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Kenya

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 98th largest goods trading partner with $1.0 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $365 million; goods imports totaled $644 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Kenya was $279 million in 2018.

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' 110th largest goods export market in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods exports to Kenya in 2018 were $365 million, down 19.7% ($89 million) from 2017 and down 17.5% from 2008. 
     
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: aircraft ($103 million), machinery ($41 million), plastics ($37 million), electrical machinery ($31 million), and special other (repairs) ($16 million).
     
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Kenya totaled $37 million in 2018. Leading domestic export categories include: coarse grains (ex. corn) ($10 million), wheat ($6 million), pulses ($5 million), vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($3 million), and planting seeds ($3 million).

Imports

  • Kenya was the United States' 85th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods imports from Kenya totaled $644 million in 2018, up 12.6% ($72 million) from 2017, and up 87.5% from 2008. 
     
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: woven apparel ($240 million), knit apparel ($153 million), edible fruit & nuts (cocoa, brazil, cashew)  ($74 million), special other (returns) ($55 million), and coffee, tea & spice (coffee) ($50 million).
     
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Kenya totaled $154 million in 2018. Leading categories include: tree nuts ($75 million), coffee, unroasted ($43 million), tea, including herb ($17 million), essential oils ($11 million), and other vegetable oils ($3 million).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Kenya was $279 million in 2018, a 136.9% increase ($161 million) over 2017.

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.