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Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe

AGOA Status: Sao Tome and Principe is eligible for AGOA this year.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and Sao Tome and Principe have no trade or investment agreements.

U.S.-Sao Tome and Principe Trade Facts

Sao Tome and Principe is currently our 215th largest goods trading partner with $4 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $3 million; goods imports totaled $910 thousand. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sao Tome and Principe was $2 million in 2017.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Sao Tome and Principe supported an estimated 5 jobs in 2015 (latest data available).

Exports

  • Sao Tome and Principe was the United States' 208th largest goods export market in 2017.

  • U.S. goods exports to Sao Tome and Principe in 2017 were $3 million, up 57.5% ($1 million) from 2016 but down 62.7% from 2007.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: mineral fuels ($860 thousand), perfumery, cosmetics ($493 thousand), machinery ($458 thousand), vehicles ($426 thousand), and optical and medical instruments ($244 thousand).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Sao Tome and Principe totaled $187 thousand in 2017.  

Imports

  • Sao Tome and Principe was the United States' 215th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

  • U.S. goods imports from Sao Tome and Principe totaled $910 thousand in 2017, up 95.9% ($445 thousand) from 2016, and up 131.5% from 2007.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: special other ($399 thousand), electrical machinery ($133 thousand), optical and medical instruments ($95 thousand), cocoa ($76 thousand), and machinery ($59 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Sao Tome and Principe totaled $76 thousand in 2017.  

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sao Tome and Principe was $2 million in 2017, a 45.8% increase ($701 thousand) over 2016. 

Investments

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Sao Tome and Principe (stock) was $21 million in 2017, unchanged from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Sao Tome and Principe. 

  • No data on Sao Tome and Principe's FDI in the U.S. are available. There is no information on the distribution of Sao Tome and Principe FDI in the U.S. 

NOTE: No services trade data with Sao Tome and Principe are available.