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 126th largest goods trading partner with $432 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $335 million; goods imports totaled $97 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Tanzania was $238 million in 2018.

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


  • Tanzania was the United States' 113th largest goods export market in 2018.
  • U.S. goods exports to Tanzania in 2018 were $335 million, up 130.8% ($190 million) from 2017 and up 98.0% from 2008. 
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: aircraft ($168 million), machinery ($41 million), vegetables ($15 million), electrical machinery ($12 million), and cereals ($12 million).
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Tanzania totaled $49 million in 2018. Leading domestic export categories include: pulses ($15 million), rice ($9 million), vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($8 million), poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($4 million), and wheat ($3 million).


  • Tanzania was the United States' 128th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
  • U.S. goods imports from Tanzania totaled $97 million in 2018, down 21.7% ($27 million) from 2017, but up 73.7% from 2008. 
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: knit apparel ($25 million), coffee, tea & spice ($23 million), woven apparel ($17 million), precious metal and stone ($12 million), and vegetable saps and extracts ($5 million).
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Tanzania totaled $35 million in 2018. Leading categories include: coffee, unroasted ($22 million), tree nuts ($4 million), cocoa beans ($1 million), planting seeds ($861 thousand), and tobacco ($588 thousand).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Tanzania was $238 million in 2018, a 1,005.2% increase ($217 million) over 2017.


  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Tanzania (stock) was $1.4 billion in 2017 (latest data available), a 2.8% increase from 2016.
  • 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.