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Liberia

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

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and Liberia signed a Trade & Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 2007. The most recent U.S.-Liberia TIFA Council Meeting was held in March 2009.

U.S.-Liberia Trade Facts

Liberia is currently our 145th largest goods trading partner with $222 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $158 million; goods imports totaled $64 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Liberia was $94 million in 2016. 

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Liberia supported an estimated 7 hundred jobs in 2015 (latest data available). 

Exports

  • Liberia was the United States' 133rd largest goods export market in 2016.

  • U.S. goods exports to Liberia in 2016 were $158 million, up 16.4% ($22 million) from 2015 and up 132.9% from 2006.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: machinery ($43 million), cereals (wheat, meslin) ($26 million), vehicles ($13 million), special other (low value estimates) ($12 million), and miscellaneous textile articles ($12 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Liberia totaled $34 million in 2016. Leading domestic export categories include: wheat ($26 million), prepared food ($2 million), poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($2 million), condiments & sauces ($772 thousand), and dairy products ($718 thousand). 

Imports

  • Liberia was the United States' 132nd largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

  • U.S. goods imports from Liberia totaled $64 million in 2016, up 42.7% ($19 million) from 2015, but down 54.2% from 2006.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: rubber ($41 million), special other (returns) ($21 million), precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($805 thousand), fats and oils (palm oil) ($604 thousand), and art and antiques ($137 thousand).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Liberia totaled $42 million in 2016. The leading domestic export category is: rubber & allied products ($41 million). 

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Liberia was $94 million in 2016, a 3.3% increase ($3 million) over 2015 

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Liberia (stock) was $1.0 billion in 2016, a 2.3% decrease from 2015. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Liberia.

  • Liberia's FDI in the United States (stock) was $461 million in 2016, down 8.0% from 2015. The distribution of Liberia FDI in the United States is not available. 

NOTE: No services trade data with Liberia are available.