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Sierra Leone

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 163rd largest goods trading partner with $128 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2018. Goods exports totaled $71 million; goods imports totaled $57 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sierra Leone was $15 million in 2018.

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' 161st largest goods export market in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods exports to Sierra Leone in 2018 were $71 million, down 9.7% ($8 million) from 2017 but up 20.4% from 2008. 
     
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: vehicles ($18 million), miscellaneous food ($17 million), meat ($8 million), machinery ($5 million), and special other ($3 million).
     
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Sierra Leone totaled $27 million in 2018. Leading domestic export categories include: condiments & sauces ($16 million), poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($8 million), rice ($1 million), prepared food ($457 thousand), and vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($289 thousand).

Imports

  • Sierra Leone was the United States' 141st largest supplier of goods imports in 2018.
     
  • U.S. goods imports from Sierra Leone totaled $57 million in 2018, up 21.2% ($10 million) from 2017, and up 18.5% from 2008. 
     
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2018 were: machinery ($25 million), ores, slag, and ash ($15 million), precious metal and stone ($5 million), electrical machinery ($5 million), and optical and medical instruments ($1 million).
     
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Sierra Leone totaled $1 million in 2018.

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sierra Leone was $15 million in 2018, a 54.1% decrease ($18 million) over 2017.

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.