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Afghanistan

Afghanistan ranked No. 89 in total trade value through October with a total of $1.11 billion. Exports totaled $1.08 billion and Imports totaled $24.41 million, a surplus of $1.06 billion.

January – October 2018

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $1.11 billion

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Wilmington, Dela. $389,662,764
2Port of Virginia $88,315,804
3Port of Houston $87,024,126
4Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio $84,009,280
5Port of Beaumont, Texas $69,779,827
6Port of Jacksonville, Fla. $50,537,805
7Port of New Orleans $39,990,426
8Port of Charleston $33,579,066
9John F. Kennedy International Airport $31,750,426
10Chicago O’Hare International Airport $29,742,038

U.S. trade with Afghanistan rose to $1.11 billion through October

Afghanistan’s trade with the United States rose to $1.11 billion through the first 10 months of 2018, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 33.04 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. Afghanistan’s exports increased 31.9 percent while imports rose 116.3 percent. The U.S. surplus with Afghanistan was $1.06 billion.

Through October, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings 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 Beaumont, Texas. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Jacksonville, Fla. No. 2 Port of Wilmington, Dela. No. 3 Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio No. 4 John F. Kennedy International Airport and No. 5 Chicago O’Hare International Airport. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 64.95 percent of Afghanistan’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Wilmington, Dela. rose 67.03 percent to $389.66 million.
    Exports rose 67.03 percent to $389.66 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Virginia rose 477.31 percent to $88.32 million.
    Exports rose 476.45 percent to $88.18 million. Imports totaled $131,198.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Houston rose 3027.36 percent to $87.02 million.
    Exports rose 3023.66 percent to $86.92 million. Imports totaled $103,130.
  • Trade with No. 4 Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport, Ohio rose 38.36 percent to $84.01 million.
    Exports rose 39.62 percent to $82.61 million. Imports fell 9.69 percent to $1.4 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of Beaumont, Texas rose 368.24 percent to $69.78 million.
    Exports rose 368.24 percent to $69.78 million. There were no imports.

Afghanistan ranked No. 89 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 96.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $3.51 trillion, up 9.44 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 8.95 percent to $1.39 trillion; imports climbed 9.77 percent to $2.12 trillion. The nation’s top five countries so far this year, by value, are China; Canada; Mexico; Japan and Germany. The overall trade deficit was $732.48 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $657.79 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Afghanistan by value through October were the categories of Tanks, armored fighting vehicles, parts; Cranes, derricks, industrial-use vehicles; Bombs, grenades, cartridges, parts; Civilian aircraft, parts; and Defense-related aircraft, parts, respectively. They accounted for 71.11 percent of total exports to Afghanistan.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Afghanistan –– Precious stones; Grapes, fresh or dried; Antiques; Carpets, othert textile floor coverings, knotted; and Motor vehicle engines –– accounted for 76.21 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Tanks, armored fighting vehicles, parts rose 53.98 percent compared to last year to $426.21 million.
  • Cranes, derricks, industrial-use vehicles rose 165.04 percent compared to last year to $135.82 million.
  • Bombs, grenades, cartridges, parts rose 778.32 percent compared to last year to $127.8 million.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 22.67 percent compared to last year to $52.2 million.
  • Defense-related aircraft, parts rose 81.82 percent compared to last year to $27.59 million.

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

  • Precious stones rose 2055.43 percent compared to last year to $6.21 million.
  • Grapes, fresh or dried rose 636.87 percent compared to last year to $4.82 million.
  • Antiques rose 6723.53 percent compared to last year to $3.08 million.
  • Carpets, othert textile floor coverings, knotted fell 4.23 percent compared to last year to $2.91 million.
  • Motor vehicle engines totaled $1.58 million. 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.