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Uganda

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 148th largest goods trading partner with $187 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $108 million; goods imports totaled $79 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Uganda was $29 million in 2017.

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' 143rd largest goods export market in 2017.

  • U.S. goods exports to Uganda in 2017 were $108 million, up 56.2% ($39 million) from 2016 and up 34.3% from 2007.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: aircraft ($49 million), machinery ($16 million), electrical machinery ($9 million), optical and medical instruments ($8 million), and paper, paperboard ($4 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Uganda totaled $1 million in 2017.  

Imports

  • Uganda was the United States' 130th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

  • U.S. goods imports from Uganda totaled $79 million in 2017, up 53.9% ($28 million) from 2016, and up 196.7% from 2007. 
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: coffee, tea & spice ($52 million), special other ($13 million), glue & enzymes ($6 million), fish and seafood ($2 million), and live trees and plants ($993 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Uganda totaled $60 million in 2017. Leading categories include: coffee, unroasted ($33 million), spices ($19 million), other dairy products ($6 million), nursery products ($993 thousand), and other vegetable oils ($126 thousand). 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Uganda was $29 million in 2017, a 63.0% increase ($11 million) over 2016. 

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Uganda (stock) was $42 million in 2017, a 35.4% decrease from 2016. 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. There is no information on the distribution of Uganda FDI in the U.S. 

NOTE: No services trade data with Uganda are available.