U.S.-Benin Trade Facts
AGOA Status: Benin is eligible for AGOA this year. It also qualifies for textile and apparel benefits.
Benin is currently our 145th largest goods trading partner with $273 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $254 million; goods imports totaled $19 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Benin was $235 million in 2018.
According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Benin supported an estimated 3 thousand jobs in 2015 (latest data available).
Benin was the United States' 125th largest goods export market in 2018.
U.S. goods exports to Benin in 2018 were $254 million, up 1.8% ($4 million) from 2017 but down 70.0% from 2008.
The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: vehicles ($189 million), meat (poultry) ($18 million), beverages (wine) ($10 million), cereals (rice) ($6 million), and miscellaneous textile articles ($4 million).
- U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Benin totaled $41 million in 2018. Leading domestic export categories include: poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($18 million), wine & beer ($9 million), rice ($6 million), pulses ($2 million), and vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($2 million).
Benin was the United States' 158th largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
U.S. goods imports from Benin totaled $19 million in 2018, up 7.6% ($1 million) from 2017, but down 38.2% from 2008.
The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: edible fruit & nuts (cocoa, brazil, cashew) ($16 million), wood and wood products ($1 million), art and antiques ($603 thousand), furniture and bedding ($420 thousand), and woven apparel ($373 thousand).
- U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Benin totaled $16 million in 2018. The leading category is: tree nuts ($16 million).
- The U.S. goods trade surplus with Benin was $235 million in 2018, a 1.3% increase ($3 million) over 2017.
U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Benin (stock) was $2 million in 2018, unchanged from 2017. 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.