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Eritrea

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 212th largest goods trading partner with $8 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $8 million; goods imports totaled $275 thousand. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Eritrea was $8 million in 2018.

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' 205th largest goods export market in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods exports to Eritrea in 2018 were $8 million, up 63.1% ($3 million) from 2017 but down 44.9% from 2008. 
     
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: cereals (grain, sorghum) ($5 million), machinery ($802 thousand), vehicles ($553 thousand), plastics ($487 thousand), and special other (returns) ($305 thousand).
     
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Eritrea totaled $5 million in 2018.

Imports

  • Eritrea was the United States' 220th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods imports from Eritrea totaled $275 thousand in 2018, up 3.0% ($8 thousand) from 2017, and up 113.6% from 2008. 
     
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: beverages (beer) ($94 thousand), special other (retrurns) ($79 thousand), vehicles ($27 thousand), special other (low value estimates) ($17 thousand), and machinery ($12 thousand).
     
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Eritrea totaled $51 thousand in 2018. 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Eritrea was $8 million in 2018, a 66.5% increase ($3 million) over 2017.

Investment

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Eritrea are available.