AGOA Status: Burundi is not eligible for AGOA this year.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. signed Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFA) with the East African Community (EAC) in 2008, and with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in 2001. Burundi is a member of both regional organizations. USTR’s Africa Office is also leading U.S. efforts to forge a new trade and investment partnership with the East African Community.

U.S. - Burundi Trade Facts

Burundi is currently our 190th largest goods trading partner with $29 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $15 million; goods imports totaled $14 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Burundi was $546 thousand in 2018.


  • Burundi was the United States' 194th largest goods export market in 2018.

  • U.S. goods exports to Burundi in 2018 were $15 million, up 78.9% ($6 million) from 2017 and up 99.9% from 2008. 

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: machinery ($11 million), optical and medical instruments ($2 million), miscellaneous textile articles ($318 thousand), special other (articles for repair) ($283 thousand), and electrical machinery ($255 thousand).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Burundi totaled $29 thousand in 2018.


  • Burundi was the United States' 166th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.

  • U.S. goods imports from Burundi totaled $14 million in 2018, up 56.2% ($5 million) from 2017, and up 392.6% from 2008. 

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: coffee, tea & spice (coffee) ($7 million), ores, slag, and ash (tungsten) ($7 million), pharmaceuticals ($245 thousand), electrical machinery ($40 thousand), and low value estimates ($12 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Burundi totaled $7 million in 2018. The leading category is: coffee, unroasted ($7 million).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. trade balance with Burundi shifted from a goods trade deficit of $832 thousand in 2017 to a goods trade surplus of $546 thousand in 2018.


  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Burundi (stock) was $1 million in 2018, unchanged from 2017. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Burundi.

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Burundi are available.