US trade (export - import) with Zimbabwe in 2017

Published or Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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

US Trade with Zimbabwe

In 2017, US trade with Zimbabwe totaled $96.5 million, up 111.51% ($50.9 million) from 2016.

US exports to Zimbabwe in 2017 totaled $40.3 million, up 39.12% ($11.3 million) from 2016.

US imports from Zimbabwe in 2017 totaled $56.2 million, up 237.55% ($39.5 million) from 2016.

US trade balance with Zimbabwe went from a surplus of $12.3 million in 2016, to a deficit of $15.9 million in 2017.

Zimbabwe was the US 165th largest trading partner in 2017 (up from 174th in 2016), accounting for 0.0024% of US total trade (up from 0.0012% in 2016).

Zimbabwe was the US 169th largest export market in 2017 (up from 175th in 2016), accounting for 0.0026% of US total exports (up from 0.0020% in 2016).

Zimbabwe was the US 138th largest supplier in 2017 (up from 158th in 2016), accounting for 0.0023% of US total imports (up from 0.0007% in 2016).

US Exports to Zimbabwe

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

  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 69.12% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (56.03% in 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 13.83% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (10.60% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 7.75% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (25.65% in 2016);
  • Wood and wood products (HS codes 44-49) - 1.57% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (1.79% in 2016);
  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 1.56% of US total exports to Zimbabwe (1.45% in 2016).

The largest gains in US exports to Zimbabwe 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) - an increase of $4,801.3 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 $3,080.1 thousand;
  • Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof (HS code 88) - an increase of $2,313.2 thousand;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - an increase of $1,439.5 thousand;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $1,414.3 thousand;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - an increase of $1,231.7 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - an increase of $841.0 thousand;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $471.7 thousand;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $320.0 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 $311.5 thousand;
  • Articles of iron or steel (HS code 73) - an increase of $277.0 thousand;
  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder (HS code 12) - an increase of $241.1 thousand;
  • Rubber and articles thereof (HS code 40) - an increase of $196.2 thousand;
  • Photographic or cinematographic goods (HS code 37) - an increase of $189.9 thousand.

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

  • Cereals (HS code 10) - a decrease of $3,529.9 thousand;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $2,620.0 thousand;
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal (HS code 82) - a decrease of $160.6 thousand.
US exports to Zimbabwe 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
(%)
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 28.8 0.07 19.348.71
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 117.2 0.29 121.3-3.41
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 10.9 0.03 2,630.9-99.58
10 Cereals 0.0 0.00 3,529.9-100.00
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 1,597.0 3.96 157.5913.86
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 249.6 0.62 8.52,836.13
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included 58.2 0.14 0.0
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 663.1 1.65 610.68.59
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 0.0 0.00 5.9-100.00
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 0.0 0.00 12.3-100.00
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 67.3 0.17 0.0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 331.7 0.82 335.7-1.17
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 3.2 0.01 0.0
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals,of radioactive elements or of isotopes 8.4 0.02 21.0-59.79
29 Organic chemicals 58.9 0.15 70.1-15.92
30 Pharmaceutical products 1,788.9 4.44 1,468.821.79
31 Fertilizers 99.1 0.25 0.0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 16.2 0.04 33.7-52.08
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 343.6 0.85 317.28.32
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 18.8 0.05 7.9138.26
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 0.0 0.00 2.7-100.00
37 Photographic or cinematographic goods 192.9 0.48 3.06,394.95
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 1,816.2 4.51 584.5210.72
39 Plastics and articles thereof 834.6 2.07 362.9130.00
40 Rubber and articles thereof 396.3 0.98 200.198.04
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 9.5 0.02 0.0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 0.0 0.00 18.4-100.00
47 Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard 208.1 0.52 221.7-6.11
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 113.9 0.28 104.68.81
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 311.2 0.77 191.562.54
50 Silk 4.0 0.01 0.0
55 Man-made staple fibers 9.6 0.02 10.5-8.75
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 3.1 0.01 0.0
58 Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; lace, tapestries; trimmings; embroidery 15.1 0.04 0.0
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 6.0-100.00
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 0.0 0.00 2.5-100.00
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 19.7 0.05 3.8425.28
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 3.3 0.01 5.5-40.39
67 Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; artificial flowers; articles of human hair 3.2 0.01 0.0
69 Ceramic products 5.6 0.01 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 6.5 0.02 10.5-37.68
73 Articles of iron or steel 466.0 1.16 189.0146.52
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 22.8 0.06 0.0
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 71.8 0.18 232.4-69.09
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 67.1 0.17 0.0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 11,210.0 27.81 9,795.714.44
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 4,586.5 11.38 1,506.5204.45
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 4.3 0.01 24.2-82.37
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 8,047.0 19.96 3,245.7147.92
88 Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof 3,138.4 7.79 825.2280.34
89 Ships, boats and floating structures 34.1 0.08 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 841.6 2.09 836.40.62
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 7.3 0.02 0.0
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 0.0 0.00 25.5-100.00
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 383.0 0.95 71.5435.41
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 53.0 0.13 20.0165.23
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0.0 0.00 3.0-100.00
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 1,961.4 4.87 1,120.375.07

US Imports from Zimbabwe

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

  • Metals and products from them (HS codes 72-83) - 51.26% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (36.12% in 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 40.79% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (38.54% in 2016);
  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 0.45% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (1.44% in 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 0.44% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (7.08% in 2016);
  • Precious metals and stones (HS code 71) - 0.41% of US total imports from Zimbabwe (1.84% in 2016).

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

  • Iron and steel (HS code 72) - an increase of $22,744.7 thousand;
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery (HS code 17) - an increase of $15,201.3 thousand;
  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices (HS code 09) - an increase of $732.9 thousand;
  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather (HS code 41) - an increase of $459.0 thousand;
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage (HS code 06) - an increase of $340.4 thousand;
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 95) - an increase of $325.1 thousand;
  • Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques (HS code 97) - an increase of $294.7 thousand;
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes (HS code 24) - an increase of $241.3 thousand.

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

  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $929.8 thousand;
  • Commodities not specified according to kind (HS code 99) - a decrease of $191.7 thousand.
US imports from Zimbabwe 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
(%)
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 0.0 0.00 42.0-100.00
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage 634.3 1.13 293.9115.79
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 4,726.9 8.41 3,994.018.35
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 51.9 0.09 27.787.69
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 3.3 0.01 3.5-6.56
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 16,734.4 29.79 1,533.2991.49
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes 761.1 1.35 519.846.43
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 248.9 0.44 1,178.7-78.89
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 202.1 0.36 80.3151.55
39 Plastics and articles thereof 2.2 0.00 11.5-80.88
41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather 1,018.0 1.81 559.082.10
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 73.6 0.13 38.093.73
43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof 2.2 0.00 4.0-45.01
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 98.3 0.18 97.01.38
46 Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork 65.6 0.12 6.9853.05
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 28.9 0.05 0.0
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 21.4 0.04 2.9636.85
52 Cotton 0.0 0.00 3.7-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 3.1 0.01 0.0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 123.7 0.22 88.040.63
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 4.5 0.01 7.4-38.74
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 122.4 0.22 139.7-12.40
65 Headgear and parts thereof 0.5 0.00 1.3-58.42
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 135.7 0.24 223.1-39.19
69 Ceramic products 52.3 0.09 0.0
70 Glass and glassware 4.3 0.01 3.618.18
71 Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones,precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin 231.4 0.41 306.5-24.51
72 Iron and steel 28,729.9 51.14 5,985.2380.02
75 Nickel and articles thereof 25.8 0.05 0.0
80 Tin and articles thereof 0.0 0.00 7.6-100.00
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 39.3 0.07 17.7121.43
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 72.2 0.13 0.0
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 47.3 0.08 0.0
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 2.3 0.00 0.0
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 20.9 0.04 11.286.17
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 9.1 0.02 27.5-67.05
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 861.9 1.53 536.860.57
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 21.4 0.04 0.0
97 Works of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques 731.8 1.30 437.267.41
99 Commodities not specified according to kind 261.2 0.47 452.9-42.32
Compiled by «US-EXPORT–IMPORT» based on the statistics of the US Department of Commerce