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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 133rd largest goods trading partner with $360 million in total (exports plus imports) goods trade during 2013. Goods exports totaled $600 thousand; Goods imports totaled $359 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Lesotho was $358 million in 2012.


Lesotho was the United States' 225th goods export market in 2013.

U.S. goods exports to Lesotho in 2013 were $600 thousand, down 96.1% from 2012.

The top export category (2-digit HS) for 2013 was: Special Classification Provisions ($138 thousand), Machinery ($119 thousand).


Lesotho was the United States' 101st largest supplier of goods imports in 2013.

U.S. goods imports from Lesotho totaled $359 million in 2013, a 15.6% increase from 2012.

The top import categories (2-digit HS) for 2013 were: Knit Apparel ($211 million) and Woven Apparel ($110 million). These two categories represented 90% of total imports from Lesotho.

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade deficit with Lesotho was $359 million in 2013, a 21.8% increase from 2012.