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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 132nd largest goods trading partner with $366 million in total (two ways) goods trade during 2013. Goods exports totaled $82 million; Goods imports totaled $283 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $201 million in 2013.


Botswana was the United States' 156th largest goods export market in 2013.

U.S. goods exports to Botswana in 2013 were $82 million, up 71.1% ($34 million) from 2012, and up 218% from 2003.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) for 2013 were: Special Other Category (low value shipments) ($39 million), Machinery ($11 million), Vehicles ($9 million), Pharmaceutical Products ($9 million), and Optic and Medical Insurance ($4 million).

U.S. exports of agricultural products to Botswana totaled $500 thousand in 2013.


Botswana was the United States' 106th largest supplier of goods imports in 2013.

U.S. goods imports from Botswana totaled $283 million in 2013, a 28.2% increase ($62 million) from 2012, and up 1,975% from 2003.

The five largest import categories in 2013 were: Precious Stones (diamonds) ($274 million), Woven Apparel ($3 million), Knit Apparel ($3 million), Art and Antiques ($1 million), and Special Other (returns) ($799 thousand). 

There were no imports of agricultural products from Botswana in 2013.

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade deficit with Botswana was $201 million in 2013, a 16.3% increase ($28 million) over 2012.  


U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Botswana (stock) was $63 million in 2012 (latest data available), up 186.4 percent from 2011.

There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Botswana.

Botswana FDI in the United States (stock) is not available in 2012.

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