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AGOA Status: On November 2, 2018, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to terminate the eligibility of Mauritania for trade preference benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), as of January 1, 2019, due to forced labor practices.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and Mauritania have no trade agreements.

U.S.-Mauritania Trade Facts

Mauritania is currently our 147th largest goods trading partner with $189 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. 


  • Mauritania was the United States' 136th largest goods export market in 2017.
  • U.S. goods exports to Mauritania in 2017 were $128 million, up 9.9% ($12 million) from 2016 and up 24.5% from 2007. 
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: aircraft ($54 million), machinery ($28 million), meat($9 million), inorganic chemicals ($6 million), and electrical machinery ($4 million).


  • Mauritania was the United States' 139th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.
  • U.S. goods imports from Mauritania totaled $61 million in 2017, up 22.1% ($11 million) from 2016, and up 8,405.8% from 2007. 
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: mineral fuels ($55 million), special other($3 million), fish and seafood ($2 million), fertilizers ($2 million), and prepared meat and fish ($475 thousand).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Mauritania was $66 million in 2017, a 0.6% increase ($415 thousand) over 2016.