US trade (export - import) with Zimbabwe in 2016

Published or Updated: Apr 25, 2017

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

US Trade with Zimbabwe

In 2016, US trade with Zimbabwe was $45.6 million, down 56.80% ($60.0 million) from 2015.

US exports to Zimbabwe in 2016 were $29.0 million, down 20.55% ($7.5 million) from 2015.

US imports from Zimbabwe in 2016 were $16.6 million, down 75.92% ($52.5 million) from 2015.

US trade balance with Zimbabwe went from a deficit of $32.7 million in 2015, to a surplus of $12.3 million in 2016.

Zimbabwe was the US 174th largest trading partner in 2016 (down from 161st in 2015), accounting for 0.0012% of US total trade (down from 0.0028% in 2015).

Zimbabwe was the US 175th largest export market in 2016 (down from 168th in 2015), accounting for 0.0020% of US total exports (down from 0.0024% in 2015).

Zimbabwe was the US 158th largest supplier in 2016 (down from 133rd in 2015), accounting for 0.0007% of US total imports (down from 0.0030% in 2015).

US Exports to Zimbabwe

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 56.03% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (67.32% in 2015);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 25.65% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (10.95% in 2015);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 10.60% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (8.04% in 2015);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.79% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (1.75% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.45% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (3.02% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.10% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (1.42% in 2015).

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $3,141.6 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - an increase of $2,171.6 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $604.0 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $337.1 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $326.8 thousand;
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (HS code 06) - an increase of $121.3 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $107.2 thousand;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - an increase of $96.3 thousand.

The largest declines in US exports to Zimbabwe in 2016 over 2015 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 $3,741.7 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - a decrease of $2,081.8 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) - a decrease of $1,958.5 thousand;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - a decrease of $1,355.1 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $1,200.5 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $798.7 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - a decrease of $753.7 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - a decrease of $355.3 thousand;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $250.8 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - a decrease of $238.5 thousand;
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 93) - a decrease of $238.1 thousand;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - a decrease of $204.1 thousand;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $202.0 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - a decrease of $151.9 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - a decrease of $146.0 thousand;
  • Photographic or cinematographic goods (HS code 37) - a decrease of $144.9 thousand;
  • Man-made staple fibers (HS code 55) - a decrease of $138.1 thousand;
  • 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 (HS code 86) - a decrease of $130.3 thousand;
  • Man-made filaments (HS code 54) - a decrease of $96.4 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 $93.5 thousand;
  • Organic chemicals (HS code 29) - a decrease of $92.3 thousand.
US exports to Zimbabwe 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
(%)
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 19.3 0.07 50.2-61.49
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 121.3 0.42 0.0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 2,630.9 9.08 459.4472.73
10 Cereals 3,529.9 12.18 388.3809.09
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 157.5 0.54 1,512.7-89.59
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 8.5 0.03 154.5-94.50
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 610.6 2.11 1,409.4-56.67
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 5.9 0.02 0.0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 12.3 0.04 0.0
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 0.0 0.00 10.0-100.00
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 335.7 1.16 8.93,664.08
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 0.0 0.00 13.0-100.00
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 21.0 0.07 29.1-27.85
29 Organic chemicals 70.1 0.24 162.4-56.83
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,468.8 5.07 864.869.84
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 33.7 0.12 13.7146.43
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 317.2 1.09 555.7-42.92
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 7.9 0.03 101.4-92.21
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 2.7 0.01 0.0
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 3.0 0.01 147.8-97.99
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 584.5 2.02 247.4136.30
39 Plastics and articles thereof 362.9 1.25 718.2-49.48
40 Rubber and articles thereof 200.1 0.69 92.9115.32
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 18.4 0.06 23.3-21.11
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 221.7 0.77 206.87.22
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 104.6 0.36 37.3180.30
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 191.5 0.66 393.4-51.33
54 Man-made filaments 0.0 0.00 96.4-100.00
55 Man-made staple fibers 10.5 0.04 148.6-92.93
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 0.0 0.00 14.8-100.00
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 0.0 0.00 13.4-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0.0 0.00 3.6-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 6.0 0.02 28.5-78.87
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 2.5 0.01 206.6-98.77
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 3.8 0.01 2.643.27
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 5.5 0.02 3.364.86
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0.0 0.00 12.6-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 10.5 0.04 16.2-35.15
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 0.0 0.00 16.7-100.00
72 Iron and steel 0.0 0.00 4.7-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 189.0 0.65 942.7-79.95
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 232.4 0.80 136.170.76
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 0.0 0.00 18.4-100.00
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 9,795.7 33.81 11,877.6-17.53
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 1,506.5 5.20 3,465.0-56.52
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 24.2 0.08 154.4-84.34
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 3,245.7 11.20 6,987.5-53.55
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 825.2 2.85 977.1-15.55
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 836.4 2.89 1,087.3-23.07
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 4.0-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 25.5 0.09 6.0328.83
93 Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof 0.0 0.00 238.1-100.00
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 71.5 0.25 20.4250.20
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 20.0 0.07 15.826.32
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 3.0 0.01 47.5-93.70
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 1,120.3 3.87 2,320.8-51.73

US Imports from Zimbabwe

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

  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 38.54% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (27.27% in 2015);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 36.12% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (63.74% in 2015);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 7.08% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (0.99% in 2015);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 1.84% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (0.20% in 2015);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 1.44% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (0.41% in 2015).

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

  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $1,032.4 thousand;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $497.5 thousand;
  • 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 $171.0 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $104.6 thousand;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $80.3 thousand;
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (HS code 06) - an increase of $78.6 thousand.

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - a decrease of $38,035.4 thousand;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - a decrease of $7,288.9 thousand;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - a decrease of $6,230.9 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - a decrease of $1,610.0 thousand;
  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather (HS code 41) - a decrease of $597.6 thousand;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - a decrease of $420.1 thousand;
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans (HS code 49) - a decrease of $88.4 thousand;
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - a decrease of $73.7 thousand;
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) (HS code 42) - a decrease of $60.4 thousand.
US imports from Zimbabwe 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
(%)
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 42.0 0.25 19.9111.44
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 293.9 1.77 215.336.52
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 3,994.0 24.00 2,961.534.86
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 27.7 0.17 4.4534.43
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3.5 0.02 77.2-95.44
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 1,533.2 9.21 7,764.1-80.25
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 519.8 3.12 7,808.7-93.34
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 1,178.7 7.08 681.273.03
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 80.3 0.48 0.0
39 Plastics and articles thereof 11.5 0.07 2.8314.55
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 559.0 3.36 1,156.7-51.67
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 38.0 0.23 98.4-61.38
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 4.0 0.02 14.6-72.35
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 97.0 0.58 72.932.97
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 6.9 0.04 5.917.29
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 2.9 0.02 91.3-96.81
52 Cotton 3.7 0.02 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 1.1-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 88.0 0.53 118.6-25.83
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 7.4 0.04 10.7-31.20
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 139.7 0.84 150.5-7.16
65 Headgear and parts thereof 1.3 0.01 1.26.92
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 223.1 1.34 229.7-2.86
69 Ceramic products 0.0 0.00 3.2-100.00
70 Glass and glassware 3.6 0.02 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 306.5 1.84 135.5126.26
72 Iron and steel 5,985.2 35.96 44,020.6-86.40
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 3.4-100.00
80 Tin and articles thereof 7.6 0.05 28.6-73.29
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 17.7 0.11 8.5109.08
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 11.2 0.07 0.0
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 0.0 0.00 5.8-100.00
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 2.8-100.00
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 27.5 0.17 35.6-22.69
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 536.8 3.23 956.9-43.90
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 38.6-100.00
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 437.2 2.63 2,047.2-78.65
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 452.9 2.72 348.330.02
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce