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Eritrea

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

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which includes Eritrea, signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 2001.

U.S. - Eritrea Trade Facts

Eritrea is currently our 217th largest goods trading partner with $4 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $3 million; goods imports totaled $470 thousand. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Eritrea was $3 million in 2016. 

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Eritrea supported an estimated 20 jobs in 2015 (latest data available). 

Exports

  • Eritrea was the United States' 206th largest goods export market in 2016.

  • U.S. goods exports to Eritrea in 2016 were $3 million, down 12.9% ($450 thousand) from 2015 and down 65.6% from 2006.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: machinery ($897 thousand), plastics ($315 thousand), vehicles ($315 thousand), optical and medical instruments ($296 thousand), and miscellaneous chemical products ($264 thousand).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Eritrea totaled $4 thousand in 2016.  

Imports

  • Eritrea was the United States' 217th largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

  • U.S. goods imports from Eritrea totaled $470 thousand in 2016, up 339.5% ($363 thousand) from 2015, but down 45.2% from 2006.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: optical and medical instruments ($244 thousand), machinery ($62 thousand), wood and wood products ($38 thousand), beverages  ($29 thousand), and leather products ($22 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Eritrea totaled $19 thousand in 2016.  

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Eritrea was $3 million in 2016, a 24.0% decrease ($813 thousand) over 2015. 

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Eritrea (stock) was $7 million in 2016, unchanged from 2015. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Eritrea.

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Eritrea are available.