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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 136th largest goods trading partner with $251 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2015. Goods exports totaled $39 million; goods imports totaled $212 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $173 million in 2015.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Botswana supported an estimated 1 hundred jobs in 2014 (latest data available).


  • Botswana was the United States' 169th largest goods export market in 2015.
  • U.S. goods exports to Botswana in 2015 were $39 million, down 26% ($14 million) from 2014 and down 42% from 2005. 
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: special other (low value estimate) ($17 million), pharmaceuticals ($5 million), machinery ($4 million), electrical machinery ($3 million), and aircraft ($3 million).
  • U.S. exports of agricultural products to Botswana totaled $72 thousand in 2015.


  • Botswana was the United States' 106th largest supplier of goods imports in 2015.
  • U.S. goods imports from Botswana totaled $212 million in 2015, down 33% ($106 million) from 2014, but up 19% from 2005. 
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($202 million), woven apparel ($6 million), knit apparel ($2 million), special other (returns) ($1 million), and footwear ($127 thousand).
  • U.S. imports of agricultural products from Botswana totaled $1 thousand in 2015.

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $173 million in 2015, a 34.9% decrease ($92 million) over 2014.


  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Botswana (stock) was $44 million in 2014 (latest data available), 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 are available.