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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone ranked No. 159 in total trade value through March with a total of $35.29 million. Exports totaled $25.94 million and Imports totaled $9.35 million, a surplus of $16.58 million.

January – March 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $35.29 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Charleston $6,561,357
2Port of Savannah, Ga. $4,650,230
3Port Laredo $4,521,340
4Port of Baltimore, Md. $2,462,285
5Port of Virginia $2,282,701
6Port of New York $2,248,028
7Port of Houston $2,178,196
8Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport $2,127,180
9Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C., Va. $1,324,860
10Port of Newark $1,135,155

U.S. trade with Sierra Leone rose to $35.29 million through March

Sierra Leone’s trade with the United States rose to $35.29 million through the first three months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 19.24 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. Sierra Leone’s exports increased 40.33 percent while imports fell 15.85 percent. The U.S. surplus with Sierra Leone was $16.58 million.

Through March, 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 Laredo; No. 4 Port of Baltimore, Md.; and No. 5 Port of Virginia. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Charleston No. 2 Port Laredo No. 3 Port of Baltimore, Md. No. 4 Port of New York and No. 5 Port of Houston. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 58.03 percent of Sierra Leone’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Charleston fell 3.44 percent to $6.56 million.
    Exports rose 18.83 percent to $6.54 million. Imports fell 98.52 percent to $19,104.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Savannah, Ga. rose 343.89 percent to $4.65 million.
    Exports rose 345.92 percent to $4.65 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port Laredo fell 26.23 percent to $4.52 million.
    There were no exports. Imports fell 26.23 percent to $4.52 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Port of Baltimore, Md. fell 21.2 percent to $2.46 million.
    Exports fell 17.99 percent to $2.43 million. Imports fell 80.8 percent to $30,665.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of Virginia rose 126.99 percent to $2.28 million.
    Exports rose 130.1 percent to $2.15 million. Imports rose 87.15 percent to $136,043.

Sierra Leone ranked No. 159 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 166.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $1.01 trillion, up 0.65 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 1.42 percent to $408.22 billion; imports climbed 0.13 percent to $598.47 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 $190.25 billion, down compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $195.16 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Sierra Leone by value through March were the categories of Sauces and preparations; mixed condiments; Rice; Cigars, cigarettes; Motor vehicles for transporting people; and Computers, respectively. They accounted for 58.03 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; Cocoa Beans; Medical technology; and Salvage –– accounted for 82.64 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Sauces and preparations; mixed condiments rose 20.84 percent compared to last year to $6.94 million.
  • Rice rose 2223.4 percent compared to last year to $2.28 million.
  • Cigars, cigarettes totaled $2.17 million. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 11.83 percent compared to last year to $2.03 million.
  • Computers rose 1277.94 percent compared to last year to $1.63 million.

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

  • Compressors and pumps fell 25.11 percent compared to last year to $4.54 million.
  • Value added to a returned import rose 7766.48 percent compared to last year to $2.66 million.
  • Cocoa Beans totaled $268,060. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.
  • Medical technology rose 205.58 percent compared to last year to $132,564.
  • Salvage fell 5.04 percent compared to last year to $129,768.

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.