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Sao Tome and Principe

AGOA Status: Sao Tome and Principe is eligible for AGOA this year.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and Sao Tome and Principe have no trade or investment agreements.

U.S.-Sao Tome and Principe Trade Facts

Sao Tome and Principe is currently our 217th largest goods trading partner with $4 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2019. Goods exports totaled $3 million; goods imports totaled $2 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sao Tome and Principe was $1 million in 2019.

Exports

  • Sao Tome and Principe was the United States' 212th largest goods export market in 2019.
  • U.S. goods exports to Sao Tome and Principe in 2019 were $3 million, up 30.4% ($628 thousand) from 2018 but down 32.9% from 2009. 
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2019 were: perfumery, cosmetics ($695 thousand), beverages (non alcoholic) ($348 thousand), iron and steel products ($343 thousand), machinery ($286 thousand), and electrical machinery ($190 thousand).
  • U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Sao Tome and Principe totaled $573 thousand in 2019.

Imports

  • Sao Tome and Principe was the United States' 210th largest supplier of goods imports in 2019.
  • U.S. goods imports from Sao Tome and Principe totaled $2 million in 2019, up 114.9% ($816 thousand) from 2018, and up 615% from 2009. 
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2019 were: special other (returns) ($526 thousand), optical and medical instruments ($322 thousand), machinery ($298 thousand), electrical machinery ($216 thousand), and special other (low value estimates) ($48 thousand).
  • U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Sao Tome and Principe totaled $51 thousand in 2019.

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Sao Tome and Principe was $1 million in 2019, a 13.8% decrease ($187 thousand) over 2018.

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Sao Tome and Principe (stock) was $21 million in 2019, unchanged from 2018. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Sao Tome and Principe.
  • No data on Sao Tome and Principe's FDI in the U.S. are available. There is no information on the distribution of Sao Tome and Principe FDI in the U.S.

NOTE: No services trade data with Sao Tome and Principe are available.