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AGOA Status: Uganda 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. Uganda is a member of both 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.-Uganda Trade Facts

Uganda is currently our 156th largest goods trading partner with $172 million in total (exports plus imports) goods trade during 2013. Goods exports totaled $125 million; Goods imports totaled $47 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Uganda was $78 million in 2013.


Uganda was the United States' 148th largest goods export market in 2013.

U.S. goods exports to Uganda in 2013 were $125 million, up 25% from 2012.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) for 2013 were: Optic and Medical Instruments ($36 million), Machinery ($21 million), Aircraft ($18 million), Electric Machinery ($15 million), Special Other (returns) ($10 million), and Vehicles ($3 million).


Uganda was the United States' 140th largest supplier of goods imports in 2013.

U.S. goods imports from Uganda totaled $47 million in 2013, a 36% decrease from 2012.

The top import categories (2-digit HS) for 2013 were: Spices, Coffee, and Tea (coffee) ($37 million), Special Other (returns) ($4 million), Fish ($1 million), and Live Trees ($835 thousand).

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Uganda was $78 million in 2013, 19% more than in 2012.