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Sierra Leone

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

U.S.-Sierra Leone Trade Facts

Sierra Leone is currently our 169th largest goods trading partner with $93 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $63 million; goods imports totaled $30 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sierra Leone was $33 million in 2016. 

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


  • Sierra Leone was the United States' 159th largest goods export market in 2016.

  • U.S. goods exports to Sierra Leone in 2016 were $63 million, down 18.3% ($14 million) from 2015 but up 61.0% from 2006.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: miscellaneous food  ($13 million), vehicles ($12 million), machinery ($6 million), meat  ($6 million), and furniture and bedding ($5 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Sierra Leone totaled $22 million in 2016. Leading domestic export categories include: condiments & sauces ($11 million), poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($6 million), prepared food ($1 million), rice ($723 thousand), and processed vegetables ($444 thousand). 


  • Sierra Leone was the United States' 151st largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

  • U.S. goods imports from Sierra Leone totaled $30 million in 2016, down 24.0% ($9 million) from 2015, and down 16.7% from 2006.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: ores, slag, and ash  ($20 million), electrical machinery ($2 million), precious metal and stone ($2 million), machinery ($2 million), and optical and medical instruments ($1 million).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Sierra Leone totaled $792 thousand in 2016.  

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sierra Leone was $33 million in 2016, a 12.4% decrease ($5 million) over 2015. 



  • Data on U.S. FDI in Sierra Leone are unavailable. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Sierra Leone.

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

NOTE: No services trade data with Sierra Leone are available.