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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 160th largest goods trading partner with $126 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $79 million; goods imports totaled $47 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sierra Leone was $33 million in 2017.

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).

Exports

  • Sierra Leone was the United States' 153rd largest goods export market in 2017.

  • U.S. goods exports to Sierra Leone in 2017 were $79 million, up 25.3% ($16 million) from 2016 and up 42.9% from 2007.  

  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: miscellaneous food ($16 million), vehicles ($14 million), special other ($13 million), machinery ($6 million), and meat ($6 million).

  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Sierra Leone totaled $28 million in 2017. Leading domestic export categories include: condiments & sauces ($15 million), poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($6 million), wheat ($5 million), prepared food ($590 thousand), and rice ($474 thousand). 

Imports

  • Sierra Leone was the United States' 146th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

  • U.S. goods imports from Sierra Leone totaled $47 million in 2017, up 54.9% ($17 million) from 2016, but down 3.2% from 2007.  

  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: precious metal and stone ($30 million), ores, slag, and ash ($8 million), optical and medical instruments ($2 million), machinery ($2 million), and electrical machinery ($1 million).

  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Sierra Leone totaled $678 thousand in 2017.  

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sierra Leone was $33 million in 2017, a 1.6% decrease ($533 thousand) over 2016. 

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Sierra Leone (stock) was $13 million in 2017, a 7.1% decrease from 2016. 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. There is no information on the distribution of Sierra Leone FDI in the U.S. 

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