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Lesotho

Lesotho ranked No. 138 in total trade value through May with a total of $126.73 million. Exports totaled $195,319 and Imports totaled $126.53 million, a deficit of $126.34 million.

January – May 2019

Top Trading Ports

Total Trade: $126.73 million

RankPortTotal YTD
1Port of Newark $56,465,840
2Port of Charleston $29,500,666
3Port of Houston $14,343,796
4John F. Kennedy International Airport $13,275,147
5Port of Virginia $4,114,600
6Chicago O’Hare International Airport $2,170,276
7Port of New York $1,056,887
8Los Angeles International Airport $1,043,363
9Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport $915,295
10Brownsville International Bridges $859,509

U.S. trade with Lesotho rose to $126.73 million through May

Lesotho’s trade with the United States rose to $126.73 million through the first five months of 2019, according to a WorldCity analysis of latest U.S. Census Bureau data. That’s 32.44 percent below its total trade during the same time period last year. U.S. exports to Lesotho increased 3.03 percent while U.S. imports from Lesotho fell 32.47 percent. The U.S. deficit with Lesotho was $126.34 million.

Through May, 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 John F. Kennedy International Airport No. 2 Port of Newark No. 3 Port of Charleston No. 4 Port of Virginia and No. 5 Port of Houston. In the current time period, the top five accounted for 92.88 percent of Lesotho’s U.S. trade.

Among those top five:

  • Trade with No. 1 Port of Newark rose 10.61 percent to $56.47 million.
    There were no exports. Imports rose 10.61 percent to $56.47 million.
  • Trade with No. 2 Port of Charleston fell 22.59 percent to $29.5 million.
    There were no exports. Imports fell 22.54 percent to $29.5 million.
  • Trade with No. 3 Port of Houston rose 76.8 percent to $14.34 million.
    There were no exports. Imports rose 76.8 percent to $14.34 million.
  • Trade with No. 4 John F. Kennedy International Airport fell 79.77 percent to $13.28 million.
    There were no exports. Imports fell 79.76 percent to $13.28 million.
  • Trade with No. 5 Port of Virginia fell 53.51 percent to $4.11 million.
    There were no exports. Imports fell 53.51 percent to $4.11 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. 127.

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 Lesotho by value through May were the categories of Machines Etc For Testing Mech Prop of Materia 9024; Breathing Appliances & Gas Masks Nesoi; Parts 9020; Books, brochures; Computers; and Civilian aircraft, parts, respectively. They accounted for 84.46 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; Men’s or boys’ shirts, knitted or crocheted; T-shirts, tank tops, knit or crocheted; and Diamonds, not mounted –– accounted for 73.98 percent of all inbound shipments.

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

  • 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.
  • Books, brochures totaled $23,000. The previous year, there were no exports in this category.
  • Computers fell 65.6 percent compared to last year to $18,910.
  • Civilian aircraft, parts rose 61.71 percent compared to last year to $13,024.

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

  • Women’s or girls’ suits, knit or crocheted fell 8.93 percent compared to last year to $31.35 million.
  • Men’s or boys’ slacks, suits, not knit fell 16.56 percent compared to last year to $20.93 million.
  • Men’s or boys’ shirts, knitted or crocheted fell 20.18 percent compared to last year to $14.84 million.
  • T-shirts, tank tops, knit or crocheted rose 134.88 percent compared to last year to $14.62 million.
  • Diamonds, not mounted fell 83.26 percent compared to last year to $11.87 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.