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Cameroon

cameroon flagAGOA Status: Cameroon is eligible for AGOA this year. It also qualifies for textile and apparel benefits.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and Cameroon signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) in 1986 that came into force in 1989.

U.S. - Cameroon Trade Facts

Cameroon is currently our 124th largest goods trading partner with $341 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $190 million; goods imports totaled $151 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Cameroon was $39 million in 2016 

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Cameroon supported an estimated 1 thousand jobs in 2015 (latest data available). 

Exports

  • Cameroon was the United States' 128th largest goods export market in2016. 

  • U.S. goods exports to Cameroon in 2016 were $190 million, down 15.6% ($35 million) from 2015 but up 58.1% from 2006.   

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: electrical machinery ($42 million), machinery ($35 million), vehicles ($21 million), special other (articles donated for relief) ($13 million), and cereals (rice) ($11 million). 

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Cameroon totaled $29 million in 2016. Leading domestic export categories include: rice ($7 million), pulses ($6 million), vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($4 million), coarse grains (ex. corn) ($3 million), and prepared food ($1 million). 

Imports

  • Cameroon was the United States' 110th largest supplier of goods imports in 2016. 

  • U.S. goods imports from Cameroon totaled $151 million in 2016, up 14.2% ($19 million) from 2015, but down 44.8% from 2006.   

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: mineral fuels ($67 million), wood and wood products ($26 million), cocoa ($20 million), rubber ($8 million), and special other (returns) ($7 million). 

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Cameroon totaled $33 million in 2016. Leading categories include: cocoa paste & cocoa butter ($19 million), rubber & allied products ($8 million), coffee, unroasted ($2 million), cocoa beans ($2 million), and processed fruit & vegetables ($925 thousand). 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Cameroon was $39 million in 2016, a 58.0% decrease ($54 million) over 2015. 

Investment

  • Data on U.S. FDI in Cameroon are unavailable. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Cameroon. 

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Cameroon are available.