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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 2018. Exports were $2.3 billion; imports were $2.7 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade deficit with Jordan was $360 million in 2018.

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 $232 million in 2018.

Trade in services with Jordan (exports and imports) totaled an estimated $1.6 billion in 2018. Services exports were $721 million; services imports were $849 million. The U.S. services trade deficit with Jordan was $128 million in 2018.

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' 68th largest goods export market in 2018.

  • U.S. goods exports to Jordan in 2018 were $1.6 billion, down 17.7% ($339 million) from 2017 but up 68.2% from 2008. U.S. exports to Jordan are up 367% from 2001 (pre-FTA).

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: vehicles ($555 million), mineral fuels ($205 million), aircraft ($118 million), arms and ammunition ($95 million), and electrical machinery ($83 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Jordan totaled $202 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 $721 million in 2018, 5.4% ($41 million) less than 2017, but 53.1% greater than 2008 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% ($127 million) from 2017, and up 59.5% 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) ($106 million), special other (returns) ($70 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 $849 million in 2018, 28.8% ($190 million) more than 2017, and 108% greater than 2008 levels.  Leading services imports from Jordan to the U.S. were in the travel, transport, 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 $232 million in 2018.

  • The United States has a services trade deficit of an estimated $128 million with Jordan in 2018, down 224.3% from 2017.

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 $57 million in 20 (latest data available), while sales of services in the United States by majority Jordan-owned firms were $2 million.