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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 152nd largest goods trading partner with $179 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2013. Goods exports totaled $141 million; Goods imports totaled $37 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zambia was $104 million in 2013.


Zambia was the United States’ 146th largest goods export market in 2013. 

U.S. goods exports to Zambia in 2013 were $141 million, down 3.7% ($6 million) from 2012.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2013 were: Machinery ($66 million), Rubber ($18 million), Vehicles ($12 million), Special Other (low value shipments) ($12 million), and Aircraft ($6 million).

U.S. exports of agricultural products to Zambia totaled $1 million in 2013.


Zambia was the United States’ 146th largest supplier of goods imports in 2013. 

U.S. goods imports from Zambia totaled $37 million in 2013, a 40.7% decrease ($26 million) from 2012. 

The five largest import categories in 2013 were: Precious Stones (emeralds) ($17 million), Other Base Metals (cobalt) ($15 million), Copper ($4 million), Machinery ($269 thousand), and Cotton, Yarn, Fabric ($200 thousand).

U.S. imports of agricultural products from Zambia totaled $300 thousand in 2013.

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zambia was $104 million in 2013, a 24.1% increase ($20 million) over 2012.


U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Zambia (stock) was $144 million in 2012 (latest data available), a 10.8% increase from 2011.

There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Zambia. 

Zambia FDI in the United States (stock) was $6 million in 2012. 

There is no information on Zambia FDI in the U.S.

*NOTE: No services trade data with Zambia is available.