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AGOA Status: Lesotho 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 Lesotho, 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.-Lesotho Trade Facts
Lesotho is currently our 128th largest goods trading partner with $310 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $2 million; goods imports totaled $308 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Lesotho was $306 million in 2017.
According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Lesotho supported an estimated 2 jobs in 2015 (latest data available).
Lesotho was the United States' 215th largest goods export market in 2017.
U.S. goods exports to Lesotho in 2017 were $2 million, down 33.0% ($938 thousand) from 2016 and down 74.7% from 2007.
The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: pharmaceuticals ($705 thousand), aircraft ($343 thousand), optical and medical instruments ($318 thousand), special other ($234 thousand), and electrical machinery ($135 thousand).
U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Lesotho totaled $7 thousand in 2017.
Lesotho was the United States' 100th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.
U.S. goods imports from Lesotho totaled $308 million in 2017, down 0.8% ($3 million) from 2016, and down 30.4% from 2007.
The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: knit apparel ($191 million), woven apparel ($99 million), precious metal and stone ($16 million), electrical machinery ($1 million), and special other ($463 thousand).
U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Lesotho totaled $115 thousand in 2017.
The U.S. goods trade deficit with Lesotho was $306 million in 2017, a 0.5% decrease ($2 million) over 2016.
U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Lesotho (stock) was $3 million in 2017, unchanged from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Lesotho.
No data on Lesotho's FDI in the U.S. are available. There is no information on the distribution of Lesotho FDI in the U.S.
NOTE: No services trade data with Lesotho are available.