2016).

Zambia was the US 146th largest export market in 2017 (up from 148th in 2016), accounting for 0.0054% of US total exports (down from 0.0056% in 2016).

Zambia was the US 134th largest supplier in 2017 (up from 140th in 2016), accounting for 0.0028% of US total imports (up from 0.0021% in 2016).

US Exports to Zambia

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 62.59% of US total exports to Zambia (67.96% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 19.05% of US total exports to Zambia (15.12% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 4.58% of US total exports to Zambia (3.36% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 2.89% of US total exports to Zambia (1.80% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Zambia in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $12,981.4 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $2,673.7 thousand;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - an increase of $1,352.0 thousand;
  • Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags (HS code 63) - an increase of $1,005.6 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $812.8 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 $396.5 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Zambia in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $14,117.1 thousand;
  • Ships, boats and floating structures (HS code 89) - a decrease of $1,157.4 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $790.2 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $547.5 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 $281.6 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $267.1 thousand.
US exports to Zambia in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of exports
in 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total export
(%)
Value
of exports
in 2016
(USD thousand)
Change
in 2017
over 2016
(%)
02 Meat and edible meat offal 80.6 0.10 101.5-20.57
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 37.5 0.04 90.9-58.71
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2.8 0.00 105.4-97.30
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 0.0 0.00 23.4-100.00
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 3.7-100.00
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 206.8 0.25 65.8214.23
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 38.9 0.05 0.0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 8.5 0.01 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 229.7 0.27 32.4608.64
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 9.7 0.01 0.0
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal feed 0.0 0.00 4.5-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 201.7 0.24 131.453.48
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 107.6 0.13 0.0
29 Organic chemicals 23.0 0.03 52.4-56.15
30 Pharmaceutical products 740.6 0.88 581.427.39
31 Fertilizers 240.0 0.29 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 26.7 0.03 117.4-77.31
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 495.0 0.59 583.6-15.18
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 179.3 0.21 461.0-61.10
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 18.7 0.02 69.1-72.93
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 31.9 0.04 5.2514.43
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,628.4 1.94 815.699.65
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,197.3 1.43 966.423.89
40 Rubber and articles thereof 11,293.5 13.46 8,619.831.02
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 99.8 0.12 32.2210.32
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 35.3 0.04 121.3-70.89
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 170.9 0.20 155.59.90
55 Man-made staple fibers 2.8 0.00 0.0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 3.0 0.00 0.0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 4.5 0.01 10.6-57.45
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 186.6 0.22 21.7761.42
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 214.4 0.26 172.824.03
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1,796.6 2.14 791.0127.13
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 198.1 0.24 414.9-52.24
65 Headgear and parts thereof 11.0 0.01 41.8-73.76
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 9.3 0.01 4.894.00
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 24.3 0.03 5.2363.52
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 31.7-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 17.6 0.02 27.5-35.88
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 258.9 0.31 232.111.56
72 Iron and steel 74.0 0.09 71.73.22
73 Articles of iron or steel 950.6 1.13 1,217.7-21.93
75 Nickel and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 5.6-100.00
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 27.3 0.03 16.466.92
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 0.0 0.00 12.5-100.00
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2,722.0 3.25 1,369.998.69
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 70.9 0.08 35.2101.47
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 40,487.8 48.27 27,506.447.19
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 3,760.5 4.48 3,363.911.79
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 23.9 0.03 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 5,049.6 6.02 19,166.7-73.65
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 1,032.6 1.23 1,283.3-19.53
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 94.3 0.11 1,251.7-92.47
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 2,053.4 2.45 2,600.9-21.05
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 10.9-100.00
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 362.3 0.43 233.055.48
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 162.3 0.19 115.340.83
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 7.7 0.01 4.093.43
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 35.5 0.04 109.4-67.54
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 8.1 0.01 0.0
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 7,123.5 8.49 7,913.8-9.99

US Imports from Zambia

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

  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 66.59% of US total imports from Zambia (41.39% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 29.80% of US total imports from Zambia (54.33% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 2.37% of US total imports from Zambia (1.47% in 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 0.14% of US total imports from Zambia (1.06% in 2016).

The largest gains in US imports from Zambia in 2017 over 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin (HS code 71) - an increase of $24,811.2 thousand;
  • Copper and articles thereof (HS code 74) - an increase of $3,259.4 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $526.9 thousand;
  • Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included (HS code 04) - an increase of $341.3 thousand.

The largest declines in US imports from Zambia in 2017 over the 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof (HS code 81) - a decrease of $9,103.3 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $407.6 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $203.6 thousand.
US imports from Zambia in 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value
of imports
in 2017
(USD thousand)
Share
in total import
(%)
Value
of imports
in 2016
USD thousand)
Change
in 2017
over 2016
(%)
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 0.0 0.00 43.0-100.00
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 366.4 0.55 25.11,360.27
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 25.9 0.04 41.0-36.86
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2.9 0.00 0.0
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1,067.6 1.60 540.797.44
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 85.3 0.13 32.0166.44
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 5.1 0.01 5.3-5.38
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 25.3 0.04 4.1513.78
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 7.0 0.01 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 19.2 0.03 0.0
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 29.1 0.04 23.623.51
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 31.4 0.05 22.837.90
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 0.9 0.00 0.0
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 19.4 0.03 4.9296.91
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 1.8 0.00 2.4-22.41
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 89.8 0.13 9.1884.96
70 Glass and glassware 5.1 0.01 0.0
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 44,317.0 66.59 19,505.7127.20
72 Iron and steel 70.9 0.11 0.0
74 Copper and articles thereof 5,025.7 7.55 1,766.4184.52
81 Other base metals; cermets; articles thereof 14,736.1 22.14 23,839.5-38.19
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 77.4 0.12 485.0-84.04
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 10.6 0.02 13.4-20.65
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3.5 0.01 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 18.7 0.03 3.6427.07
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 22.0 0.03 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 33.5 0.05 104.1-67.76
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 456.5 0.69 660.1-30.84
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce