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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone ranked No. 158 in total trade value through February with a total of $22.3 million. Exports totaled $16.39 million and Imports totaled $5.92 million, a surplus of $10.47 million.

January – February 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $22.3 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Charleston $5,026,760
2Port Laredo $2,764,739
3Port of Virginia $2,026,013
4Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport $2,024,055
5Port of Savannah, Ga. $1,849,617
6Port of Baltimore, Md. $1,389,237
7Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C., Va. $1,310,678
8Port of Houston $1,276,469
9Port of New York $1,120,132
10Port of Newark $646,057

U.S. trade with Sierra Leone rose to $22.3 million through February

Sierra Leone’s trade with the United States rose to $22.3 million through the first two months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 23.29 percent above its total trade during the same time period last year. Sierra Leone’s exports increased 57.92 percent while imports fell 23.3 percent. The U.S. surplus with Sierra Leone was $10.47 million.

Through February, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Port of Charleston; No. 2 Port Laredo; No. 3 Port of Virginia; No. 4 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; and No. 5 Port of Savannah, Ga.. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Charleston No. 2 Port Laredo No. 3 Port of New York No. 4 Port of Baltimore, Md. and No. 5 Port of Newark. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 61.38 percent of Sierra Leone’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Charleston rose 10.04 percent to $5.03 million.
    Exports rose 50.85 percent to $5.01 million. Imports fell 98.49 percent to $18,796.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port Laredo fell 26.86 percent to $2.76 million.
    There were no exports. Imports fell 26.86 percent to $2.76 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Virginia rose 277.68 percent to $2.03 million.
    Exports rose 309.96 percent to $1.9 million. Imports rose 71.75 percent to $124,850.
  • Trade with No. 4 Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport rose 2192.85 percent to $2.02 million.
    Exports fell 86.64 percent to $10,099. Imports rose 15784 percent to $2.01 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of Savannah, Ga. rose 122.68 percent to $1.85 million.
    Exports rose 123.97 percent to $1.85 million. There were no imports.

Sierra Leone ranked No. 158 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 $650.55 billion, up 1.11 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports climbed 2.61 percent to $260.05 billion; imports climbed 0.14 percent to $390.5 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 $130.45 billion, down compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $136.53 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Sierra Leone by value through February were the categories of Sauces and preparations; mixed condiments; Rice; Computers; Motor vehicles for transporting people; and Motor vehicle parts, respectively. They accounted for 66.48 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; Medical technology; Transmission shafts, bearings, gears; and Salvage –– accounted for 87.65 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • Sauces and preparations; mixed condiments rose 58.13 percent compared to last year to $5.34 million.
  • Rice rose 1858 percent compared to last year to $1.93 million.
  • Computers rose 1429.16 percent compared to last year to $1.61 million.
  • Motor vehicles for transporting people rose 7.61 percent compared to last year to $1.1 million.
  • Motor vehicle parts rose 140.31 percent compared to last year to $920,235.

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

  • Compressors and pumps fell 23.3 percent compared to last year to $2.88 million.
  • Value added to a returned import rose 9577.73 percent compared to last year to $2 million.
  • Medical technology rose 448.1 percent compared to last year to $118,696.
  • Transmission shafts, bearings, gears totaled $102,065. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.
  • Salvage fell 10.41 percent compared to last year to $80,758.

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.