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Kenya ranked No. 95 in total trade value through August with a total of $732.93 million. Exports totaled $284.33 million and Imports totaled $448.6 million, a deficit of $164.26 million.

January – August 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $732.93 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Houston $122,910,321
2Port of Newark $111,110,822
3Port of Savannah, Ga. $99,722,482
4Port of Charleston $83,428,634
5Chicago O’Hare International Airport $27,436,543
6John F. Kennedy International Airport $24,516,122
7Port of Virginia $21,808,384
8Los Angeles International Airport $21,716,654
9Port of Oakland, Calif. $21,591,732
10Port of New Orleans $17,933,510

U.S. trade with Kenya rose to $732.93 million through August

Kenya’s trade with the United States rose to $732.93 million through the first eight months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 15.71 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to Kenya increased 15.09 percent while U.S. imports from Kenya rose 16.1 percent. The U.S. deficit with Kenya was $164.26 million.

Through August, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Port of Houston; No. 2 Port of Newark; No. 3 Port of Savannah, Ga.; No. 4 Port of Charleston; and No. 5 Chicago O’Hare International Airport. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Newark No. 2 Port of Savannah, Ga. No. 3 Port of Houston No. 4 Port of Charleston and No. 5 Chicago O’Hare International Airport. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 60.66 percent of Kenya’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Houston rose 50.78 percent to $122.91 million.
    Exports rose 71.86 percent to $69.26 million. Imports rose 30.17 percent to $53.65 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Newark rose 6.19 percent to $111.11 million.
    Exports fell 27.67 percent to $8.46 million. Imports rose 10.45 percent to $102.65 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Savannah, Ga. fell 2.39 percent to $99.72 million.
    Exports rose 13.78 percent to $18.88 million. Imports fell 5.53 percent to $80.84 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Port of Charleston rose 60 percent to $83.43 million.
    Exports rose 3.1 percent to $2.56 million. Imports rose 62.85 percent to $80.87 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Chicago O’Hare International Airport fell 34.27 percent to $27.44 million.
    Exports fell 46.72 percent to $21.77 million. Imports rose 536.99 percent to $5.67 million.

Kenya ranked No. 95 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 101.

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 Kenya by value through August were the categories of Civilian aircraft, parts; Wheat; Polymers of vinyl chloride; Plastics; and Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons, respectively. They accounted for 40.15 percent of total exports to Kenya.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Kenya –– Men’s or boys’ slacks, suits, not knit; Women’s or girls’ suits, not knit; Sweaters, pullovers, vests, knit or crocheted; Titanium Ores and Concentrates 2614; and Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. –– accounted for 58.46 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Civilian aircraft, parts fell 42.22 percent compared to last year to $37.93 million.
  • Wheat rose 920.73 percent compared to last year to $26.85 million.
  • Polymers of vinyl chloride rose 6.84 percent compared to last year to $19.63 million.
  • Plastics rose 1039.32 percent compared to last year to $16.53 million.
  • Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons totaled $13.22 million. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.

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

  • Men’s or boys’ slacks, suits, not knit rose 31.91 percent compared to last year to $107.77 million.
  • Women’s or girls’ suits, not knit rose 15.36 percent compared to last year to $51.45 million.
  • Sweaters, pullovers, vests, knit or crocheted rose 19.02 percent compared to last year to $39.83 million.
  • Titanium Ores and Concentrates 2614 totaled $31.95 million. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.
  • Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. fell 21.96 percent compared to last year to $31.26 million.

In the latest annual figures available, Kenya recorded $1.03 billion in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its were New York City; Houston; Charleston; Chicago; and Atlanta/Savannah. Total U.S. exports to Kenya were $ 455.5 million and imports from Kenya were $574.03 million. The U.S. deficit with Kenya was $118.53 million.