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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 176th largest goods trading partner with $74 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $17 million; goods imports totaled $57 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Malawi was $40 million in 2018.

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' 191st largest goods export market in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods exports to Malawi in 2018 were $17 million, down 38.2% ($11 million) from 2017 and down 61.6% from 2008. 
     
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: machinery ($4 million), optical and medical instruments ($4 million), special other ($3 million), baking related products ($887 thousand), and electrical machinery ($753 thousand).
     
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Malawi totaled $1 million in 2018.

Imports

  • Malawi was the United States' 140th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods imports from Malawi totaled $57 million in 2018, down 7.8% ($5 million) from 2017, and down 12.1% from 2008. 
     
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: tobacco ($25 million), coffee, tea & spice ($15 million), edible fruit & nuts ($10 million), sugar ($6 million), and knit apparel ($860 thousand).
     
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Malawi totaled $56 million in 2018. Leading categories include: tobacco ($25 million), tea, including herb ($15 million), tree nuts ($10 million), raw beet & cane sugar ($6 million), and coffee, unroasted ($746 thousand).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade deficit with Malawi was $40 million in 2018, a 17.1% increase ($6 million) over 2017.

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Malawi (stock) was $37 million in 2017 (latest data available), 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.