Western Sahara

Western Sahara ranked No. 197 in total trade value in 2019 with a total of $21.47 million. Exports totaled $21.2 million and Imports totaled $268,391, a surplus of $20.93 million.

U.S. trade with Western Sahara rose to $21.47 million in 2019

Western Sahara’s trade with the United States rose to $21.47 million in 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 6049.76 percent above its total trade of 2018. U.S. exports to Western Sahara increased 8053.33 percent while U.S. imports from Western Sahara rose 201.33 percent. The U.S. surplus with Western Sahara was $20.93 million.

Through December 2019, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Port of Houston; No. 2 Port of Freeport, Texas; No. 3 Port of Philadelphia; No. 4 Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C., Va.; and No. 5 Low-Valued Imports and Exports. In 2018, the top five were No. 1 John F. Kennedy International Airport No. 2 Port of Los Angeles No. 3 Port of Philadelphia No. 4 Low-Valued Imports and Exports and No. 5 Low Value. In 2019, the top five accounted for 99.96 percent of Western Sahara’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Houston totaled $8.21 million.
    Exports totaled $8.21 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Freeport, Texas totaled $7.56 million.
    Exports totaled $7.56 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Philadelphia rose 56263 percent to $5.22 million.
    Exports totaled $5.22 million. There were no imports.
  • Trade with No. 4 Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C., Va. totaled $258,837.
    There were no exports. Imports totaled $258,837.
  • Trade with No. 5 Low-Valued Imports and Exports rose 5313.55 percent to $212,157.
    Exports rose 5313.55 percent to $212,157. There were no imports.

Western Sahara ranked No. 197 among the United States’ top trade partners in 2019. In 2018, it ranked No. 230.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world decreased to $4.14 trillion, down 1.37 percent compared to 2018. The nation’s exports dropped 1.13 percent to $1.65 trillion; imports dropped 1.53 percent to $2.5 trillion. The nation’s top five countries for 2019, by value, were Mexico; Canada; China; Japan and Germany. The overall trade deficit was $853.23 billion, down compared to 2018 when the deficit was $873.19 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Western Sahara by value through December 2019 were the categories of Acyclic hydrocarbons; Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons; and Low value shipments, respectively. They accounted for 100 percent of total exports to Western Sahara.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Western Sahara –– Value added to a returned import; Salvage; and Compressors and pumps –– accounted for 100 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports to Western Sahara:

  • Acyclic hydrocarbons totaled $15.76 million. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Petroleum gases, other gaseous hydrocarbons totaled $5.22 million. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Low value shipments rose 5313.55 percent compared to last year to $212,157.

Looking more closely at U.S. imports from Western Sahara:

  • Value added to a returned import totaled $261,045. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.
  • Salvage rose 262.3 percent compared to last year to $4,152.
  • Compressors and pumps totaled $3,194. The previous year, there were no imports in this category.

In 2018 annual figures available, Western Sahara recorded $349,057 in trade with the United States. Total U.S. exports to Western Sahara were $259,989 and imports from Western Sahara were $89,068. The U.S. surplus with Western Sahara was $170,921.