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U.S.-Jordan Trade Facts

The United States-Jordan Free Trade Agreement was signed on October 24, 2000. It was America's third free trade agreement, and the first ever with an Arab state. Under the terms of the agreement, which entered into force on December 17, 2001, the United States and Jordan agreed to phased tariff reductions culminating in the complete elimination of duties on nearly all products by 2010.

U.S. goods and services trade with Jordan totaled an estimated $5.0 billion in 2017 (latest data available). Exports were $2.7 billion; imports were $2.4 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade surplus with Jordan was $328 million in 2017.

Jordan is currently our 71st largest goods trading partner with $3.4 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $1.6 billion; goods imports totaled $1.8 billion. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Jordan was $207 million in 2018.

Trade in services with Jordan (exports and imports) totaled an estimated $1.4 billion in 2017 (latest data available). Services exports were $760 million; services imports were $666 million. The U.S. services trade surplus with Jordan was $94 million in 2017 (latest data available).

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods and services to Jordan supported an estimated 11 thousand jobs in 2015 (latest data available) (7 thousand supported by goods exports and 5 thousand supported by services exports).

Exports

  • Jordan was the United States' 67th largest goods export market in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods exports to Jordan in 2018 were $1.6 billion, down 16.4% ($314 million) from 2017 but up 70.8% from 2008. U.S. exports to Jordan are up 374% from 2001 (pre-FTA).
     
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: vehicles ($556 million), mineral fuels ($229 million), aircraft ($118 million), arms and ammunition ($95 million), and electrical machinery ($83 million).
     
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Jordan totaled $203 million in 2018. Leading domestic export categories include: rice ($66 million), tree nuts ($56 million), condiments & sauces ($10 million), prepared food ($9 million), and beef & beef products ($7 million).
     
  • U.S. exports of services to Jordan were an estimated $760 million in 2017 (latest data available), 8.0% ($56 million) more than 2016, and 82.7% greater than 2007 levels. Leading services exports from the U.S. to Jordan were in the travel, transport, and maintenance and repair services sectors.

Imports

  • Jordan was the United States' 67th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods imports from Jordan totaled $1.8 billion in 2018, up 7.5% ($126 million) from 2017, and up 59.4% from 2008. U.S. imports from Jordan are up 692% from 2001 (pre-FTA).
     
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: knit apparel ($1.1 billion), woven apparel ($433 million), precious metal and stone (jewelry) ($107 million), special other (returns) ($71 million), and pharmaceuticals ($45 million).
     
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Jordan totaled $12 million in 2018. Leading categories include: snack foods ($4 million), processed fruit & vegetables ($1 million), roasted & instant coffee ($1 million), spices ($1 million), and planting seeds ($812 thousand).
     
  • U.S. imports of services from Jordan were an estimated $666 million in 2017 (latest data available), 11.9% ($71 million) more than 2016, and 114% greater than 2007 levels. Leading services imports from Jordan to the U.S. were in the transport, travel, and technical and other services sectors.

     

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. trade balance with Jordan shifted from a goods trade surplus of $234 million in 2017 to a goods trade deficit of $207 million in 2018.
     
  • The United States has a services trade surplus of an estimated $94 million with Jordan in 2017 (latest data available), down 13.8% from 2016.

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Jordan (stock) was $232 million in 2017 (latest data available), a 11.0% increase from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Jordan.
     
  • No data on Jordan's FDI in the U.S. are available. There is no information on the distribution of Jordan FDI in the U.S.
     
  • Sales of services in Jordan by majority U.S.-owned affiliates were $56 million in 2016 (latest data available), while sales of services in the United States by majority Jordan-owned firms were $3 million.