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Lesotho

Lesotho ranked No. 138 in total trade value through July with a total of $180.34 million. Exports totaled $326,762 and Imports totaled $180.01 million, a deficit of $179.69 million.

January – July 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $180.34 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Newark $74,872,980
2Port of Charleston $48,596,976
3Port of Houston $20,630,184
4John F. Kennedy International Airport $13,584,342
5Port of Virginia $8,751,234
6Chicago O’Hare International Airport $4,510,642
7Los Angeles International Airport $1,960,420
8Port of New York $1,277,838
9Brownsville International Bridges $1,045,251
10Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport $993,860

U.S. trade with Lesotho rose to $180.34 million through July

Lesotho’s trade with the United States rose to $180.34 million through the first seven months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 27.64 percent below its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to Lesotho decreased 82.04 percent while U.S. imports from Lesotho fell 27.24 percent. The U.S. deficit with Lesotho was $179.69 million.

Through July, the top five among the nation’s airports, seaports and border crossings were No. 1 Port of Newark; No. 2 Port of Charleston; No. 3 Port of Houston; No. 4 John F. Kennedy International Airport; and No. 5 Port of Virginia. During the same period the previous year, the top five were No. 1 Port of Newark No. 2 John F. Kennedy International Airport No. 3 Port of Charleston No. 4 Los Angeles International Airport and No. 5 Port of Houston. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 92.29 percent of Lesotho’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Newark rose 3.21 percent to $74.87 million.
    There were no exports. Imports rose 3.23 percent to $74.87 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Charleston fell 12.1 percent to $48.6 million.
    There were no exports. Imports fell 12.06 percent to $48.6 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Houston rose 73.71 percent to $20.63 million.
    There were no exports. Imports rose 73.71 percent to $20.63 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 John F. Kennedy International Airport fell 80.56 percent to $13.58 million.
    There were no exports. Imports fell 80.39 percent to $13.58 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of Virginia fell 24.79 percent to $8.75 million.
    There were no exports. Imports fell 24.79 percent to $8.75 million.

Lesotho ranked No. 138 among the United States’ top trade partners through the current period. In the same period one year ago, it ranked No. 128.

Meanwhile, total U.S. trade with the world increased to $2.41 trillion, down 0.06 percent compared to the same period last year. The nation’s exports dropped 0.71 percent to $956.44 billion; imports climbed 0.38 percent to $1.45 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 $498.31 billion, up compared to the same period of last year when the deficit was $485.95 billion.

The top five U.S. exports to Lesotho by value through July were the categories of Computers; Machines Etc For Testing Mech Prop of Materia 9024; Breathing Appliances & Gas Masks Nesoi; Parts 9020; Civilian aircraft, parts; and Books, brochures, respectively. They accounted for 82.54 percent of total exports to Lesotho.

The value of the top five categories of U.S. imports from Lesotho –– Women’s or girls’ suits, knit or crocheted; Men’s or boys’ slacks, suits, not knit; T-shirts, tank tops, knit or crocheted; Men’s or boys’ shirts, knitted or crocheted; and Diamonds, not mounted –– accounted for 73.71 percent of all inbound shipments.

Looking more closely at U.S. exports to Lesotho:

  • Computers fell 49.27 percent compared to last year to $112,799.
  • Machines Etc For Testing Mech Prop of Materia 9024 totaled $72,307. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Breathing Appliances & Gas Masks Nesoi; Parts 9020 totaled $37,721. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 196.72 percent compared to last year to $23,898.
  • Books, brochures totaled $23,000. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.

Looking more closely at U.S. imports from Lesotho:

  • Women’s or girls’ suits, knit or crocheted rose 7.54 percent compared to last year to $51.56 million.
  • Men’s or boys’ slacks, suits, not knit fell 14.48 percent compared to last year to $34.1 million.
  • T-shirts, tank tops, knit or crocheted rose 116.74 percent compared to last year to $17.8 million.
  • Men’s or boys’ shirts, knitted or crocheted fell 21.39 percent compared to last year to $17.3 million.
  • Diamonds, not mounted fell 85.35 percent compared to last year to $11.93 million.

In the latest annual figures available, Lesotho recorded $310.51 million in trade with the United States. At year’s end, its were New York City; Charleston; Atlanta/Savannah; Houston; and Norfolk. Total U.S. exports to Lesotho were $ 1.9 million and imports from Lesotho were $308.61 million. The U.S. deficit with Lesotho was $306.7 million.