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AGOA Status: Kenya is eligible for AGOA this year. It also qualifies for textile and apparel benefits.

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. Kenya 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.-Kenya Trade Facts

Kenya is currently our 92nd largest goods trading partner with $1.0 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $454 million; goods imports totaled $572 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Kenya was $118 million in 2017.

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

Exports

Kenya was the United States' 97th largest goods export market in 2017.

U.S. goods exports to Kenya in 2017 were $454 million, up 14.3% ($57 million) from 2016 but down 12.7% from 2007. 

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: aircraft ($154 million), machinery ($56 million), cereals (wheat) ($36 million), special other (repairs) ($28 million), and plastics ($19 million).

U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Kenya totaled $74 million in 2017. Leading domestic export categories include: wheat ($22 million), coarse grains (ex. corn) ($13 million), vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($13 million), pulses ($8 million), and prepared food ($4 million).

Imports

Kenya was the United States' 86th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

U.S. goods imports from Kenya totaled $572 million in 2017, up 3.6% ($20 million) from 2016, and up 75.8% from 2007. 

The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: woven apparel ($206 million), knit apparel ($132 million), coffee, tea & spice (coffee) ($69 million), edible fruit & nuts (cocoa, brazil, cashew)($60 million), and ores, slag, and ash (titanium) ($30 million).

U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Kenya totaled $165 million in 2017. Leading categories include: tree nuts ($61 million), coffee, unroasted ($58 million), tea, incl herb ($28 million), nursery products ($5 million), and other vegetable oils ($4 million).

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade deficit with Kenya was $118 million in 2017, a 24.1% decrease ($37 million) over 2016.

Investment

U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Kenya (stock) was $405 million in 2017, a 7.5% decrease from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Kenya.

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

 

NOTE: No services trade data with Kenya are available.