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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 220th largest goods trading partner with $3 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $2 million; goods imports totaled $711 thousand. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sao Tome and Principe was $1 million in 2018.

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' 214th largest goods export market in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods exports to Sao Tome and Principe in 2018 were $2 million, down 34.1% ($1 million) from 2017 and down 36.7% from 2008. 
     
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: perfumery, cosmetics ($698 thousand), vehicles ($197 thousand), meat ($147 thousand), electrical machinery ($146 thousand), and edible fruit & nuts  ($142 thousand).
     
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Sao Tome and Principe totaled $450 thousand in 2018.

     

Imports

  • Sao Tome and Principe was the United States' 216th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods imports from Sao Tome and Principe totaled $711 thousand in 2018, down 21.9% ($199 thousand) from 2017, but up 381% from 2008. 
     
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: optical and medical instruments ($368 thousand), electrical machinery ($83 thousand), machinery ($69 thousand), cocoa ($59 thousand), and low value estimates ($29 thousand).
     
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Sao Tome and Principe totaled $59 thousand in 2018.

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sao Tome and Principe was $1 million in 2018, a 39.1% decrease ($873 thousand) over 2017.

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.