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U.S.-Benin Trade Facts

AGOA Status: Benin is eligible for AGOA this year. It also qualifies for textile and apparel benefits.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), which includes Benin, signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 2002.

Benin is currently our 138th largest goods trading partner with $268 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $250 million; goods imports totaled $18 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Benin was $232 million in 2017.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Benin supported an estimated 3 thousand jobs in 2015 (latest data available).

Exports

  • Benin was the United States' 119th largest goods export market in 2017.

  • U.S. goods exports to Benin in 2017 were $250 million, up 6.4% ($15 million) from 2016 but down 13.6% from 2007. 

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: vehicles ($173 million), meat (poultry) ($12 million), cereals (rice) ($11 million), mineral fuels ($11 million), and machinery ($6 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Benin totaled $40 million in 2017. Leading domestic export categories include: poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($12 million), rice ($11 million), pulses ($4 million), vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($3 million), and wine & beer ($3 million).

Imports

  • Benin was the United States' 158th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

  • U.S. goods imports from Benin totaled $18 million in 2017, up 153.2% ($11 million) from 2016, and up 251.0% from 2007. 

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: edible fruit & nuts (cocoa, brazil, cashew)($16 million), artificial flowers, feather or down articles ($344 thousand), furniture and bedding ($342 thousand), live animals (live reptiles) ($271 thousand), and special other (returns) ($164 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Benin totaled $16 million in 2017. The leading category is: tree nuts ($16 million).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Benin was $232 million in 2017, a 1.9% increase ($4 million) over 2016.

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Benin (stock) was $2 million in 2017, unchanged from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Benin.

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


NOTE: No services trade data with Benin are available.