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Zambia FlagAGOA 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 Zimbabwe, signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 2001.

U.S. Zambia-Trade Facts

Zimbabwe is currently our 177th largest goods trading partner with $54 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $30 million; goods imports totaled $23 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zimbabwe was $7 million in 2016. 

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Zimbabwe supported an estimated 2 hundred jobs in 2015 (latest data available). 


  • Zimbabwe was the United States' 179th largest goods export market in 2016.

  • U.S. goods exports to Zimbabwe in 2016 were $30 million, down 20.6% ($8 million) from 2015 and down 36.8% from 2006.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: machinery ($10 million), cereals ($4 million), vehicles ($3 million), vegetables  ($3 million), and electrical machinery ($2 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Zimbabwe totaled $9 million in 2016. Leading domestic export categories include: coarse grains (ex. corn) ($4 million), pulses ($3 million), vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($1 million), planting seeds ($13 thousand), and dairy products ($10 thousand). 


  • Zimbabwe was the United States' 155th largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

  • U.S. goods imports from Zimbabwe totaled $23 million in 2016, down 65.1% ($44 million) from 2015, and down 77.3% from 2006.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: sugar ($9 million), iron and steel ($6 million), coffee, tea & spice  ($4 million), salt, sulfur, earths, and stone  ($940 thousand), and hides and skins ($536 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Zimbabwe totaled $14 million in 2016. Leading categories include: raw beet & cane sugar ($9 million), tea, incl herb ($2 million), spices ($913 thousand), tobacco ($512 thousand), and coffee, unroasted ($332 thousand). 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. trade balance with Zimbabwe shifted from a goods trade deficit of $29 million in 2015 to a goods trade surplus of $7 million in 2016. 


  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Zimbabwe (stock) was $8 million in 2. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Zimbabwe.

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Zimbabwe are available.