AGOA Status: On November 2, 2018, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to terminate the eligibility of Mauritania for trade preference benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), as of January 1, 2019, due to forced labor practices.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and Mauritania have no trade agreements.

U.S.-Mauritania Trade Facts

Mauritania is currently our 170th largest goods trading partner with $102 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018.


  • Mauritania was the United States' 154th largest goods export market in 2018.
  • U.S. goods exports to Mauritania in 2018 were $88 million, down 30.9% ($39 million) from 2017 and down 17.1% from 2008. 
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: vehicles ($24 million), machinery ($21 million), meat ($11 million), inorganic chemicals ($7 million), and electrical machinery ($5 million).


  • Mauritania was the United States' 168th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
  • U.S. goods imports from Mauritania totaled $13 million in 2018, down 78.4% ($48 million) from 2017, and down 71.3% from 2008. 
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: special other ($7 million), fertilizers ($3 million), fish and seafood ($1 million), miscellaneous manufactured goods ($789 thousand), and prepared meat and fish ($726 thousand).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Mauritania was $75 million in 2018, a 13.1% increase ($9 million) over 2017.