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

Trade Agreements: The U.S. signed Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFA) with the East African Community (EAC) in 2008, and with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in 2001. Kenya is a member of both regional organizations. USTR’s Africa Office is also leading U.S. efforts to forge a new trade and investment partnership with the East African Community.

U.S.-Kenya Trade Facts

Kenya is currently our 96th largest goods trading partner with $1.1 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2013. Goods exports totaled $651 million; Goods imports totaled $451 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Kenya was $201 million in 2013.

Exports

Kenya was the United States' 95th largest goods export market in 2013.

U.S. goods exports to Kenya in 2013 were $651 million, up 14.5% ($83 million) from 2012, and up 232% from 2003.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) for 2013 were: Aircraft ($217 million), Machinery ($104 million), Optic and Medical Instruments ($45 million), Electrical Machinery ($37 million), and Cereals (grain sorgham) ($26 million).

U.S. exports of agricultural products to Kenya totaled $81 million in 2013. Leading categories were: coarse grains ($22 million) and vegetable oil (excluding soybeans) ($15 million).

Imports

Kenya was the United States' 92nd largest supplier of goods imports in 2013.

U.S. goods imports from Kenya totaled $451 million in 2013, a 15.7% increase ($61 million) from 2012, and up 81% from 2003.

The five largest import categories in 2013 were: Knit Apparel ($160 million), Woven Apparel ($148 million), Spices, Coffee, and Tea (coffee) ($39 million), Edible Fruit and Nuts (macadamia nuts) ($29 million), and Electrical Machinery ($22 million).

U.S. imports of agricultural products from Kenya totaled $90 million in 2013. Leading categories include: coffee (unroasted) ($33 million), and tree nuts ($30 million).

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Kenya was $201 million in 2013, a 11.9% increase ($21 million) over 2012.

Historical Trade Data

U.S. Goods Trade with Kenya (in million of dollars) 

 

 

 

1980

 

1985

 

1990

 

1994

 

2000

 

2003

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

 

Balance

 

87

 

5

 

58

 

62

 

127

 

-53

 

64

 

80

 

179

 

201

 

Exports

 

141

 

97

 

115

 

170

 

238

 

197

 

375

 

461

 

569

 

651

 

Imports

 

54

 

92

 

58

 

108

 

110

 

249

 

311

 

382

 

390

 

451

Investment

U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Kenya (stock) was $259 million in 2012 (latest data available), down 33.6 percent from 2011.

There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Kenya.

Kenya FDI in the United States (stock) was not available in 2012.


*NOTE: No services trade data with Kenya is available.

4/17/14