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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone ranked No. 168 in total trade value through July with a total of $64.29 million. Exports totaled $48.26 million and Imports totaled $16.03 million, a surplus of $32.24 million.

January – July 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $64.29 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Charleston $11,065,298
2Port of Savannah, Ga. $6,749,625
3Port of Baltimore, Md. $5,877,754
4Port of New York $5,814,865
5Port Laredo $5,738,453
6Port of Houston $4,183,001
7Port of Virginia $3,893,953
8Port of Newark $3,111,828
9Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport $2,245,024
10Port of Los Angeles $2,238,341

U.S. trade with Sierra Leone rose to $64.29 million through July

Sierra Leone’s trade with the United States rose to $64.29 million through the first seven months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 11.02 percent below its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to Sierra Leone increased 25.46 percent while U.S. imports from Sierra Leone fell 52.56 percent. The U.S. surplus with Sierra Leone was $32.24 million.

Through July, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Port of Charleston; No. 2 Port of Savannah, Ga.; No. 3 Port of Baltimore, Md.; No. 4 Port of New York; and No. 5 Port Laredo. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port Laredo No. 2 Port of Charleston No. 3 Port of New York No. 4 Port of Baltimore, Md. and No. 5 Port of New Orleans. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 54.83 percent of Sierra Leone’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Charleston fell 14.67 percent to $11.07 million.
    Exports fell 5.29 percent to $11.02 million. Imports fell 96.72 percent to $43,633.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Savannah, Ga. rose 107.48 percent to $6.75 million.
    Exports rose 159.94 percent to $6.74 million. Imports fell 98.4 percent to $10,593.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Baltimore, Md. rose 4.99 percent to $5.88 million.
    Exports rose 4.22 percent to $5.41 million. Imports rose 14.71 percent to $469,590.
  • Trade with No. 4 Port of New York fell 4.84 percent to $5.81 million.
    Exports fell 5.03 percent to $5.77 million. Imports rose 32.48 percent to $40,617.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port Laredo fell 60.37 percent to $5.74 million.
    There were no exports. Imports fell 60.37 percent to $5.74 million.

Sierra Leone ranked No. 168 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 164.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $2.41 trillion, down 0.06 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 0.71 percent to $956.44 billion; imports climbed 0.38 percent to $1.45 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 $498.31 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $485.95 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Sierra Leone by value through July were the categories of Sauces and preparations; mixed condiments; Motor vehicles for transporting people; Rice; Cigars, cigarettes; and Motor vehicle parts, respectively. They accounted for 51.32 percent of total exports to Sierra Leone.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Sierra Leone –– Compressors and pumps; Value added to a returned import; Diamonds, not mounted; Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets; and Refrigerators, freezers –– accounted for 65.5 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports to Sierra Leone:

  • Sauces and preparations; mixed condiments fell 2 percent compared to last year to $11.95 million.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 3.19 percent compared to last year to $4.69 million.
  • Rice rose 3825.56 percent compared to last year to $3.86 million.
  • Cigars, cigarettes totaled $2.17 million. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Motor vehicle parts rose 3.62 percent compared to last year to $2.1 million.

Looking more closely at U.S. imports from Sierra Leone:

  • Compressors and pumps fell 59.87 percent compared to last year to $5.75 million.
  • Value added to a returned import rose 2890.74 percent compared to last year to $2.79 million.
  • Diamonds, not mounted fell 56.14 percent compared to last year to $1.05 million.
  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 1950.97 percent compared to last year to $478,800.
  • Refrigerators, freezers rose 5608.54 percent compared to last year to $428,540.

In the latest annual figures available, Sierra Leone recorded $125.85 million in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its were New York City; Charleston; Baltimore; New Orleans; and Atlanta/Savannah. Total U.S. exports to Sierra Leone were $ 79.32 million and imports from Sierra Leone were $46.53 million. The U.S. surplus with Sierra Leone was $32.79 million.