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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

Zambia is currently our 156th largest goods trading partner with $131 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2015. Goods exports totaled $84 million; goods imports totaled $47 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zambia was $37 million in 2015.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of Goods to Zambia supported an estimated 6 hundred jobs in 2014 (latest data available).


Zambia was the United States' 149th largest goods export market in 2015.

U.S. goods exports to Zambia in 2015 were $84 million, down 26% ($30 million) from 2014 but up 189% from 2005. 

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: machinery ($35 million), rubber ($8 million), special other (low value estimates) ($7 million), vehicles ($7 million), and electrical machinery ($7 million).

U.S. exports of agricultural products to Zambia totaled $910 thousand in 2015.


Zambia was the United States' 144th largest supplier of goods imports in 2015.

U.S. goods imports from Zambia totaled $47 million in 2015, down 15% ($9 million) from 2014, but up 49% from 2005. 

The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: precious metal and stone (emeralds) ($35 million), other base metals (cobalt) ($8 million), iron and steel ($3 million), special other (returns) ($429 thousand), and copper ($297 thousand).

U.S. imports of agricultural products from Zambia totaled $429 thousand in 2015.

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zambia was $37 million in 2015, a 36.6% decrease ($21 million) over 2014.


U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Zambia (stock) was $127 million in 2014 (latest data available), a 6.7% increase from 2013. 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.

NOTE: No services trade data with Zambia are available.