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Afghanistan ranked No. 108 in total trade value through August with a total of $515.86 million. Exports totaled $484.76 million and Imports totaled $31.11 million, a surplus of $453.65 million.

U.S. trade with Afghanistan rose to $515.86 million through August

Afghanistan’s trade with the United States rose to $515.86 million through the first eight months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 42.07 percent below its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to Afghanistan decreased 44.31 percent while U.S. imports from Afghanistan rose 54.97 percent. The U.S. surplus with Afghanistan was $453.65 million.

Through August, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio; No. 2 Port of Charleston; No. 3 Chicago O’Hare International Airport; No. 4 Port of Wilmington, Dela.; and No. 5 Port of Virginia. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Wilmington, Dela. No. 2 Port of Virginia No. 3 Port of Houston No. 4 Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio and No. 5 Port of Jacksonville, Fla.. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 55.14 percent of Afghanistan’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio rose 23.01 percent to $80.93 million.
    Exports rose 24.5 percent to $80.47 million. Imports fell 60.12 percent to $462,921.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Charleston rose 201.11 percent to $78.22 million.
    Exports rose 201.11 percent to $78.22 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 3 Chicago O’Hare International Airport rose 169.69 percent to $64.77 million.
    Exports rose 173.19 percent to $64.65 million. Imports fell 65.84 percent to $120,316.
  • Trade with No. 4 Port of Wilmington, Dela. fell 89.02 percent to $31.32 million.
    Exports fell 89.02 percent to $31.32 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of Virginia fell 65.76 percent to $29.23 million.
    Exports fell 65.71 percent to $29.23 million. There were no imports.

Afghanistan ranked No. 108 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 89.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $2.77 trillion, down 0.32 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 0.71 percent to $1.1 trillion; imports dropped 0.07 percent to $1.67 trillion. The nation’s top five countries so far this year, by value, are Mexico; Canada; China; Japan and Germany. The overall trade deficit was $575.47 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $568.8 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Afghanistan by value through August were the categories of Civilian aircraft, parts; Cell phones, related equipment; Bombs, grenades, cartridges, parts; Fireworks; and Defense-related aircraft, parts, respectively. They accounted for 50.01 percent of total exports to Afghanistan.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Afghanistan –– Precious stones; Carpets, othert textile floor coverings, knotted; Grapes, fresh or dried; Dried fruit and nuts; and Value added to a returned import –– accounted for 90.02 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 164.47 percent compared to last year to $122.35 million.
  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 105.85 percent compared to last year to $39.74 million.
  • Bombs, grenades, cartridges, parts fell 67.02 percent compared to last year to $37.84 million.
  • Fireworks rose 281.85 percent compared to last year to $26.54 million.
  • Defense-related aircraft, parts fell 5.19 percent compared to last year to $15.96 million.

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

  • Precious stones rose 493.9 percent compared to last year to $20.22 million.
  • Carpets, othert textile floor coverings, knotted rose 49.05 percent compared to last year to $3.53 million.
  • Grapes, fresh or dried fell 52.41 percent compared to last year to $2.17 million.
  • Dried fruit and nuts rose 50.36 percent compared to last year to $1.06 million.
  • Value added to a returned import fell 23.14 percent compared to last year to $1.01 million.

In the latest annual figures available, Afghanistan recorded $951.8 million in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its were Philadelphia; Jacksonville/Tampa; Cleveland; New York City; and Chicago. Total U.S. exports to Afghanistan were $ 937.32 million and imports from Afghanistan were $14.48 million. The U.S. surplus with Afghanistan was $922.84 million.