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Botswana

AGOA Status: Botswana is eligible for AGOA this year. It also qualifies for textile and apparel benefits.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), which includes Botswana, signed a Trade, Investment, and Development Cooperative Agreement (TIDCA) in 2008. The TIDCA establishes a forum for consultative discussions, cooperative work, and possible agreements on a wide range of trade issues, with a special focus on customs and trade facilitation, technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, and trade and investment promotion.

U.S.-Botswana Trade Facts

Botswana is currently our 99th largest goods trading partner with $865 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $93 million; goods imports totaled $772 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $679 million in 2016.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Botswana supported an estimated 84 jobs in 2015 (latest data available).

Exports

  • Botswana was the United States' 147th largest goods export market in 2017.

  • U.S. goods exports to Botswana in 2017 were $93 million, up 119.3% ($51 million) from 2016 and up 72.8% from 2007. 

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: special other (low value estimates) ($40 million), railway vehicles/equipment ($29 million), aircraft ($8 million), precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($6 million), and machinery ($5 million)

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Botswana totaled $77 thousand in 2017.

Imports

  • Botswana was the United States' 79th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

  • U.S. goods imports from Botswana totaled $772 million in 2017, up 77.9% ($338 million) from 2016, and up 312% from 2007.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($769 million), special other (returns ($2 million), woven apparel ($991 thousand), glass and glassware ($213 thousand), and special other (low value estimates) ($71 thousand).

  • There were no agricultural products imported from Botswana in 2017. 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $679 million in 2017, a 73.4% increase ($288 million) over 2016.

Investment

  • Data on U.S. FDI in Botswana are unavailable. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Botswana.

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Botswana are available.