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Zambia

AGOA Status: Zambia is eligible for AGOA this year. It also qualifies for textile and apparel benefits. Zambia hosted the 10th Annual AGOA Forum in Lusaka in June 2011.

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

U.S. Zambia-Trade Facts

Zambia is currently our 133rd largest goods trading partner with $378 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $195 million; goods imports totaled $183 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zambia was $13 million in 2018.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Zambia supported an estimated 4 hundred jobs in 2015 (latest data available).

Exports

Zambia was the United States' 136th largest goods export market in 2018.

U.S. goods exports to Zambia in 2018 were $195 million, up 129.5% ($110 million) from 2017 and up 148.2% from 2008. 

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: aircraft ($67 million), machinery ($48 million), vehicles ($31 million), iron and steel products ($15 million), and special other (low value estimates) ($8 million).

U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Zambia totaled $459 thousand in 2018.

Imports

Zambia was the United States' 115th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.

U.S. goods imports from Zambia totaled $183 million in 2018, up 176.7% ($117 million) from 2017, and up 255.1% from 2008. 

The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: copper ($121 million), precious metal and stone (emeralds) ($59 million), iron and steel ($1 million), special other (returns) ($1 million), and coffee, tea & spice (coffee) ($606 thousand).

U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Zambia totaled $906 thousand in 2018.

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zambia was $13 million in 2018, a 33.8% decrease ($6 million) over 2017.

Investment

U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Zambia (stock) was $58 million in 2017 (latest data available), a 4.9% decrease from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Zambia.

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Zambia are available.