Afghanistan

Afghanistan ranked No. 101 in total trade value through June with a total of $378.61 million. Exports totaled $369.96 million and Imports totaled $8.64 million, a surplus of $361.32 million.

U.S. trade with Afghanistan rose to $378.61 million through June

Afghanistan’s trade with the United States rose to $378.61 million through the first six months of 2020, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 9.56 percent below its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to Afghanistan decreased 6.48 percent while U.S. imports from Afghanistan fell 62.49 percent. The U.S. surplus with Afghanistan was $361.32 million.

Through June, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio; No. 2 Chicago O’Hare International Airport; No. 3 Port of Freeport, Texas; No. 4 Port of Jacksonville, Fla.; and No. 5 San Francisco International Airport, Calif.. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Charleston; No. 2 Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio; No. 3 Chicago O’Hare International Airport; No. 4 Port of Wilmington, Dela. and No. 5 San Francisco International Airport, Calif.. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 65.08 percent of Afghanistan’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio rose 37.61 percent to $79.5 million.
    Exports rose 36.57 percent to $78.42 million. Imports rose 207.09 percent to $1.08 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Chicago O’Hare International Airport rose 54.9 percent to $72.24 million.
    Exports rose 55.05 percent to $72.15 million. Imports fell 11.92 percent to $95,725.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Freeport, Texas rose 1073.88 percent to $53.24 million.
    Exports rose 1073.88 percent to $53.24 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 4 Port of Jacksonville, Fla. rose 1372.5 percent to $23.97 million.
    Exports rose 1372.5 percent to $23.97 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 5 San Francisco International Airport, Calif. fell 22.96 percent to $17.43 million.
    Exports fell 22 percent to $17.13 million. Imports fell 54.82 percent to $296,684.

Afghanistan ranked No. 101 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 105.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $1.77 trillion, down 57.4 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 58.23 percent to $687.16 billion; imports dropped 56.85 percent to $1.08 trillion. The nation’s top five countries so far this year, by value, are Canada; Mexico; China; Japan and Germany. The overall trade deficit was $391.01 billion, down compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $853.23 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Afghanistan by value through June were the categories of Cranes, derricks, industrial-use vehicles; Defense-related aircraft, parts; Civilian aircraft, parts; Tanks, armored fighting vehicles, parts; and Cell phones, related equipment, respectively. They accounted for 51.27 percent of total exports to Afghanistan.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Afghanistan –– Carpets, othert textile floor coverings, knotted; Grapes, fresh or dried; Returned exports, without change; Antiques; and Dried fruit and nuts –– accounted for 57.69 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports to Afghanistan:

  • Cranes, derricks, industrial-use vehicles rose 541.35 percent compared to last year to $73.6 million.
  • Defense-related aircraft, parts rose 180.95 percent compared to last year to $39.67 million.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 65.89 percent compared to last year to $37.16 million.
  • Tanks, armored fighting vehicles, parts rose 613.59 percent compared to last year to $22.05 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment fell 40.3 percent compared to last year to $17.22 million.

Looking more closely at U.S. imports from Afghanistan:

  • Carpets, othert textile floor coverings, knotted fell 8.63 percent compared to last year to $2.03 million.
  • Grapes, fresh or dried fell 54.49 percent compared to last year to $872,912.
  • Returned exports, without change fell 23.2 percent compared to last year to $775,636.
  • Antiques rose 8705.22 percent compared to last year to $755,400.
  • Dried fruit and nuts fell 36.29 percent compared to last year to $551,844.

In the latest annual figures available, Afghanistan recorded $786.92 million in trade with the United States. Total U.S. exports to Afghanistan were $ 750.62 million and imports from Afghanistan were $36.3 million. The U.S. surplus with Afghanistan was $714.31 million.