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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone ranked No. 164 in total trade value through May with a total of $52.96 million. Exports totaled $39.28 million and Imports totaled $13.69 million, a surplus of $25.59 million.

January – May 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $52.96 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Charleston $8,889,598
2Port of Savannah, Ga. $6,132,377
3Port Laredo $5,738,453
4Port of New York $4,699,722
5Port of Baltimore, Md. $4,212,116
6Port of Houston $3,632,346
7Port of Virginia $3,431,158
8Port of Newark $2,154,129
9Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport $2,151,950
10Port of Los Angeles $1,584,915

U.S. trade with Sierra Leone rose to $52.96 million through May

Sierra Leone’s trade with the United States rose to $52.96 million through the first five months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 6.36 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to Sierra Leone increased 33.65 percent while U.S. imports from Sierra Leone fell 32.95 percent. The U.S. surplus with Sierra Leone was $25.59 million.

Through May, 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 New York; and No. 5 Port of Baltimore, Md.. 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 Newark. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 56.02 percent of Sierra Leone’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Charleston fell 21.66 percent to $8.89 million.
    Exports fell 11.6 percent to $8.86 million. Imports fell 98.05 percent to $25,715.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Savannah, Ga. rose 251.73 percent to $6.13 million.
    Exports rose 334.4 percent to $6.12 million. Imports fell 96.83 percent to $10,593.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port Laredo fell 45.05 percent to $5.74 million.
    There were no exports. Imports fell 45.05 percent to $5.74 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 Port of New York rose 10.44 percent to $4.7 million.
    Exports rose 9.74 percent to $4.66 million. Imports rose 322.74 percent to $40,617.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of Baltimore, Md. fell 8.35 percent to $4.21 million.
    Exports fell 1.57 percent to $4.18 million. Imports fell 91.18 percent to $30,665.

Sierra Leone ranked No. 164 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 167.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $1.71 trillion, up 0.56 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 0.12 percent to $685.55 billion; imports climbed 0.86 percent to $1.03 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 $342.77 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $334.82 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Sierra Leone by value through May 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 52.72 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 Gold –– accounted for 75.12 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Sauces and preparations; mixed condiments fell 9.31 percent compared to last year to $9.58 million.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 16.62 percent compared to last year to $3.66 million.
  • Rice rose 3493.38 percent compared to last year to $3.53 million.
  • Cigars, cigarettes totaled $2.17 million. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Motor vehicle parts rose 23.31 percent compared to last year to $1.75 million.

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

  • Compressors and pumps fell 44.13 percent compared to last year to $5.75 million.
  • Value added to a returned import rose 3226.17 percent compared to last year to $2.76 million.
  • Diamonds, not mounted fell 53.28 percent compared to last year to $973,854.
  • Medical instruments for surgeons, dentists, vets rose 3473.13 percent compared to last year to $478,800.
  • Gold rose 160.46 percent compared to last year to $315,000.

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.