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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

In 2019, Kenya GDP was an estimated $98.6 billion (current market exchange rates); real GDP was up by an estimated 5.6%; and the population was 49 million. (Source: IMF)

Kenya is currently our 96th largest goods trading partner with $1.1 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2019. Goods exports totaled $401 million; goods imports totaled $667 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Kenya was $266 million in 2019.

Exports

  • Kenya was the United States' 109th largest goods export market in 2019.
  • U.S. goods exports to Kenya in 2019 were $401 million, up 9.9% ($36 million) from 2018 but down 38.6% from 2009. 
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2019 were: aircraft ($59 million), plastics ($58 million), machinery ($41 million), cereals (wheat) ($30 million), and special other (returns or repairs) ($29 million).
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Kenya totaled $53 million in 2019. Leading domestic export categories include: wheat ($27 million), vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($7 million), pulses ($5 million), coarse grains (ex. corn) ($3 million), and planting seeds ($2 million).

 Imports

  • Kenya was the United States' 86th largest supplier of goods imports in 2019.
  • U.S. goods imports from Kenya totaled $667 million in 2019, up 3.7% ($24 million) from 2018, and up 137.7% from 2009. 
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2019 were: woven apparel ($286 million), knit apparel ($168 million), edible fruit & nuts (macadamia nuts)  ($55 million), ores, slag, and ash (titanium) ($52 million), and coffee, tea & spice (coffee) ($41 million).
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Kenya totaled $126 million in 2019. Leading categories include: tree nuts ($55 million), unroasted coffee ($34 million), tea, including herbal ($11 million), essential oils ($10 million), and other vegetable oils ($6 million).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Kenya was $266 million in 2019, a 4.4% decrease ($12 million) over 2018.

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Kenya (stock) was $353 million in 2019, a 3.8% decrease from 2018. 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.