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AGOA Status: Tanzania is eligible for African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits 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. Tanzania is a member of both the EAC and COMESA 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. - Tanzania Trade Facts

Tanzania is currently our 137th largest goods trading partner with $269 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $145 million; goods imports totaled $124 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Tanzania was $22 million in 2017.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Tanzania supported an estimated 9 hundred jobs in 2015 (latest data available).

Exports

  • Tanzania was the United States' 131st largest goods export market in 2017.

  • U.S. goods exports to Tanzania in 2017 were $145 million, down 7.8% ($12 million) from 2016 and down 16.5% from 2007.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: machinery ($24 million), optical and medical instruments ($23 million), miscellaneous textile articles ($10 million), rubber ($9 million), and electrical machinery ($8 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Tanzania totaled $32 million in 2017. Leading domestic export categories include: vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($6 million), pulses ($5 million), prepared food ($3 million), poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($3 million), and condiments & sauces ($1 million). 

Imports

  • Tanzania was the United States' 118th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

  • U.S. goods imports from Tanzania totaled $124 million in 2017, down 16.7% ($25 million) from 2016, but up 167.6% from 2007  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: precious metal and stones ($34 million), knit apparel ($26 million), coffee, tea & spice ($21 million), woven apparel ($15 million), and special other ($9 million).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Tanzania totaled $36 million in 2017. Leading categories include: coffee, unroasted ($20 million), tree nuts ($5 million), cocoa beans ($2 million), spices ($1 million), and planting seeds ($490 thousand). 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Tanzania was $22 million in 2017, a 137.7% increase ($12 million) over 2016. 

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Tanzania (stock) was $1.4 billion in 2017, a 2.8% increase from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Tanzania. 

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Tanzania are available.