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Eswatini

AGOA Status: Eswatini is eligible for AGOA this year. 

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), which includes Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), 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.

Eswatini is also a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the U.S. in 2001.

U.S. - Eswatini Trade Facts

Eswatini is currently our 185th largest goods trading partner with $47 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $33 million; goods imports totaled $13 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Eswatini was $20 million in 2018.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Eswatini supported an estimated 1 hundred jobs in 2015 (latest data available).

Exports

  • Eswatini was the United States' 181st largest goods export market in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods exports to Eswatini in 2018 were $33 million, up 38.5% ($9 million) from 2017 and up 175.0% from 2008. 
     
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: art and antiques ($5 million), vehicles ($4 million), machinery ($3 million), organic chemicals ($2 million), and special other (military equipment) ($2 million).
     
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Eswatini totaled $5 million in 2018. Leading domestic export categories include: tree nuts ($1 million), prepared food ($416 thousand), processed fruit ($407 thousand), wine & beer ($40 thousand), and vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($10 thousand).

Imports

  • Eswatini was the United States' 167th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods imports from Eswatini totaled $13 million in 2018, down 34.9% ($7 million) from 2017, and down 90.0% from 2008. 
     
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: sugar ($6 million), perfumery, cosmetics ($1 million), special other (repairs) ($942 thousand), electrical machinery ($839 thousand), and machinery ($769 thousand).
     
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Eswatini totaled $7 million in 2018. Leading categories include: raw beet & cane sugar ($6 million), essential oils ($496 thousand), processed fruit & vegetables ($240 thousand), other vegetable oils ($80 thousand), and wine and beer ($11 thousand).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Eswatini was $20 million in 2018, a 454.1% increase ($16 million) over 2017.

Investment

  • Data on U.S. FDI in Eswatini are unavailable. 

  • No data on Eswatini's FDI in the U.S. are available. 

NOTE: No services trade data with Eswatini are available.