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U.S.-Qatar Trade Facts

Qatar is currently our 55th largest goods trading partner with $6.1 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $4.9 billion; goods imports totaled $1.2 billion. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Qatar was $3.8 billion in 2016.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of Goods to Qatar supported an estimated 20 thousand jobs in 2015 (latest data available).

Exports

  • Qatar was the United States' 40th largest goods export market in 2016.

  • U.S. goods exports to Qatar in 2016 were $4.9 billion, up 16.7% ($703 million) from 2015 and up 285.2% from 2006.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: aircraft ($3.3 billion), machinery ($374 million), vehicles ($363 million), special other (repairs, low value shipments) ($144 million), and electrical machinery ($139 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Qatar totaled $81 million in 2016. Leading domestic export categories include: poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($21 million), beef & beef products ($12 million), dairy products ($6 million), snack foods nesoi ($6 million), and prepared food ($5 million).

Imports

  • Qatar was the United States' 72nd largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

  • U.S. goods imports from Qatar totaled $1.2 billion in 2016, down 14.3% ($194 million) from 2015, but up 343.2% from 2006.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: mineral fuels ($398 million), aluminum ($301 million), fertilizers ($280 million), special other (returns) ($122 million), and inorganic chemicals (helium) ($47 million).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Qatar totaled $32 thousand in 2016. 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Qatar was $3.8 billion in 2016, a 31.3% increase ($897 million) over 2015.

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Qatar (stock) was $8.7 billion in 2016, a 9.1% increase from 2015. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Qatar.

  • Qatar's FDI in the United States (stock) was $2.0 billion in 2016. The distribution of Qatar's FDI in the United States is not available.

NOTE: No services trade data with Qatar are available.