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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 $313 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $3 million; goods imports totaled $311 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Lesotho was $308 million in 2016. 

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' 207th largest goods export market in 2016.

  • U.S. goods exports to Lesotho in 2016 were $3 million, up 221.9% ($2 million) from 2015 but down 29.5% from 2006.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: milling products ($753 thousand), vegetables ($458 thousand), machinery ($424 thousand), fats and oils  ($220 thousand), and special other  ($218 thousand).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Lesotho totaled $1 million in 2016 


  • Lesotho was the United States' 97th largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

  • U.S. goods imports from Lesotho totaled $311 million in 2016, down 6.4% ($21 million) from 2015, and down 24.0% from 2006.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: knit apparel ($201 million), woven apparel ($94 million), precious metal and stone ($13 million), electrical machinery ($780 thousand), and special other ($417 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Lesotho totaled $9 thousand in 2016.  

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Lesotho was $308 million in 2016, a 7.0% decrease ($23 million) over 2015. 


  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Lesotho (stock) was $5 million in 2016, unchanged from 2015. 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.  

NOTE: No services trade data with Lesotho are available.