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Mauritania

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

In 2019, Mauritania GDP was an estimated $5.7 billion (current market exchange rates); real GDP was up by an estimated 5.9%; and the population was 4 million. (Source: IMF)

Mauritania is currently our 171st largest goods trading partner with $96 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2019. Goods exports totaled $91 million; goods imports totaled $5 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Mauritania was $86 million in 2019.

Exports

  • Mauritania was the United States' 157th largest goods export market in 2019.
  • U.S. goods exports to Mauritania in 2019 were $91 million, up 2.6% ($2 million) from 2018 and up 61.1% from 2009. 
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2019 were: machinery ($24 million), meat (poultry) ($15 million), vehicles ($9 million), mineral fuels ($9 million), and inorganic chemicals ($7 million).
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Mauritania totaled $16 million in 2019. Leading domestic export categories include: poultry meat & products (ex. eggs) ($15 million), prepared food ($184 thousand), fresh fruit ($57 thousand), fresh vegetables ($21 thousand), and rice ($10 thousand).

Imports

  • Mauritania was the United States' 187th largest supplier of goods imports in 2019.
  • U.S. goods imports from Mauritania totaled $5 million in 2019, down 62.0% ($8 million) from 2018, and down 85.5% from 2009. 
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2019 were: special other (returns) ($2 million), fish and seafood (other seafood) ($1 million), fertilizers ($975 thousand), miscellaneous manufactured goods ($609 thousand), and prepared meat and fish (crustaceans) ($488 thousand).
  • There were no agricultural products imported from Mauritania in 2019.

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Mauritania was $86 million in 2019, a 14.1% increase ($11 million) over 2018.

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Mauritania (stock) was $96 million in 2019, a 231.0% increase from 2018. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Mauritania.
  • No data on Mauritania's FDI in the U.S. are available. There is no information on the distribution of Mauritania FDI in the U.S.

NOTE: No services trade data with Mauritania are available.