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U.S.-Brunei Trade Facts

The United States and Brunei engage closely on trade and investment issues, including under our 2002 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.

Brunei currently has FTAs with Japan, China, Korea, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, and other ASEAN countries.  Brunei also is participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the 16-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations.

U.S. goods and services trade with Brunei totaled an estimated $706 million in 2016. Exports were $684 million; imports were $23 million. The U.S. goods and services trade surplus with Brunei was $661 million in 2016.

Brunei is currently our 107th largest goods trading partner with $628 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $615 million; goods imports totaled $14 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Brunei was $601 million in 2016.

Trade in services with Brunei (exports and imports) totaled an estimated $78 million in 2016. Services exports were $69 million; services imports were $9 million. The U.S. services trade surplus with Brunei was $60 million in 2016.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods and services to Brunei supported an estimated 1 thousand jobs in 2015 (latest data available) (7 hundred supported by goods exports and 5 hundred supported by services exports).

Exports

  • Brunei was the United States' 92nd largest goods export market in 2016.

  • U.S. goods exports to Brunei in 2016 were $615 million, up 360.6% ($481 million) from 2015 and up 1,181.6% from 2006.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: aircraft ($520 million), machinery ($33 million), electrical machinery ($21 million), special other (low value estimates) ($9 million), and optical and medical instruments ($6 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Brunei totaled $6 million in 2016. Leading domestic export categories include: processed vegetables ($1 million), snack foods ($1 million), chocolate & cocoa products ($706 thousand), prepared food ($445 thousand), and fresh fruit ($431 thousand).

  • U.S. exports of services to Brunei were an estimated $69 million in 2016, 10.4% ($8 million) less than 2015.  Leading services exports from the U.S. to Brunei were in the financial services, maintenance and repair services, and intellectual property (industrial processes) sectors.

Imports

  • Brunei was the United States' 166th largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

  • U.S. goods imports from Brunei totaled $14 million in 2016, down 29.1% ($6 million) from 2015, and down 97.5% from 2006.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: special other (returns) ($8 million), knit apparel ($4 million), toys and sports equipment ($304 thousand), woven apparel ($260 thousand), and fish and seafood (crustaceans) ($240 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Brunei totaled $121 thousand in 2016. 

  • U.S. imports of services to Brunei were an estimated $9 million in 2016, 10.0% ($1 million) less than 2015.  Leading services imports from Brunei to the U.S. were in the travel, travel, and transportation sectors.

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Brunei was $601 million in 2016, a 427.0% increase ($487 million) over 2015.

  • The United States has a services trade surplus of an estimated $60 million with Brunei in 2016, down 7.7% from 2015.

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Brunei (stock) was $30 million in 2016, a 36.4% increase from 2015. 

  • No data on Brunei's FDI in the U.S. are available. 

  • Sales of services in Brunei by majority U.S.-owned affiliates were $100 million in 2015 (latest data available).