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Malawi

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AGOA Status: Malawi is eligible for AGOA this year. It also qualifies for textile and apparel benefits.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which includes Malawi, signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 2001.

U.S.-Malawi Trade Facts

Malawi is currently our 160th largest goods trading partner with $121 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $47 million; goods imports totaled $74 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Malawi was $28 million in 2016. 

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

Exports

  • Malawi was the United States' 165th largest goods export market in 2016.

  • U.S. goods exports to Malawi in 2016 were $47 million, up 25.3% ($9 million) from 2015 and up 1.9% from 2006.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: special other ($18 million), machinery ($5 million), vegetables ($5 million), cereals  ($5 million), and electrical machinery ($4 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Malawi totaled $14 million in 2016. Leading domestic export categories include: pulses ($5 million), coarse grains (ex. corn) ($5 million), dairy products ($2 million), vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($2 million), and non-alcoholic bev. (ex. juices) ($50 thousand). 

Imports

  • Malawi was the United States' 130th largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

  • U.S. goods imports from Malawi totaled $74 million in 2016, up 21.0% ($13 million) from 2015, and up 25.1% from 2006.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: tobacco ($33 million), coffee, tea & spice  ($22 million), sugar ($11 million), edible fruit & nuts ($7 million), and knit apparel ($2 million).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Malawi totaled $72 million in 2016. Leading categories include: tobacco ($33 million), tea, incl herb ($20 million), raw beet & cane sugar ($11 million), tree nuts ($7 million), and coffee, unroasted ($2 million). 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Malawi was $28 million in 2016, a 14.5% increase ($4 million) over 2015. 

Investment

 

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Malawi (stock) was $1 million in 2016. 

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Malawi are available.