Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone ranked No. 155 in total trade value through March with a total of $32.15 million. Exports totaled $16.65 million and Imports totaled $15.5 million, a surplus of $1.15 million.

U.S. trade with Sierra Leone rose to $32.15 million through March

Sierra Leone’s trade with the United States rose to $32.15 million through the first three months of 2020, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 8.91 percent below its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to Sierra Leone decreased 35.82 percent while U.S. imports from Sierra Leone rose 65.71 percent. The U.S. surplus with Sierra Leone was $1.15 million.

Through March, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 John F. Kennedy International Airport; No. 2 Port of Greater Baton Rouge, La.; No. 3 Port of New York; No. 4 Port of Baltimore, Md.; and No. 5 Port of Charleston. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Charleston No. 2 Port of Savannah, Ga. No. 3 Port Laredo No. 4 Port of Baltimore, Md. and No. 5 Port of Virginia. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 67.6 percent of Sierra Leone’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 John F. Kennedy International Airport rose 2972.19 percent to $9.01 million.
    Exports fell 47.79 percent to $93,439. Imports rose 7694.28 percent to $8.92 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Greater Baton Rouge, La. totaled $3.95 million.
    There were no exports. Imports totaled $3.95 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of New York rose 47 percent to $3.3 million.
    Exports rose 49.7 percent to $3.3 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 4 Port of Baltimore, Md. rose 34.17 percent to $3.3 million.
    Exports rose 31.12 percent to $3.19 million. Imports rose 276.29 percent to $115,388.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of Charleston fell 67.2 percent to $2.15 million.
    Exports fell 67.48 percent to $2.13 million. Imports rose 31.03 percent to $25,032.

Sierra Leone ranked No. 155 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 159.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $964.77 billion, down 4.16 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 3.07 percent to $395.69 billion; imports dropped 4.91 percent to $569.09 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 $173.4 billion, down compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $190.25 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Sierra Leone by value through March were the categories of Passenger vehicles; Sauces and preparations; mixed condiments; Chicken and other poultry; Returned exports, with change; and Plastic tableware and other products, respectively. They accounted for 57.7 percent of total exports to Sierra Leone.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Sierra Leone –– Diamonds, not mounted; Aluminum ores and concentrates; Electrical resistors, except heating resistors; Hops; and Estimates of low-value imports –– accounted for 93.42 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Passenger vehicles rose 67.12 percent compared to last year to $3.38 million.
  • Sauces and preparations; mixed condiments fell 59.87 percent compared to last year to $2.79 million.
  • Chicken and other poultry rose 29.08 percent compared to last year to $1.49 million.
  • Returned exports, with change rose 365.4 percent compared to last year to $1.2 million.
  • Plastic tableware and other products rose 360.69 percent compared to last year to $751,839.

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

  • Diamonds, not mounted rose 8283.29 percent compared to last year to $9.02 million.
  • Aluminum ores and concentrates totaled $4.18 million. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.
  • Electrical resistors, except heating resistors totaled $725,122. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.
  • Hops rose 1317.21 percent compared to last year to $393,631.
  • Estimates of low-value imports rose 20.39 percent compared to last year to $156,234.

In the latest annual figures available, Sierra Leone recorded $108.64 million in trade with the United States. Total U.S. exports to Sierra Leone were $ 78.36 million and imports from Sierra Leone were $30.27 million. The U.S. surplus with Sierra Leone was $48.09 million.