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El Salvador FlagU.S.-El Salvador Trade Facts

El Salvador is currently our 60th largest goods trading partner with $5.6 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2013. Goods exports totaled $3.2 billion; Goods imports totaled $2.4 billion. The U.S. goods trade surplus with El Salvador was $731 million in 2013.

Exports

El Salvador was the United States' 53rd largest goods export market in 2013.

U.S. goods exports to El Salvador in 2013 were $3.2 billion, up 2.3% ($72 million) from 2012, and up 74% from 2003. U.S. exports to El Salvador are up 71% from 2005 (Pre-FTA).

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2013 were: Mineral Fuel (oil) ($497 million),), Special Other (articles donated for relief, and low value shipments) ($276 million), Aircraft ($247 million), Machinery ($221 million), and Knit, Crocheted Fabrics ($192 million).

U.S. exports of agricultural products to El Salvador totaled $472 million in 2013. Leading categories include: soybean meal ($78 million), wheat ($72 million), corn ($60 million), cotton ($54 million), and prepared food ($38 million). 

Imports

El Salvador was the United States' 64th largest supplier of goods imports in 2013.

U.S. goods imports from El Salvador totaled $2.4 billion in 2013, down 5.8% ($150 million) from 2012, but up 21% from 2003. U.S. imports from El Salvador are up 23% from 2005 (Pre-FTA).

The five largest import categories in 2013 were: Knit Apparel ($1.6 billion), Woven Apparel ($273 million), Spices, Coffee, Tea (mainly coffee) ($91 million), Sugars ($79 million), and Special other (returns) ($66 million).

U.S. imports of agricultural products from El Salvador totaled $251 million in 2013. Leading categories include: coffee (unroasted) ($90 million), and raw beet and cane sugar ($42 million).

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with El Salvador was $731 million in 2013, a 44% increase ($222 million) over 2012.  

Investment

U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in El Salvador (stock) was $2.7 billion in 2012 (latest data available), a 2.5 percent increase from 2011.

There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in El Salvador.

El Salvador FDI in the United States (stock) was not available in 2012.


*NOTE: No services trade data with El Salvador is available.

4/18/14