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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.  

Trade Balance

  • 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.