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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 85th largest goods trading partner with $1.5 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2015. Goods exports totaled $937 million; goods imports totaled $565 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Kenya was $371 million in 2015.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Kenya supported an estimated 8 thousand jobs in 2014 (latest data available).

Exports

Kenya was the United States' 80th largest goods export market in 2015.

U.S. goods exports to Kenya in 2015 were $937 million, down 43% ($704 million) from 2014 but up 63% from 2005. 

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: aircraft ($630 million), machinery ($59 million), cereals (grain, sorgham) ($33 million), electrical machinery ($27 million), and special other (repairs) ($25 million).

U.S. exports of agricultural products to Kenya totaled $67 million in 2015. Leading categories include: coarse grains (ex. corn) ($28 million), pulses ($6 million), vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($6 million), wheat ($5 million), and prepared food ($5 million).

Imports

Kenya was the United States' 85th largest supplier of goods imports in 2015.

U.S. goods imports from Kenya totaled $565 million in 2015, down 4.3% ($25 million) from 2014, but up 62% from 2005. 

The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: woven apparel ($198 million), knit apparel ($170 million), coffee, tea & spice (coffee) ($52 million), edible fruit & nuts (macadamia nuts) ($46 million), and special other (returns) ($22 million).

U.S. imports of agricultural products from Kenya totaled $140 million in 2015. Leading categories include: tree nuts ($48 million), coffee, unroasted ($44 million), tea, incl herb ($21 million), processed fruit & vegetables ($10 million), and nursery products ($6 million).

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Kenya was $371 million in 2015, a 64.6% decrease ($679 million) over 2014.

Investment

U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Kenya (stock) was $383 million in 2014 (latest data available), a 5.7% decrease from 2013. 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.

 

NOTE: No services trade data with Kenya are available.