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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 133rd largest goods trading partner with $276 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2015. Goods exports totaled $171 million; goods imports totaled $105 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Tanzania was $66 million in 2015.
According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of Goods to Tanzania supported an estimated 2 thousand jobs in 2014 (latest data available).
Tanzania was the United States' 128th largest goods export market in 2015.
U.S. goods exports to Tanzania in 2015 were $171 million, down 43% ($131 million) from 2014 but up 77% from 2005.
The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: machinery ($52 million), miscellaneous textile articles ($19 million), electrical machinery ($12 million), special other (articles donated for relief, low value estimates) ($11 million), and milling products ($10 million).
U.S. exports of agricultural products to Tanzania totaled $32 million in 2015. Leading categories include: wheat ($7 million), prepared food ($5 million), pulses ($2 million), condiments & sauces ($2 million), and poultry ($1 million).
Tanzania was the United States' 121st largest supplier of goods imports in 2015.
U.S. goods imports from Tanzania totaled $105 million in 2015, up 22% ($19 million) from 2014, and up 211% from 2005.
The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: coffee, tea & spice (coffee) ($29 million), knit apparel ($25 million), precious metal and stone (gemstones) ($21 million), special other (returns) ($9 million), and vegetable saps and extracts (pectates) ($6 million).
U.S. imports of agricultural products from Tanzania totaled $42 million in 2015. Leading categories include: coffee, unroasted ($29 million), tree nuts ($4 million), tobacco ($904 thousand), cocoa beans ($722 thousand), and spices ($409 thousand).
The U.S. goods trade surplus with Tanzania was $66 million in 2015, a 69.3% decrease ($150 million) over 2014.
U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Tanzania (stock) was $570 million in 2014 (latest data available), a 176.7% increase from 2013. 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.
NOTE: No services trade data with Tanzania are available.