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Malawi

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 171st largest goods trading partner with $90 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $28 million; goods imports totaled $62 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Malawi was $34 million in 2017.

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' 180th largest goods export market in 2017.

  • U.S. goods exports to Malawi in 2017 were $28 million, down 40.2% ($19 million) from 2016 and down 45.9% from 2007.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: machinery ($8 million), special other ($7 million), vehicles ($2 million), aircraft ($2 million), and optical and medical instruments ($2 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Malawi totaled $4 million in 2017. Leading domestic export categories include: dairy products ($2 million), vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($846 thousand), soybean oil ($421 thousand), feeds & fodders nesoi ($53 thousand), and planting seeds ($26 thousand). 

Imports

  • Malawi was the United States' 138th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

  • U.S. goods imports from Malawi totaled $62 million in 2017, down 16.8% ($13 million) from 2016, but up 4.5% from 2007.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: tobacco ($27 million), coffee, tea & spice ($20 million), sugar ($7 million), edible fruit & nuts ($7 million), and knit apparel ($321 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Malawi totaled $61 million in 2017. Leading categories include: tobacco ($27 million), tea, incl herb ($19 million), raw beet & cane sugar ($7 million), tree nuts ($7 million), and coffee, unroasted ($962 thousand). 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Malawi was $34 million in 2017, a 22.4% increase ($6 million) over 2016. 

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Malawi (stock) was $37 million in 2017, a 42.3% increase from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Malawi. 

  • No data on Malawi's FDI in the U.S. are available. There is no information on the distribution of Malawi FDI in the U.S. 

NOTE: No services trade data with Malawi are available.