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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 161st largest goods trading partner with $121 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $69 million; goods imports totaled $51 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Uganda was $18 million in 2016. According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of Goods to Uganda supported an estimated 4 hundred jobs in 2014 (latest data available).

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Uganda supported an estimated 4 hundred jobs in 2015 (latest data available). 

Exports

  • Uganda was the United States' 156th largest goods export market in 2016.

  • U.S. goods exports to Uganda in 2016 were $69 million, down 21.8% ($19 million) from 2015 but up 36.6% from 2006.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: machinery ($16 million), aircraft ($15 million), electrical machinery ($11 million), optical and medical instruments ($5 million), and special other  ($4 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Uganda totaled $2 million in 2016.  

Imports

  • Uganda was the United States' 137th largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

  • U.S. goods imports from Uganda totaled $51 million in 2016, down 19.7% ($13 million) from 2015, but up 136.3% from 2006.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: coffee, tea & spice  ($25 million), special other ($9 million), glue & enzymes ($7 million), miscellaneous grain, seeds, fruit ($4 million), and fish and seafood  ($2 million).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Uganda totaled $38 million in 2016. Leading categories include: coffee, unroasted ($23 million), other dairy products ($7 million), spices ($2 million), nursery products ($1 million), and processed fruit & vegetables ($142 thousand). 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Uganda was $18 million in 2016, a 27.4% decrease ($7 million) over 2015. 

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Uganda (stock) was $108 million in 2016, a 21.3% increase from 2015. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Uganda.

  • No data on Uganda's FDI in the U.S. are available. 

NOTE: No services trade data with Uganda are available.