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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 116th largest goods trading partner with $543 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $82 million; goods imports totaled $461 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $379 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' 158th largest goods export market in 2018.

  • U.S. goods exports to Botswana in 2018 were $82 million, down 12.0% ($11 million) from 2017 but up 31.7% from 2008. 

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: aircraft ($37 million), special other (low value estimates) ($19 million), precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($8 million), machinery ($6 million), and electrical machinery ($5 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Botswana totaled $51 thousand in 2018

Imports

  • Botswana was the United States' 96th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.

  • U.S. goods imports from Botswana totaled $461 million in 2018, down 40.4% ($312 million) from 2017, but up 111% from 2008.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: precious metal and stone (diamnonds) ($460 million), special other (returns) ($222 thousand), electrical machinery ($74 thousand), special other (low value estimates) ($59 thousand), and machinery ($48 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Botswana totaled $8 thousand in 2018.

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $379 million in 2018, a 44.2% decrease ($301 million) over 2017.

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.