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South Sudan

AGOA Status: South Sudan is not eligible for AGOA this year.

U.S.-South Sudan Trade Facts

In 2019, South Sudan GDP was an estimated $3.7 billion (current market exchange rates); real GDP was up by an estimated 11.3%; and the population was 13 million. (Source: IMF)

South Sudan is currently our 173rd largest goods trading partner with $88 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2019. Goods exports totaled $22 million; goods imports totaled $66 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with South Sudan was $45 million in 2019.


  • South Sudan was the United States' 181st largest goods export market in 2019.
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2019 were: machinery ($8 million), electrical machinery ($4 million), miscellaneous food (protein concentrate, textured protein substances) ($3 million), cereals (grain sorghum) ($1 million), and baking related products ($986 thousand).
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to South Sudan totaled $7 million in 2019. The leading domestic export category is: coarse grains (ex. corn) ($1 million)


  • South Sudan was the United States' 133rd largest supplier of goods imports in 2019.
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2019 were: mineral fuels ($66 million), iron and steel products ($4 thousand), special other (low value estimates) ($4 thousand), electrical machinery ($2 thousand), and live animals (other live animals) ($ million).
  • There were no agricultural products imported from South Sudan in 2019.

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. trade balance with South Sudan shifted from a goods trade surplus of $23 million in 2018 to a goods trade deficit of $45 million in 2019.


  • Data on U.S. FDI in South Sudan are unavailable. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in South Sudan.
  • No data on South Sudan's FDI in the U.S. are available. There is no information on the distribution of South Sudan FDI in the U.S.

NOTE: No services trade data with South Sudan are available.