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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 156th largest goods trading partner with $150 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $84 million; goods imports totaled $66 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zambia was $18 million in 2017.

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


  • Zambia was the United States' 149th largest goods export market in 2017.

  • U.S. goods exports to Zambia in 2017 were $84 million, up 2.8% ($2 million) from 2016 and up 20.9% from 2007. 

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: machinery ($40 million), rubber ($11 million), special other (low value estimate) ($7 million), vehicles ($5 million), and electrical machinery ($4 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Zambia totaled $822 thousand in 2017.


  • Zambia was the United States' 135th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

  • U.S. goods imports from Zambia totaled $66 million in 2017, up 41.9% ($19 million) from 2016, and up 35.4% from 2007. 

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: precious metal and stone (emeralds) ($44 million), other base metals (cobalt) ($15 million), copper ($5 million), coffee, tea & spice (coffee) ($1 million), and dairy, eggs, honey ($358 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Zambia totaled $2 million in 2017.

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Zambia was $18 million in 2017, a 49.1% decrease ($17 million) over 2016.


  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Zambia (stock) was $68 million in 2016 (latest data available), a 3.0% increase from 2015.

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Zambia are available.