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U.S.-El Salvador Trade Facts
El Salvador is currently our 57th largest goods trading partner with $5.8 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2015. Goods exports totaled $3.3 billion; goods imports totaled $2.5 billion. The U.S. goods trade surplus with El Salvador was $718 million in 2015.
According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to El Salvador supported an estimated 14 thousand jobs in 2014 (latest data available).
- El Salvador was the United States' 51st largest goods export market in 2015.
- U.S. goods exports to El Salvador in 2015 were $3.3 billion, down 1.4% ($46 million) from 2014 but up 76% from 2005. U.S. exports to El Salvador are up 75.7% from 2005 (pre-FTA).
- The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: mineral fuels ($568 million), special other (articles donated for relief, low value estimates) ($291 million), aircraft ($249 million), machinery ($245 million), and electrical machinery ($205 million).
- U.S. exports of agricultural products to El Salvador totaled $500 million in 2015, our 38th largest agricultural export market. Leading categories include: corn ($97 million), soybean meal ($73 million), wheat ($57 million), prepared food ($37 million), and cotton ($33 million).
- El Salvador was the United States' 61st largest supplier of goods imports in 2015.
- U.S. goods imports from El Salvador totaled $2.5 billion in 2015, up 6.0% ($145 million) from 2014, and up 28% from 2005. U.S. imports from El Salvador are up 27.7% from 2005 (pre-FTA). U.S. imports from El Salvador are up 27.7% from 2005 (pre-FTA).
- The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: knit apparel ($1.7 billion), woven apparel ($264 million), special other (returns) ($106 million), sugar ($90 million), and coffee, tea & spice (coffee) ($76 million).
- U.S. imports of agricultural products from El Salvador totaled $250 million in 2015. Leading categories include: coffee, unroasted ($75 million), raw beet & cane sugar ($57 million), sugars, sweeteners, bev bases ($33 million), snack foods ($19 million), and nursery products ($12 million).
- The U.S. goods trade surplus with El Salvador was $718 million in 2015, a 21.0% decrease ($191 million) over 2014.
- U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in El Salvador (stock) was $2.8 billion in 2014 (latest data available, a 1.9% decrease from 2013. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in El Salvador.
- No data on El Salvador's FDI in the U.S. are available.
NOTE: No services trade data with El Salvador are available.