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Afghanistan ranked No. 108 in total trade value through February with a total of $116.7 million. Exports totaled $113.58 million and Imports totaled $3.12 million, a surplus of $110.46 million.

U.S. trade with Afghanistan rose to $116.7 million through February

Afghanistan’s trade with the United States rose to $116.7 million through the first two months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 10.11 percent below its total trade during the same time period last year. Afghanistan’s exports decreased 8.06 percent while imports fell 50.43 percent. The U.S. surplus with Afghanistan was $110.46 million.

Through February, 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 Wilmington, Dela.; No. 4 Port of New Orleans; and No. 5 San Francisco International Airport, Calif.. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Houston No. 2 Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio No. 3 John F. Kennedy International Airport No. 4 Huntsville International Airport, Ala. and No. 5 Port of New Orleans. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 60.26 percent of Afghanistan’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio rose 107.73 percent to $22.65 million.
    Exports rose 115.55 percent to $22.48 million. Imports fell 65.44 percent to $162,859.
  • Trade with No. 2 Chicago O’Hare International Airport rose 188.56 percent to $22.58 million.
    Exports rose 195.52 percent to $22.58 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Wilmington, Dela. rose 1151.88 percent to $11.1 million.
    Exports rose 1151.88 percent to $11.1 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 4 Port of New Orleans fell 13.12 percent to $7.22 million.
    Exports rose 0.96 percent to $7.14 million. Imports fell 93.52 percent to $80,242.
  • Trade with No. 5 San Francisco International Airport, Calif. rose 2419.35 percent to $6.77 million.
    Exports rose 3981.91 percent to $6.65 million. Imports rose 11.04 percent to $117,440.

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. 103.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $650.55 billion, up 1.11 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 2.61 percent to $260.05 billion; imports climbed 0.14 percent to $390.5 billion. The nation’s top five countries so far this year, by value, are Mexico; Canada; China; Japan and Germany. The overall trade deficit was $130.45 billion, down compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $136.53 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Afghanistan by value through February were the categories of Cell phones, related equipment; Civilian aircraft, parts; Cranes, derricks, industrial-use vehicles; Defense-related aircraft, parts; and Fireworks, respectively. They accounted for 49.5 percent of total exports to Afghanistan.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Afghanistan –– Grapes, fresh or dried; Precious stones; Carpets, othert textile floor coverings, knotted; Dried fruit and nuts; and Paintings, drawings and other artwork –– accounted for 73.36 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Cell phones, related equipment rose 473.78 percent compared to last year to $20.85 million.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 6.79 percent compared to last year to $10.61 million.
  • Cranes, derricks, industrial-use vehicles fell 78.06 percent compared to last year to $10.47 million.
  • Defense-related aircraft, parts rose 32.53 percent compared to last year to $7.71 million.
  • Fireworks rose 997.88 percent compared to last year to $6.59 million.

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

  • Grapes, fresh or dried rose 29.53 percent compared to last year to $760,759.
  • Precious stones fell 46.03 percent compared to last year to $560,225.
  • Carpets, othert textile floor coverings, knotted fell 12.41 percent compared to last year to $374,454.
  • Dried fruit and nuts fell 11.39 percent compared to last year to $337,413.
  • Paintings, drawings and other artwork totaled $253,613. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.

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.