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

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 130th largest goods trading partner with $371 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2014. Goods exports totaled $53 million; goods imports totaled $318 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $265 million in 2014.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of Goods to Botswana supported an estimated 1 hundred jobs in 2014.


Botswana was the United States' 165th largest goods export market in 2014.

U.S. goods exports to Botswana in 2014 were $53 million, down 35.6% ($29 million) from 2013, and down 2.3% from 2004.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2014 were: special other (low value shipments) ($26 million), pharmaceuticals ($5 million), aircraft ($5 million), electrical machinery ($5 million), and machinery ($5 million).

U.S. exports of agricultural products to Botswana totaled $463 thousand in 2014.


Botswana was the United States' 99th largest supplier of goods imports in 2014.

U.S. goods imports from Botswana totaled $318 million in 2014, up 14.5% ($40 million) from 2013, and up 333% from 2004.

The five largest import categories in 2014 were: precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($307 million), woven apparel ($5 million), knit apparel ($4 million), special other (returns) ($671 thousand), and machinery ($510 thousand).

U.S. imports of agricultural products from Botswana totaled $247 thousand in 2014.

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $265 million in 2014, a 35.5% increase ($69 million) over 2013. 


U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Botswana (stock) was $44 million in 2014, a 4.3% decrease from 2013.

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.

*NOTE: No services trade data with Botswana is available.